Some only know me as the author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series.
Some only know me as the editor of FundsforWriters.com.
Some only know me as a freelance writer.
I’m happy with each, because I know if someone loves me for one, he’ll eventually find out about the others. What I want them to recognize is the fact I am a serious writer. If I’ve accomplished that, I’m proud as can be.
What many do not realize is that I started with fiction, couldn’t sell it, and moved into nonfiction because it naturally flows from my fingers . . . and it pays more quickly. I was hell bent on being a writer, one way or another. Admittedly, though, nonfiction is easier for me. That career grew faster. Nonfiction built my platform. So when I decided to return to fiction, a very tentative, self-doubting choice, I wondered what people would think. More so, I wondered if I could write it nearly as well.
Most of all, I wondered if people would take my fiction seriously. Mystery fiction, you see, is my first love.
So when I received this email from Patricia Fry, I just smiled. I wasn’t the only one. See . . . I’ve known Patricia Fry for years . . . online. We’ve never met, but we’ve followed each others reputations and advances. We’re very close to being like souls. She’s made her career with her consulting, ebooks, teachings and speaking about freelancing. She’s Executive Director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network). Yep, we’ve walked a very parallel path. And she had a burning desire to write fiction, too.
“You were my inspiration, you know. I was on the verge of writing a novel when I heard that you had been writing one. I have 3 written and ready to go now. Yesterday, the first one went live at Amazon as a Kindle book. Catnapped (A Klepto Cat Mystery) . I read your first book–have your second one on my Kindle as my next reading project. And I want to thank you for the inspiration. I mean, I was a bit timid about trying to write a story after so many, many years writing nothing but nonfiction. Sure have enjoyed the process, though. Thanks again for leading the way. I hope you are still enjoying the process. ~Patricia”
It took me years to realize that every word I wrote made me a better writer. We don’t have to just write fiction or just write nonfiction. The simple act of using the best words in the best order for the most graphic communication, is applicable to all types of writing. I put my fiction aside for four years before picking it back up. Amazingly, I wrote fiction must better, when I hadn’t written a word of it over that long four years. Instead, I’d written magazine features, essays, editorials,blog posts, and opinionated pieces. Still . . . when I picked up my pen and attempted make-believe, it worked. Unbeknownst to me, I’d evolved anyway, and so had my fiction.
Something tells me that Patricia’s did, too.