I am a jack of all trades, master of none. Well, that's not entirely true. I hope not anyway, or what does that say about my writing career? I've had a variety of "day jobs" over the years, mostly in retail sales, but also market research, financial services, and crisis counseling. Writing is something I've always loved to do, and always had a bit of talent for, but it was never something I considered making a career out of.
In high school, when we were all deciding on colleges and figuring out possible majors, everyone always assumed I'd be an English major. English was one of my best and favorite subjects, after all. My response to them was something along the lines of "Why the heck would I do that? I like to write, but do it for a living? Pfft."
Well.... here I am, ten years later, hoping to do just that, eventually. I didn't major in English - didn't even minor in it. Instead, I have a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, with a focus on Fashion Merchandising. (Music and Theater made up the rest of my major classes, with some interesting electives in things like Sociology and Forensic Psychology.)
Call me indecisive - I won't argue. But I think my indecision is indicative of something more than lack of focus. It shows that I'm not content to sacrifice my own happiness in order to follow a "traditional" path, or for the sake of making more money. The same thing applies in my writing. I won't sacrifice my voice or my integrity as a writer by jumping on a cash cow trend or genre. I certainly recognize that I'm writing for an audience and must therefore keep them in mind, but I believe I can do that while telling the stories I want to tell, in the way I want to tell them.
I hope you'll follow along on my journey to becoming published, and hopefully you'll enjoy the stories I tell. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Jello World, you can find me blogging as part of a collective at From the Write Angle, where we offer multiple perspectives on writing and the publishing industry.
For more of an "inside" look at who I am, check out this post.