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Friday, 04 September 2015 10:46

Different Ways Writers Are Born

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Most authors I talk to say they were avid readers as children and that’s where their desire to write came from. Many had written their first 'books' while still in grade school. 

Sadly, ADHD made reading difficult for me so I didn’t do it much as a child. I didn’t discover the joy of reading until well into high school and the thought of writing a book never entered my head until decades later. 

My earliest taste of story-telling came through a completely different medium. 

As an only child I had to entertain myself a fair bit. My parents, both classical musicians, had given me my own record player with a collection of records. 

These were all big ‘cinematic’ pieces – Nutcracker Suite, Rite Of Spring, Night On Bald Mountain, Fire Bird, Pictures At An Exhibition, etc. 

As I listened to these works alone in my room, I used my stuffed animals to act out stories that the music inspired. 

These pieces have such wonderfully ‘visual’ elements, such heroic highs and desperate lows, such dramatic escalations and release of tension and I learned to shape my stories accordingly.

I created these plays for my own amusement. But I remember one day some friends came around and, with nothing else to do, I put on a record and performed one of my stories for them. 

Perched on my bed with my audience seated on the floor before me, I acted out the story I’d invented to go with The Fire Bird Suite. 

I vividly remember the looks on their faces, their changing expressions as my story unfolded. And what a thrill I felt knowing my efforts had been responsible. 

Though it took some time to emerge, I believe it was this early experience that years later grew into a joy of writing novels.

With a beginning like that it’s not surprising many readers have commented that Run To Me, my debut thriller, was very cinematic in its treatment. 

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