I wrote the books I should have liked to read. That's always been my reason for writing.
I have always been enamored with the ancient and medieval world. Chivalry, romance, courage, epic battles, devilish villains and noble heroes captivated me. Being transported to a world that was different from mine, a world so removed from my own life tantalized me. Naturally, I fell in love with medieval fantasy.
It started with C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia, then Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and then I discovered that, lo and behold, there were many modern works of medieval fantasy!
Now, I have always been a daydreamer, a story-teller in my mind. Ever since I read Little House on the Prairie I have sometimes thought of things as if I were living a book. (Is that confusing, how I worded that, Selina thought.) Fantasy simply became another place for my imagination to soar.
I have discovered that the shower is an excellent place for contemplation and daydreaming. Thus, one day, as I daydreamed in the shower, I thought of a young man, in medieval garb. And this young man was hunting on another lord's property. He shot a deer, but was caught--by a young woman. And viola! The idea that became the first book I ever wrote, Calidonnae Sunrise,was born.
Originally, my writing was for my own enjoyment. Of course, that was a little boring, so I shared it with my family and a few close friends. They liked it. Really liked it. Obviously, I was destined to become an author and soar to the New York Times Bestseller list.
Enter me researching publishing and getting doused with a bucket of cold water.
Okay, so it's not that easy. But it's not impossible. So, now, with two novels written, I began querying literary agents.
I now know why I was rejected.
Since then, I have attended two writer's conferences, am following and/or subscribed to way too many writing and author help sites and blogs, and have written a sequel to Calidonnae Sunrise, a shorter-length novel Calidonnae: Secrets, two full-length novels, Books 1 and 2 of the Necarius Knights Trilogy, and am almost done with Book 3. I am working toward seeing that trilogy in print. After that, I have started plotting a sequel series for the Necarius Knights.
Never fear, though. While the Necarius Knights Trilogy is my focal point, I haven't given up on the Calidonnae books, and will most likely rework them into full-length fantasy novels someday.
To finish, I write for two reasons:
First, because I enjoy it. Because, like Lewis, I write the stories I would like to read.
Second, because I believe that God has given me these stories. I know that may sound trite, but I believe He has given me a message to share through the art of fantasy writing, because half the time I don't know where the stuff I write comes from. And as long as I enjoy it, as long as I believe that God has a plan for my writing, and as long as He keeps giving me ideas, I will continue to write.
Perhaps someday I will write something other than fantasy. I have many ideas, not just for fantasy, but for sci-fi, action-adventure, and even a couple dramas. But for now, I will stick with what God has given me: A desire to reach the world through fantasy.