Not “Born to Run”, like Bruce Springsteen, but “Born to Write”
People often ask, “When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?”
I was a fat kid with bushy hair and buckteeth. I was always apologizing and worried about what everyone else thought. I was klutzy, having trouble walking ten feet without falling down. (
I now see this same trait in my own son, but at least he can run fast. I could never do that either.)
I’m all grown up now. Hallelujah! But that little fat kid who sat alone and wrote princess stories is still a part of me. She always will be. I invent worlds, and I’m still prone to favor happy endings.
Most recently, I signed a two-book deal with Simon and Schuster, and my debut novel, The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, was chosen as a Target Book Club/Emerging Author pick for the summer.
I always “believed” that I would be published, but with every rejection (and there were thousands), I questioned my talent. The one thing that kept me going was (and is) I WAS BORN TO IT. There was something in me—for as long as I can remember—that compelled me to put stories to paper, and there was a desire and need to share those stories. “Can I read you something?” This was and still is something I say/ask on a pretty regular basis.
Visit Michele at http://micheleyoung-stone.com