SJ’s Road to Published Author

Hello and welcome to my first Curious Bluster post. I’m over the moon about blogging with this fabulous group. I plan on sharing all kinds of things in my future posts. Today, I’m taking you on a walk down my memory lane from little girl to published author. This is my story.

As a young girl, I danced around my room acting out the stories that filled my imagination. With the radio blaring the latest top forty, I made up emotional tales of love, loss, and always the happily ever after. I enjoyed acting out my little stories for family and friends. So, it came to no one’s surprise when my mom enrolled my in dance classes.

I’ve always been a reader, but dance was my focus, especially performing on stage and acting out the story I set to the choreography. After college where I majored in dance and business, I danced on scholarship with a company in Chicago. It’s there that my knees started to give me problems and soon my dreams started to shift.

Flash forward a decade when my personal prince charming and I had our first of two sons. I stopped teaching dance in my free time and I started to read more than ever before. Back then I was devouring three to five books a week. I started to see the patterns. Like a choreographed dance, I saw the pacing of the cute meet, the start of the conflict, the page number where the first kiss usually appeared, and so on. I found this fascinating and took the latest story filling my imagination and set it to these beats I’d found.

You’d think at this point, I’d start to write. Nope. I continued to read and reread some of my favorite books. I asked my brother, one of the writers in my family, about his process. What I didn’t realize, was that my study of the writing craft had already begun. After my youngest was born, I found Cherise Sinclair. Her books changed everything for me. The latest story floating around my thoughts shifted. After waking up in the middle of the night by my story, I opened Word and typed out the scene.

First there was relief, because I could read the scene that wasn’t leaving me alone, but then a new scene demanded to be written. I’d freed the muse and she became ravenous to write and to learn more about the craft of writing. This is where I entered the world of blog posts. Wow, there is a wealth of information on the internet.

In October 2011, I started my blog and a year later I’d finished two manuscripts. The first is buried, but in the fall of 2012, I sent the second manuscript to three publishers. That was a learning experience. They all said no, but they all gave me advice too. I clearly still had a lot to learn. I worked through all of the notes I’d received from the publishers and found myself a new critique partner. Her help was priceless.

A fabulous friend suggested I submit to her publisher. I listened on June 11, 2013 and nine days later, they accepted! I now have four books published with Evernight Publishing.

My road was indirect and misleading at times, but I finally read all the signs and here I am.

Until next time. Love and Hugs, SJ

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Donna Cummings
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 23:14:11

    I love hearing how writers get started — and this was delightful. I can see how choreography and writing use similar skill sets. I’m glad you’re getting to use all of your wonderful talents. 🙂

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  2. Liz Castillo
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 18:46:54

    What a road to travel and I am glad that you are now published. Your stories always brighten my day and nights. 😉

    I look forward to your future posts and the unburial of that first story. I think it has slept enough.

    Your friend, reader & supporter,
    ~ Liz 🙂

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    • S.J. Maylee
      Jul 28, 2014 @ 14:00:21

      Lol, Liz. I do need to revisit Sam’s story. I love her cute meet with Mark. Oh and that one scene and that other scene too. 🙂 But it does need a LOT of work. I will get to it though. Promise.

      Reply

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