Origins Blogfest…

Thanks DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude for this fun blogfest.  I love hearing about how people got started writing. 

When my first novel released last September, I went on a blog tour and often got asked how I started writing. 

Most people gave a giggle or gasped when I said I’d never dreamed I’d be walking this writing journey.

As in….never. 

I didn’t grow up writing little stories or poems. I wasn’t on the school newspaper or year book.  

The only artistic thing I did was a little drawing and pottery, but that’s about it.

So, in 2007 when a story popped into my head after reading Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness, I started writing. Within a few months I had an 87,000-word novel I had no idea what to do with. 

My BFF told me, “Take the next step.” 

I was like, “I don’t even know what the next step is.” 

I started asking around and found an author who was willing to point me in the right direction:  A critique group. 

The rest is history.  I’m so blessed to be on this writing journey, and I’m glad to have you along. 


52 thoughts on “Origins Blogfest…

  1. I loved ‘This Present Darkness’. It was the first time I’d ever heard the term, “ankle biting demons”… Use it ALL the time in real life! *g*

    It was also the first time I’d read a novel, so dedicated to NOT using foul language (I do like me some foul language). It was refreshing, in the end. Don’t know that I even noticed it early on. Which is odd, I think, given the tense subject matter.

    Your Origins are inspiring, Lynn. Stories like yours are so few and far between. It gives me hope that *the lottery*… Is a BIG FAT LIE. (A writer can dream.)

    I’m psyched I came across your spot today! Still working my way through the Fest! Great to *meet* you!

    • Hi, Scarlett. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Frank did a GREAT job with the tension — love that ankle biting demons thing. Awesome! 🙂

    • HUGE! So true, Arlee!! It’s still surreal when I see my stuff on Amazon or someone emails me to tell me they read my book. CRAZY fun!

  2. This is an incredible story. It shows that it is never too late to become an author and it also shows that your must be extremely talented. I love your story. You must be very proud . I am impressed. I am a new follower and very happy to be here.

  3. Yes, This Present Darkness certainly inspired me, too. My first completed novel (NaNo) was paranormal fiction, and I thought I’d be the next Peretti…unfortunately, it was a meager 50,000 words and I haven’t had time to go back and add 30,000! Glad you’ve found your niche. And nice to meet you via the bloghop!

    • Hi, Heather. Nice to meet you via the blog hop, too!!!! Love it!!! You like This Present Darkness, too, huh? Great story, isn’t it? I’ll never forget how he described those demons clawing at the human *shivers*. Such an inspiration. 🙂

    • Hi, Tonja. Thanks for swinging by. I call it a God Thing. Because I’m sure on my own I never would have had all those stories flooding my brain like they did! LOL. I’m so blessed to have the time to do a lot of writing since I only work half time. 🙂

    • Hi, JL It’s nice to meet you, too!!!! When I get home from work, I hope to hit more blogs and read more Origins stories!!! 🙂 Love blogfests!

  4. Your story is rather unique after reading so many involving childhood dreams or adolescent aspirations. Good for you though! Thank you for sharing with us today! 🙂

    • Well, I have been called STRANGE before, so it’s a good fit. LOL!! Yeah, You just never know where you’re going to end up, do ya? I think I shocked the heck out of a lot of people when I told them I’d written a book, and then even more so when I told them I’d be published. It’s a crazy journey. But one I LOVE!

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