My Author Journey, From Dream to Reality. I am now ready to share my journey in the hopes that it will inspire people not to give up on their dreams, overcoming obstacles, and learning from mistakes they may encounter along the way. I am launching this blog because I can’t wait to share with others what I have learned along my journey from dream to reality as a published author. I look forward to speaking to your group! For availability, contact hello at flipandfriendsbooks.com
During bedtime, my children didn’t prefer books, they preferred, “Stories from your head.” I had often thought of writing down these wonderful stories that my children would request night after night. It didn’t occur to me until we were on a drive that was way too long, that I created a story on the spot to calm down all of the “Are we there yet?”, “I’m bored”, “I’m hungry”, “I have to pee” coming from the back of the car. This was the moment Flip and Friends was born and I quickly got to work making my lifelong dream a reality.
Every author has a story to tell. Here is the story of my journey:
As a kid, my mother constantly told me the following, “There is no such thing as trying, ONLY DOING. ” For as long as I can remember, I have been doing – Thanks Mom! Pretty much anything that I ever wanted to do, my mother supported it and did her best to help make it happen. This included baseball, soccer, bowling, acting, skateboarding, BMX racing, boarding school, a dog, you get the idea.
I never stopped writing poetry once I started. Poetry got me through the hardships of high school, college, etc. I kept my poetry to myself until I was in college, and my poetry mind was running on all cylinders. My friends & family would come to me when they were feeling down or I saw they could use some inspiration and I would write them a poem on the spot. Here is a poem I wrote after my brother Philip (Flip) was killed in a motorcycle accident:
I don’t know what to write.
You’re in my heart, and out of sight.
I did not know you so well,
But the few memories I love to tell.
I used to tickle you from afar,
No need to touch you, how bizarre?
Every weekend you were on the boat,
Who knew Phil could float?
Well, I need not bore you with my rhymes,
You’re probably up there making a couple of dimes.
Phil, you WILL surely be missed.
That’s enough, you get the gist!
Throughout my education, my friends always enjoyed my writing but my English teachers and professors did not. This phenomenon turned into a determination to become a published author. I organized all of my poetry into a book, and my plan was to get onto Oprah’s Book List. However, there was no Amazon Publishing in the 90’s, and the process to get a book published was very complicated
Fast forward 20 years…
I look forward to speaking to your group!
For availability, contact hello at flipandfriendsbooks.com
Thank you for sharing your journey. Your journey is an inspiration to all of us! Love the book Flip and Friends and looking forward to the next book and the next book!
Thank you so much for the kind words. Book #2 is being illustrated as we speak by Chava. I can’t wait for you to start to meet Flip’s friends!