Ever since I can remember, I have been enamored with YouTube. I remember spending every waking moment on the platform, in the chatrooms, back when they had them on the site, dreaming about posting my own YouTube videos someday. That dream, of course, fell to the wayside in favor of my other dreams, like writing, and I never really looked back.
I remember back in the early 2000s when I found my first manga (Japanese comics) at a thrift store. I think it might have been a random volume of Black Cat. I hadn’t seen anything like it, and from there, I was hooked. Unfortunately, there weren’t as many avenues to getting manga back then, especially not in the middle of nowhere Alabama. So, I usually got my manga fix from whatever manga scan sites and fan translation sites were available at the time. That, thankfully, is no longer the case, and finding good, new manga is just as easy as popping into my local Barnes & Noble or hitting up Goodreads for some recommendations.
Music is integral to my writing process, especially when writing romance scenes or anything emotional. Since I am predominately a romance writer, one would assume my playlist is probably mostly sweet love songs, but love isn’t always happy. In order to write a piece with tension and grounded in reality, I need to explore all aspects of love.
What better love story to talk about than my own? I have been with my partner, Caleb, for eleven years as of writing this. We’ve been together since we were in high school; he was a sophomore (10th grade), and I was a junior (11th grade). We had known each other for much longer than that, though, having grown up in rural Alabama and going through the same elementary, middle, and high school system.
I really want to make more of an effort for myself this year to go into things much more purposefully than I have been. I typically do things on a whim, especially with my writing. I’ve had pieces that I’ve worked on on and off for years with the intention of one day finishing them, but this past year has put everything into perspective.