There is no WIP Update today, as I am taking part in the Origins Blogfest hosted by the super-cool DL Hammons over at Cruising Altitude 2.0 .
So, where did my passion for both reading and writing fiction begin? What is my origin story?
I've always had a vivid imagination. One of the side-effects of being in the foster-care system is that you were constantly dreaming up tales about your parents coming to retrieve you or your real parents being somebody rich and famous. You spent hours telling other children these stories and listening to theirs. I was also fortunate to be placed for a while with a foster family who believed reading and writing were key skills for a childs development. Flash cards, spelling tests, and reading activities were a daily activity. We visited the library every week. All of this meant I developed a passion for writing and reading.
But I did not even consider writing fiction until my late teens, after I read The Stand by Stephen King. It was my first King novel and after finishing it I asked myself for the first time, 'Could I write a book?'. I decided the answer was yes. Horror wasn't my chosen genre, though. It was always going to be science fiction, which I also developed a passion for with the same foster family. Every Thursday I was allowed to stay up late to watch Star Trek. Other programmes followed, such as Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, and Space 1999. I was and still am crazy about anything sci-fi. My very first story was about an intergalactic hooverman who cleared space debris. Yes. I know. It was bad. But I loved it.
There you have it. Now you know how my love of writing began. How about yours? What is your origin story?