Who do you look up too? Who do you want to emulate? If you stood up in a conference and had to give a short summary of what you have done and who you are, what would you say? Are you comfortable with that?
What would I say? Well, I'm a wife, I'm a mother of two great daughters, I've had a crazy career path (another posting on that at another time), and now I'm working as a writer. I can remember working at McDonald's before college. Selling my mother's beautiful jewelry at craft fairs when I was in my teens. Starting an elder-care business more than 20 years ago- before people thought that the elderly should be able to stay in their own homes. Trying to put together work at Yale and kids' care all at once. The list goes on. Then the graduate degrees that sound like a salad- all mixed up.
My point is, not about me. We come to writing from a variety of view points. From many backgrounds and experiences. Why are we here? Tell me about your travel. What brought you to writing? What brought you to your genre? Why do we give up our pumps and pearls (sorry Lindsay) for sweatpants and slippers to live with our computers as now our best friends?
Well, I have my answer to this, but I'd love to hear yours. My answer-- it's all about my ability to create something. I make this happen. My characters talk to me in my sleep. They are living with me. As my children left for college and life beyond, I thought my house would be empty. Hardly the case. Now I have all these people who live in Italy move in. They tell me stories, they have espresso in wonderful cafes and they get into lots of trouble. You realize these are people who are of my creation--but they won't go away.
We live in a great world of make-believe. Tell me about yours.