Welcome today to Jodi McIsaac, today’s guest author! She has graciously offered to stop by and tell us about her experience of becoming a writer!
Hi, Jodi! Could you tell us: When did you start writing? Have you always wanted to be an author? What was Plan B?
I started writing when I was a very small child, pretty much around the same time I started reading! I wrote poems and short stories and a 13-page “novel” about a foster child named Ethel. Being a writer is pretty much the only thing I have ever consistently wanted to do, though I wanted to be a humanitarian aid worker for a few years. (I eventually compromised by getting a job in which I wrote fundraising and marketing materials for a humanitarian aid organization.)
Sadly, I neglected my dream of becoming an author for far too many years. I got two university degrees, started a great career, got married, and had two children, all the while thinking, “When things get less busy, then I’ll write that book.” I read books about writing, I dreamed about writing, I attended conferences about writing … but I never actually found the time—or the nerve—to write. Not only was I busy, I was paralyzed by the fear of failure, and overwhelmed by the seeming impossibility of it all. I was always in awe of people who could write books—and was quite sure I would never be one of them.
It was only four years ago when it hit me—I’d always wanted to be a writer; I still wanted to be a writer, and yet I hadn’t written anything since high school—over a decade ago. And if I didn’t do something about it, I would be on my deathbed, still wishing I had been a writer. And so—finally—I grit my teeth, faced my fears and insecurities, put away all excuses, and sat down to write. The result was Through the Door, which became an Amazon bestseller and led to a three-book publishing contract (the second of which is Into the Fire).
What was Plan B? Well, when I started Through the Door I was also working as a freelance copywriter, which I’ve now expanded into a boutique agency. It’s still my day job, and I love it because most of my clients are non-profit organizations—so I get to do what I love and help amazing organizations at the same time. A pretty good Plan B, if you ask me. But my first love is fiction, and I’m so, so glad I finally conquered my fears and took the plunge.
Jodi McIsaac is the author of the Thin Veil contemporary fantasy series, where Celtic mythology and the modern world collide. INTO THE FIRE, the second book in the series, is being released on November 12. You can pre-order it here.
THROUGH THE DOOR (book 1): http://www.amazon.com/Through-Door-The-Thin-Veil-ebook/dp/B00AJXXA4G/
INTO THE FIRE (book 2): http://www.amazon.com/Into-Fire-The-Thin-Veil-ebook/dp/B00C1IPQTY/