Welcome to the first Tuesday Blog Hop of 2016 with Romance Writers Weekly! I'm kicking off the new year by asking my fellow RWW members about firsts (doesn't that seem appropriate?):
Choose your top three "First" memories and write about them. Suggestions are: First book you remember reading (or being read to you). First romance novel you fell in love with. First "big" trip. First love/kiss. First pet. First Christmas/other holiday.
Once I started thinking about this topic, the ideas came fast and furious. So many great firsts in my life – so hard to only pick three! I decided I had to narrow it down to reading and writing. Here goes:
First Time I Believed in Myself as a Writer: I've always been a voracious reader, which led to English and Creative Writing being my favourite lessons in elementary school. But it wasn't until Grade 7 when I can truly remember thinking I might have a talent for story-telling. I still have the story on which my teacher wrote his belief that I should try and sell it to a magazine. The memory of that note still makes me warm and gooey inside.
First Time I Wrote "The End": My first published work, Mountain Fire, was a long time in the making. With a job, a young family, and only one computer in the house, it was hard to find time to write. But then in December 2010 my husband bought me a laptop for Christmas. A few months later I finished the first draft of Mountain Fire. The sense of accomplishment I had was tremendous. At that time, I didn't even care if it ever was published – I had set a goal for myself "to write a book" and I had done it!
First Book I Fell in Love With: This was an easy one - Anne of Green Gables. It's been a while since I've re-read the story of Anne-with-an-e, but I think it's safe to say that I've read the entire series so many times I'd need my toes to count. Gilbert was my first book boyfriend, and the vivacious and free-spirited Anne a girl I longed to meet in real life. Best of all – for a young girl dreaming of being a writer, to know that a Canadian woman wrote one of the best loved characters of all time was a true inspiration.
And speaking of awesome Canadian women writers, your next stop on the hop is with Victoria Barbour. Which firsts did she decide to share?