Welcome to my brand new site! This is another in a list of recent firsts for me – first novel published (!), first radio interviews, first articles in the paper about aforementioned novel, first time I have really felt comfortable calling myself a writer.
Okay, scratch that last one. That one falls more into the category of “things I expected to happen when my first novel was (finally) published, but haven’t exactly.” I’ve always been far more comfortable describing myself as a “would-be” or “aspiring” or “wannabe” writer. Although I have written a monthly column for the biggest newspaper in my city, been nominated (in 2008) for The Best New Canadian Christian Author Award, been a finalist for two national writing awards, and – did I mention this? – published a novel, The Watcher, after it won the Word Alive Press publishing contest in 2010, I still have trouble casually referring to myself as a writer, much less an author or, gulp, the extremely heady “novelist.”
I’m not exactly sure why. I think it’s because, for someone who has always wanted to be a writer, the title carries with it so much weight. So much of an accomplished goal/dream/ambition is inferred by the actual use of the term, that it seems almost pompous, or maybe just anti-climactic, to drop the comfortable, less assuming pre-fixes.
I could just try to get over it. Or, and this option is considerably more appealing to me, I could just go by the title I am most comfortable with, and ask you to do the same, Sara.
It’s a pleasure to meet you.
Thanks for stopping by – I hope you’ll drop in again soon. Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment while you’re here – I’d love to get to know you too.
Press on, my friends. Press on.