I started writing seriously about twenty-five years ago. Up until then I thought I had finally figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up: I went back to school and got a degree in Psychology. I was drawn to how our minds and emotions work. But while writing for my classes, I found myself drawn to how we relate to one another's minds and emotions.
Hey, guess what? That's what stories and novels are all about (good ones, anyway)!
I started writing short stories--pretty bad ones. And I started taking creative writing courses to round out my degree. So I was in classes full of people just like me--lousy writers. But we were learning!
Then the Lord led me to a local writers' group, Capital Christian Writers, and the contacts and friends I made through CCW enriched my personal life and my writing life more than I can measure. Through CCW and through reading just about every book and magazine ever published by Writer's Digest, I started catching on. Now I'm writing full time and man oh man do I love it.
Before the writing began, I worked for attorneys in Washington, D. C. I worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission. And I was a stockbroker. A horrible stockbroker. How do people do that? Take responsibility for other people's financial futures? Yikes. I'm perfectly happy to take responsibility for the amount of time any one person wants to spend reading my books. If you enjoy the experience, then know that we both enjoyed it together. I love that about books.
In the midst of all that fretting over other people's money and writing about other people's lives, I racked up a few personal experiences myself. Some good, some bad, but all part of God's plan. Now I'm a happy empty nester who lived in Northern Virginia until recently. My brilliantly funny son is in Hollywood. I have a savvy, gorgeous grown daughter, a charming son-in-law, an amazing grandson, and adorable little granddaughter. They moved to Los Angeles as well, in 2017. So in 2018, I followed them there! At some point, I'll set up my home base out here. I already have a couple of books set in California, and I will probably end up tapping into my new surroundings more in the future. Stay tuned!
the rest of the Board of Directors of Capital Christian Writers
and Editor, Melanie Rigney
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