My name is Amanda Davis (aka Luvinia), and I’m…*takes a deep breath*…I’m a writer. There I said it. You know, it can be really hard to call yourself a writer when you don’t have anything published, but the great thing about the writing world (and the community) is that if you write – guess what? You’re a WRITER! Can you believe it? Yeah, took me a while to get used to that too.
I may not write every day, but I write. I have stories floating around in my head that I want to put down on paper. I’ve always loved reading and writing, even as a child. My earliest memory of writing was when I was 9 years old. I traveled to Hawaii with my father on a business trip and I carried around a pocket notpad. On it, were my scribbles of the first ‘book’ I wrote called Kidnapped. I have no idea whatever became of that notebook, but from that moment on, I wanted to write.
When I returned, I wrote my first short story called “Once in a Blue Moon” detailing my adventures in Hawaii (did you know there are penguins in Hawaii? And the state fish is called the Humahumanukanukaapuaaa? Or at least it was when I was there.) My mother may still have that gem of a story, but I haven’t seen it in years.
After that I was hooked. I wrote short stories. Poems. Letters. You name it. I loved English when I was in school because it gave me the opportunity to write. And read – did I mention that’s one of my favorite things? My mother was notified by the school a few times because I would be reading books in class instead of paying attention. She nearly had to ban me from bringing any non-educational books to school with me! Gary Paulsen was the first author I fell in love with. After that it was Stephen King, Clive Barker, and hundreds of others.
I attempted my second ‘book’ in high school. I’ve still got that one. Reading through it makes me cringe of course, but writing always seemed to be in my blood, you know? After school I stopped writing for a couple years until I met a fellow writing friend who inspired me to pick it back up. Short stories were flying out of my fingertips every day for a good six months, until life hit again and my writing halted once more. I still read religiously though. Terry Goodkind, J.K. Rowling, and more.
Since 2005 I can count on one hand how many stories I’ve written, but in 2014 I started taking it seriously again. When I discovered Camp NaNoWriMo I used it as the perfect ‘excuse’ to write my first tried and true novel. An endeavor that I am still working on. While I succeeded at the 50,000 word goal for Camp WriMo, I still have a long way to go.
Fantasy has always been a favorite of mine (I blame Terry Goodkind for that) so that genre is what Soul Weaver will be. I haven’t decided if I want to dabble in romance yet, but it is tempting. As is historical fiction. Like I said, I’ve got stories floating in my head…..
Soul Weaver will have a sequel and possibly a third (they always become trilogies don’t they?) After that I’m not sure where I’ll go, but as long as I keep writing, I’ll be happy.
Being a first time novelist, I’m learning as I go. As we all do I suppose. This blog is mainly a journal of my journey to authorship (I think I just made up that word, but I can do that because I’m a writer!) So forgive my ramblings. Maybe I’ll be able to write a helpful post or two, but for the most part, it’s just my journey. Usually it includes my thoughts or experiences. Not to mention tea. I love a large glass of hot sweet tea. Speaking of which, I think I’ll go get myself a cup…..