For as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing. Even at ten years old, I’d concoct stories with my father about ducks and frogs playing in the swamp and making life-long friends. Since then, writing has come a long way. I am almost always bogged down with “rules” and such relating to what can and can’t be done, what should be included in a book and what shouldn’t.
But there’s only one piece of advice that I’ve taken with me through everything I’ve done—you must write what you know.
As writers, we’re expected to be experts on the subjects we write. Therefore, writing what you know is an amazing piece of advice and the only rule to which I submit myself.
My debut novel, A Cure for the Condition, released on June 1, 2012. It is available on Kindle, in print, and coming soon to Nook. I began writing the book in December of 2010, and was finished with it mere months later. It made me proud. It was my baby. But beta readers ripped it apart, and naturally, because I knew nothing about history.
|A Cure For the Condition|
When seventeen-year-old Catherine assumes the throne as Queen of Cannary following her mother’s murder, she is forced to punish the man she loves, but when she develops a serious heart disease, the only cure for her condition may be the truth.
This being said, writing what you know is important—it’s necessary. If I were a historian, this book would have been flawless the first time around. But because I’m not my father, I had to do a year’s worth of research to get it there. I can happily say that it is, now, sparkling. And all thanks to the people who mean the most in my life. Thank you, all!
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