As a native Texan, I had big dreams. I loved space and science and exploring the great outdoors. Nothing in the world seemed more incredible than the thought of being an astronaut and exploring space. I was young and didn’t know exactly how it worked back then, but that was what I wanted to do when I grew up.
I spent very little time reading because nothing was as interesting as TV, with shows like Star Trek and Buffy, and playing outside. Fortunately that changed. My father was a minister and had lots of different books that he used in his ministry. Some of them old and leather bound, while a few were newer and fiction by Christian authors. It was one of those books that led to my love of reading.
This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti changed my view of books. No longer were they boring and a task to be accomplished but a thrilling adventure that was thoroughly enjoyable. I had just started high school and now I looked forward to my reading tasks and writing assignments.
However, I still longed to explore space and my love of science. After high school, I attended college with the goal of getting a science based degree and then becoming a military pilot. I was smart enough to research and learn that a large number astronauts had that type of background and thought it would be my way in. So this is what I set out to accomplish.
In life, we don’t always achieve the goals we have set for ourselves and I’m no different. In college, I didn’t enjoy the degree program I had initially started and switched until eventually I decided to do the one thing that still felt like a step in the right direction. I joined the military.
In 2009, I joined the United States Air Force. While training to be an Network Intelligence Analyst, I met the man who would end up being my husband. I loved the sense of accomplishment that came with being in the military. Just like any job, there were good things and bad things but overall the good outweighed the bad. I served my country and did doing a job the was challenging and exciting. Unfortunately, my right knee didn’t agree and when my enlist came to an end I did what was best for my physical and mental health and said goodbye to the military. Well, as much as one can when the person they are married to is still in the military.
After the military, I decided I should go back to school and finish getting my degree. Not sure what to go to college for, I took a temporary job at Barnes & Noble. There, my love of reading was rekindled and I began to read a lot more. During my time selling books, my husband and I were blessed with our first child. We were extremely excited but that also made clear that I needed to find a more permanent job.
I finally decided that I wanted to go to back to college for Meteorology and looked into the schools that I could just that. I took my first semester of college in years a few months after giving birth to my son. It was both amazing and extremely difficult. I have been so incredibly blessed to have a husband that supports me in whatever endeavour I set out to accomplish. However, his support was limited when he was deployed and I was left as the only care-giver for our child.
So unfortunately I had to take a break from college for a semester, or so I thought. While deployed, my husband received orders to change duty locations just two months after he would return from deployment. That meant that I would have to find a new college to attend. Sadly, there were no colleges with my intended degree program and I was once more left to figure out what I would do for a career.
Deployments can be lonely and tedious for everyone affected by them. I had the comfort of my infant son but he was able to provide much in the way of mental stimulation. In step books to the rescue. I found the wonderful resource that was Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program and during my husband’s deployment read around 200 books. It was there that I discovered indie author’s such as Faleena Hopkins and May Sage. They are wonderful authors and, while they tell stories that I sometimes blush even thinking about, are what inspired me to try and self-publish.
Memorial Day weekend 2017, I decided I would seriously sit down and write a whole story. I didn’t know how long it would be, I just aimed to hit the minimum requirement for a full length novel. Come the middle of September that same year I had written just shy of 90k words and finished what will be my the first book I plan to publish at the end of December 2017.
I’ve been asked many times if the was my dream or if I always wanted to write. My honest answer had always been no. Reading and then later writing were things that I had to learn that I loved over time. I have always had a vivid imagination and my dreams were always crazy that some would label them nightmares. But I never felt afraid of my dreams, they were just exciting stories my brain was telling me while I slept. Now I’m taking those stories and sharing them with the world. I may not have dreamed of being a writer but my dreams were always filled with adventure and now I’m sharing those adventures with other people. I thank God every day for the gifts he has blessed my with and now the ability to share them.
Photo by Brieanna Davis