What I Write and Why:
Some childhood dreams are easy to forget (like, say, that one year I wanted to be a professional ice skater). Others, not so much. As a kid I turned to books to escape less-than-ideal times, and that naturally led me to writing. But writing wasn’t practical, of course, so I let people talk me out of following my dream (Jeez, grow a backbone, Sara!). After all, I didn’t want to be a financial burden on said people.
So, I got my nice normal undergrad degree, headed off to nice normal grad school, and got a nice normal job.
But just when everything was settling into nice normalcy-hood, I got antsy. It wasn’t like life was bad—things were looking up, actually—but in that moment of calm I was able to see that I really hadn’t wanted to let go of this particular goal.
One day I sat down and typed a few lines, and suddenly I was launching headfirst into what turned out to be an m/m romance novel. Thanks to amazingly encouraging people I found in various writing communities, including GayAuthors.org, I was able to jump back into the writing saddle…maybe not at a gallop, but at least at a steady trot.
The readers of my first stories inspired me to continue writing in the genre. I write m/m romance and strive for realism in my work. While my characters do get the chance for lovey-doveyness (and yeah, some sex, too), I also write about their journeys of self-discovery. Since I am just now discovering a part of myself through writing, it seems fitting.
I still have that normal job…but it’s safe to say that this is where my heart lies.