I’ve been telling stories for a long time. Since I was a kid, playing with my friends in galaxies far, far away or in enchanted forests filled with monsters, maidens, and treasure.
At some point, I began jotting some of my stories down. Not entirely sure when it was sufficiently structured to be called “writing” with the aim of producing something coherent I could share with an audience. Around the year 2000 is my best guess. Said audience was strictly limited to friends and confidantes.
That began to change in 2014. That’s the year I stumbled upon watpad.com and began interacting with other amateur writers and sharing my work. It was learning by doing, so I wrote a lot, and my understanding of the author’s craft improved dramatically.
Last year wasn’t all bad for me. 2020 was the year I self-published my first novel, Cabin Fever. It’s an erotic romance sprinkled with a paranormal mystery. I think it’s well-written, witty, and sexy as can be. Which is what I was aiming for. Mission accomplished. Well done, Felix. Now get on with the rest of your writing career – this was just the beginning!
I write for two reasons:
One: I love telling stories. Always have. To me, there is something intensely rewarding about the process of bringing together a great setting, compelling characters, and an exciting plot and transforming it into a whole that transcends the sum of its parts.
Two: I love sharing my stories with others. Much as I enjoy the process of writing, I love sharing my stories even more. There is nothing as elating as getting a vote of confidence from a reader or having someone leave an insightful review of my story.
Can I make it as a real, published author?
Self-pub is great. To me, that was an important milestone. Like most budding authors, I yearn for the chance to be published for real by a real publishing company. That is my new goal, the dream that gives me something to work towards. And the incentive to keep writing, keep improving.
I think I have unique and compelling stories. I think my writing skills are sufficiently advanced. If I keep writing good stories and make an effort to reach out to various publishers, it is my hope that someday someone will realize what an amazing author I am and publish my novels.
Gotta aim high, right?