Friday, August 10, 2018

Have you always wanted to write books? (With Adrienne Young!)


Alas! We've reached Friday and our final panel question with the lovely and talented Adrienne Young. If you're on social media, be sure to give her a follow and a THANK YOU for sharing her wisdom and book love with us all. Here's where you can find her:




And here's the beautiful book trailer for Adrienne's debut novel, Sky in the Deep.


And now! Before you're run away with all the Viking drama, let's finish this week off right with one last question for Adrienne and crew:



Adrienne: I realized I loved to write in elementary school after a teacher told me repeatedly that I was good at it. The first time I ever dreamed of writing a book was in fourth grade. I was looking at a book in the library and imagined my name on the front. But I don't think I ever truly believed it would happen and I never really told anyone about that dream. It wasn't until I was around 25 years old that I decided to try to actually write a full-length novel and once I did, I was completely hooked. I knew I wanted to make a career out of it but I had a lot to learn. It took about seven years, four books, and many many rejections before I got published.

Steph: Ever since first grade when we had free writing time in class. I loved everything about it and started saying then that I wanted to write stories when I grew up. And it was always novels that I wanted to write, even though I wasn’t reading them yet. Even though I sometimes went through phases where I wanted to be a writer and a teacher or a writer and a lawyer, writing always stuck.
Jill: When I was in high school, I wanted to be a fashion designer. That’s what I went to college for, and I got jobs in the fashion industry right out of college. I ended up not liking it at all. It was far too competitive and cutthroat for me, so when I was home with my first child (around age 26), I started writing books. It was so fun for me, I never looked back. 

Shan: I’ve ALWAYS loved storytelling but it wasn’t always my career of choice. When I was younger I had flashier aspirations. Astronaut or actor. And then in college, I assumed I’d go into missionary work. After my daughter was born, I found myself missing theater and the stage so badly it made me sick. When I realized I could tell stories from home, it transformed the way I viewed the role of author and I started brainstorming my first novel that night. My daughter will turn ten this summer, so I’ve been at this thing for almost a decade. 


Now you guys tell us. Have YOU always wanted to write books? Do you plan to make it your career?


24 comments:

  1. Yes I always wanted to but really not getting into it yet. Anyways your blog and even the book trailer is amazing.

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  2. I wanted to write at a young age, but I didn't seriously want to be an author until I was 14. It's a long story, so I'll just link to the post I wroteon this topic ;)
    https://www.lifeofheritage.com/blog/my-writing-journey

    Like Shannon, I've been writing for nearly a decade, but I've only been seriously writing for 7 years. Now, I can't imagine not writing! I've got four books under my belt and have three more in the works. God is so good!

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  3. Well done book trailer!

    I found my love for writing probably before high school when my creative writing assignments starting getting way too long and involved. Somewhere along the way (perhaps several times), I temporarily gave it up, thinking it was just a silly thing or that it wouldn't be possible to actually become a writer. But it was awful NOT writing. My imagination wouldn't stop creating stories. Like so many have said, I couldn't NOT write.

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    1. Yup! That's it. That's the litmus test. If you can NOT write, go for it. But many of us find that impossible.

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  4. Great post!

    I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer. The two earliest careers I remember considering were astronaut and writer. Then I realized that I was afraid of flying and of heights, so astronaut was out.

    For some reason, lately I’ve been doubting if I should be a writer or not. I don’t know why . . . .

    Anyways, great post, again!

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    1. Doubts are part of the process. And I think, if you're able to walk away and focus on other things, that's okay. Maybe you make your way back to writer and maybe you find another passion. But if a writer is what you're meant to be, you'll realize that you couldn't give up writing altogether if you tried.

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  5. I really enjoyed this post! :) Like Stephanie, I’ve wanted to be an author since 1st or 2nd grade. My aunt is the one who initially inspired me to take up writing when she gave me a notebook and a set of pencils for Christmas and said I should write stories. This was back in 2001 I believe, so I’ve been at this writing thing for almost 17 years now! :) I self-published my first novel last year, and will hopefully be releasing a second in November. Right now I have a full-time job outside of writing, but I hope to be able to write full-time someday! :)

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    1. Most of us had full time jobs when we started writing so I know you can do it! Keep it up, friend.

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  6. That's an amazing book trailer!

    I've been an avid reader since I was really little, and when I hit my mystery-book phase at about age seven I decided I wanted to write my own books. (I wrote one mystery and never tried the genre again. XD) Up until age ten or so, though, I wanted to be a private detective, not a writer. Then I realized I was really bad at mystery-solving and I was writing all the time, so it was easy to decide I wanted to be a writer. I still consider myself to have been a writer for nine years, rather than six, since I was really focused on writing from the beginning. :)

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    1. A private detective! Yesssss. I wonder if you'll write detective stories????

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  7. That is such a cool book trailer! I want to read it so bad!!

    I have always wanted to write. My mom has little cardboard and paper “books” that I colored as like a kindergartener who didn’t even know how to write words yet.
    And I definitely want to make a career of it. I’m slowly trying to learn the ropes. I actually got my first rejection letter last week. It was kind of exciting, in a weird sort of way.

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    1. YAY! Your first rejection! You've arrived, friend. GOOD JOB!

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  8. Love your stories!

    I've wanted to write and have done so since before I can remember, but once I was 12 I tried to be a bit more practical for a bit. "I'll illustrate books (sad thing is I'm a better writer than artist . . . )" and "I'm going to college to be a history teacher". When I was 16 I discovered this blog and realized maybe I could just write as I loved it most.

    keturahskorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah! We love you too, Keturah! Practical matters, for sure. But the best thing about writing is that you can do it at almost anytime. It can be THE DREAM or it can be A DREAM. Either way, if you're a writer, you will find a way to get those stories on paper.

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  9. I think ever since I was obsessed with books and I started imagining my own stories in my head with those characters (I didn't know there was such a thing as fanfiction at that point) I've wanted to become a writer, but I didn't know how until 5th grade when I created my own plot and characters. I'm now going into my freshman year of high school and am editing a novel, and hoping to write a few more before I try to get published with one I really believe in. I know this is what I would like to do, even if it doesn't work out, and it will be my dream.

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    1. Keep going, friend! We're here cheering you on.

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  10. I decided that I wanted to write a novel in highschool. It's a lifelong dream of mine to become a published author.

    I'm actually using my blog as a way to help pave the way to make it a reality. ��

    I hope my dream comes true! *fingers crossed*

    Amber A.

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  11. I started liking to poetry when I was about 6 after hearing Fanny Crosby’s story. I wrote short stories and poems until fifth grade when I started the planning stage for my first book. I finished the first draft of it this summer and I’m now doing a little revising before I let my parents and a couple friends read it for there options on it.
    I would like to publish at least a few books. But I definitively think I will continue to write. I don’t think I could leave it!
    - Sophia E

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    1. That's how you know! If you could leave it, it would be way too easy to do other things.

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  12. Great book trailer. Excited for this book.

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