When people list the books that changed their lives, often those books are classics. That’s fair enough; there is, after all, a reason why those books are studied and praised decades after their release. The book that changed my life isn’t a classic, but it is one I hope you’ve read. The book that changed my life is the first one I published, Breaking the Cycle.
My bio says that I’m a lost journalism graduate. It’s true, I am. I don’t remember making a conscious decision to go into journalism or to be a journalist. I liked writing and I happened to be good at writing news reports, so it fit. For three years I toiled away at my degree. Then I graduated. Can you hear the ominous music? For years I tried to get a job in a newsroom, PR firm, anywhere that would put my degree to use. It was to no avail.
In my long period of limbo I discovered Amazon and the masses of books available at my fingertips. I have always loved to read and with my copious amounts of spare time, I devoured book after book. I started fine tuning what I liked, what I didn’t like. I started to articulate what worked well and what didn’t. Then the voices started. I still remember as a little girl, sitting down at my Nanna’s typewriter to write stories. Now, I started doing it again, but with a pen and paper this time.
Eventually the voices I was hearing came to be Bria and Reed. Breaking the Cycle was born. Now, here I am, having just typed ~End of Rocking Racers~ on Book Eight, Breaking Ground. I never, ever thought I’d have one book published, let alone eight!
Along the way there’s been a lot of tears, hair pulling (my own), late nights, early mornings, pages upon pages of words written. I like to think along the way I’ve grown and matured as a writer. I know I have as a person.
I’m no longer the lost journalism graduate. I’m a writer. An author. I’m someone who has found her passion and is going to do everything she can to make it. This is what I want. This is who I am. These books, this series means the world to me. They truly are books that changed my life because they have become my life.
I know some of you would like to hear from the second generation of the Ryan Racing family. I would too, but there won’t be any more books for the foreseeable future. It may be that I do come back to them one day, but it won’t be soon. This family has seen enough drama to last a few lifetimes and I want to give them a break. Also, I don’t want to be that person who doesn’t know when to stop. I’m going in a bit of a different direction now and I hope you’ll follow me.
I want to thank each and every one of you who has picked up one of my books. I want to thank each and every one of you who has written a review, told a friend, and/or blogged, Facebooked, Tweeted, and/or Instagrammed about any of my books. It means more than you know.
Most of all I want to thank Becky and Liv who took a chance on a lost journalism graduate who wrote down what the characters in her head were telling her. Oh, and Jane Austen, as Pride and Prejudice is the book that sent me on this path!