When I wrote my debut novel, Wildflowers, one of my most frequently tasked questions was rather there was some personal experience behind my writing.
I have been rather open about it- many of the dark scenes were inspired by a rather tough childhood. Ultimately, my life has led me where I am as a writer today, and it all began when I was just a young girl.
Like plenty of folks, I read A LOT as a child to escape the reality of my life. I especially loved horror because I found comfort in knowing that things could indeed be worst.
By the time I was a teen, I found love in writing, not just reading. Practically, I wrote notes to my parents when I couldn't find the spoken words to say. Creatively, I dove headfirst into poetry. I wrote poetry about myfeelings sometimes and calming or fantastical places other times.
My sophomore high school English teacher, Mrs. Crone of Jeffersonville High School, was a light in the dark. She praised my work and I hung on to every word of her criticism. I wrote for a while- until I grew up and just didn't anymore.
At that point in my life (my 20s), I thought writing was a pipe dream. But I knew all along that I had a story brewing inside me.
So, a couple of years ago (2020) I decided to pour the pain that I've been carrying over the years into writing a book. Initially, I thought I might write a memoir. However, that idea was far too intimate. So, I chose the route of a fictional horror story instead. While most don't know which scenes were a script from my childhood and which are from my imagination, it was damn liberating!
Now, I write because written word is what brings me absolute joy. I like the excitement I feel when I get new ideas. I like the exhilaration of putting thoughts on paper. And I simply love the peace I feel once a project, whether poem or short story or book, is complete.
If you're here because you are a fellow writer, maybe you can relate. If you're reading this as someone who dreams of writing- just do it. Honestly, the the only reason you NEED to have to write it because you feel it in your bones.
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Vanessa Perry is a horror and dark fantasy author and poet.