My Writing Journey
I remember the pride I felt when I could read “chapter books”, and the yearning to move from reading them to writing them. In my first-grade class we were able to “publish” books, and I pushed the limit to see how many of these wallpaper-covered cardboard and paper treasures my teacher would let me make. I still have them, although the stories are pretty nonsensical.
Another early writing “achievement” was a story about the Loch Ness monster I wrote and sent off to a Disney writing contest. I didn’t win, but it made an impact on me. Following this, my next greatest writing achievement came when I was in 7th grade and wrote a 101 (wide-ruled, lined notepaper) page book about students who got trapped in an underground cavern and turned to cannibalism. The sequel starring their ghosts remains unwritten.
So, my junior writing isn’t the thing of fairy tales, but it was something steady that moved with me all my life, and something I love to do to this day. Now I work on my own stories for self-publishing and traditional submission while I regularly produce 50,000+ ghostwritten romance and cozy mystery stories for my clients.
Eighth Ripple Press
In 2015 I started working with a local editor to help authors self-publish their novels. This evolved into the idea of us publishing the books under our small publisher, and eventually Eighth Ripple Press was born. We published three short story collections, and now work with our authors to publish their own novels.