Monday, 29 April 2013

Guest Post **EXCLUSIVE** By Author Coey Cain "How I Got Into Writing"

I am reviewing Ms Cains new book at the moment called "The Elite - Unveiled".  She kindly wrote a guest post just for Penny For Them... about how she got into writing......

How I got into writing… Blog post for Penny for Them
By Coey Cain

I came into the world as the baby of the family. I have two older sisters, much older than myself, and my parents were older than the typical child-bearing age. Until I went to kindergarten, I was rarely around anyone my own age. My teenage sisters were the ones I looked up to in my earliest years, and they were my only real friends before school started.

Needless to say, my older sisters didn’t think I was as cool as I thought they were. I got kicked out of their rooms a lot and I wasn’t allowed to hang out with them and their cool friends. 

They threw fits when my parents assigned them to babysit me and one of them in particular wasn’t very nice to me while my parents were gone. I had no idea what a brat was, but that’s what my sisters always called me.

When school started, I made friends right away. As a matter of fact, the only thing I cared about in school was socializing. I’d gone from practically being an only-child to having twenty other people to hang out with, and it was awesome.

One night, I had one of my best friends over for a sleepover and we were talking about what we wanted to be when we grew up. Yes, this really happened. All the usual suspects came to mind: Movie Star, singer, dancer… we were going through the list. Logic entered the picture and we were actually discussing things like, how hard it would be to actually succeed in these careers. I remember my friend saying, “I would rather be a singer than an actress because there’s always going to be a thousand other people trying to get the same part, but as a singer, there’s no one that can replace you.”

Pretty wise for a child in elementary school, wouldn’t you say?
My little friend decides she wants to be an author when she grows up, and something immediately clicked. That’s what I was going to do! I had already started writing stories before she came up with the idea, but the possibility of making it a career had never hit me. I felt like I stole her idea. Without much hesitation, we started on it right away. We each had a notebook and we got to writing. We gave each other input on the other’s creation and I remember making her a character in my book and asking her things like, “What would you say? What would you do here?”

I even remember the scene. The girls were getting off the elevator after a shopping trip and my friend said “I drop the shopping bag and begin kicking it down the hall.” So, that’s what I wrote. No, it wasn’t brilliant work back then.

I had a pile of thick, lined notebooks for each of the novels I wrote. I bought pens in bulk and I would run them dry. I had semi-permanent indent in my middle finger from my writing pen and I hid my current novel (notebook) between my mattress and box-spring. The filled and finished notebooks had a secret hiding place at the top of my closet.

The betrayal I felt was immeasurable the day my mother took those notebooks, while I was at school, in order to show them to a college professor. She approached me proudly and told me all the positive things he’d said about my writing, but I was furious.
My mother encouraged me by repeatedly telling me I should write children’s books. I felt insulted by her suggestion, I was going to be a real writer, not some children’s author! To this day she suggests it, but that’s not what I ever wanted to do. I wanted to be the next Danielle Steel, regardless that I’d never read any of her books. All I knew was that she was rich and famous for telling stories and that’s what I wanted to do.  

However, as you grow up, more and more logic begins to affect your childhood plans. By middle school, I had come to the decision that I was never going to be a rich and famous author and it was time to come up with a new plan. A realistic plan. I never stopped writing, it was my favorite hobby, but I did put becoming an author on the backburner.

So, there you pretty much have it. I stole the idea from my childhood friend. lol.

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