If anyone has bothered to look at the first few pages of The Guardian of Hope, you’ll probably notice that it says “To my sisters, for whom I began writing.” And it’s true – I had this idea for a story I wanted to share with my sisters. But did you know there’s a second reason that I kept writing?
I’ve always been a dreamer, day or night, and so I’ve had stories run non-stop in my head for years. Seriously! I’d lay in bed and just imagine whole scenarios and play entire episodes of adventures, and as I got older I eventually would walk right before I slept because I’d get so excited about all the stories!
However, I came across one idea that I desperately wanted to share with my sisters, because I thought they’d appreciate it. I thought they’d like to read this cool story about a girl that gets transported to another world that’s kind of like a step back in time, in a sort of “medieval” backdrop, with lots of magic and fantasy creatures, and an epic battle. I mean, that gets me worked up just thinking about the plot! So, on our old computer with Windows 1995 (yeah, I’m that old), I started typing out the scenarios I imagined.
And it was really, really awful. I think I saved some of my early writings on a floppy disk somewhere – one day I’ll have to pull it out and get a floppy disk-to-CD converter and see if I can’t salvage any of those original writings, because it was terrible. I had started writing sometime around the end of my 8th grade year that summer, and I mimicked the only writers I was aware of, so my grasp of the writing language was good for my age, but horrific in terms of the book industry.
I didn’t care. I was just so excited about the story that I kept writing. However, I also kept reading, and the more I wrote the more I became aware of just how lacking I was in terms of skills, and so I kept writing. And rewriting. And writing some more. And…well, you get the picture.
Regardless, it was my desire to share my ideas on a story with my sisters that led me to take a shot at writing. Nowadays, I love writing so much that I do it because I love it and I couldn’t care less. Yet it was my desire to share my story with my sisters that first prompted me.
But that’s not all….
The other reason I started writing? I couldn’t get over how much fun it was to type on the computer, and how awesome Lucida Blackletter looked on the screen! Yes, yes…I am a nerd. A little bit of a calligraphy nerd, to be honest. But just look at it! It’s so awesome!
And that was what prompted me to start writing out “The Guardian of Hope.” I wish I could say it was a little more romantic than it is, like traveling to a faraway country or backpacking in the mountains, but that is the honest truth.