Well, for starters… she’s me! I love reading, listening to K-LOVE, cupcakes, and my family. Not necessarily in that order.
Unlike some authors, I wasn’t born with a pencil in my hand. I did go through a phase of writing two-page mysteries when I was eight, however, where characters had names like Mary Alice Higgenbotham and the villain was occasionally a cat. In fact, my dad still has those stories and keeps threatening to sell them on eBay. But that’s a story for a different day. Along with why his nickname for me is Lambie Pie.
(EMBARRASSING FACT: My family actually yelled “Yay, Lambie Pie!” when my name was called at my college graduation. I am not even lying.)
Anyway, aside from that early but brief attack of the writing bug, I didn’t really start writing until I was in my early *cough*. (That’s French for “older than I’m admitting here.”) Which just goes to show that you’re never too old to learn something new. Or to speak fake French.
In my younger days, I was a pretty normal girl. Boy crazy since kindergarten, I think I had my first “boyfriend” in fourth grade. Dates back then consisted of meeting at the roller rink (wheels had just been invented) and grabbing the combs out of each other’s back pockets. Très romantic, I know.
Gimme a C!
By the time I hit junior high and high school, I was Cheerleader Girl. I played lots of other sports too–softball, volleyball, track, gymnastics, diving–but cheering became my passion. I wasn’t a bookaholic, but I was a sucker for teen romances and the Cheerleaders series (short-lived, but addicting). I also loved THE WESTING GAME by Ellen Raskin. Cipher mysteries for the win!
But what I remember most about growing up is being a champion daydreamer. I used to make lists–lots and lots of lists–of all the ways I wanted to make a difference in the world. The bigger the dream, the better!
College went by in a flash. I did a bit of cheering, rushed a sorority, studied, and hung out with friends. Before I knew it, I was graduating (remember the Lambie Pie incident?) and jumping into the world of grown-ups. Writing came along a while after that. I did my time as a good little Corporate girl, got my MBA…
Wait, are you still with me? I heard some snoring there and thought it might be you. (I know. It bored me too. Which leads me to…)
Time for a little shake & bake
Eventually, I got sick of reading business books and needed something to shake things up. One quick trip to my local library, and I was hooked on fiction again. I’d forgotten how much fun reading books without bar charts could be!
In the end, I decided it was way more entertaining to relive my younger years by writing stories I wish were based on my real life. Which brings us back to being Writer Girl. I started off being a boy-crazy girl who loved dreaming big and turned into a happy author writing about smart girls, big dreams, romance, and making a difference in the world. Sometimes I even get to write in my pajamas and fuzzy slippers. (Best. Job. EVER.)