I’ve been tagged in a ‘Blog Hop’.
Title: Why I Write
Matt Cairns, a fellow author on Twitter, @mattcairns73, kindly invited me to participate in this blog hop. Matt Cairns published a novel, Cold Blooded, in 2013. Cold Blooded is an action thriller/horror novel with elements of the supernatural. Check out Matt Cairns’ novel “Cold Blooded: A Thriller” here.
Okay, so how does a Blog Hop work?
* Well, it’s like a game of tag, but on Twitter.
* Once you’re tagged, you need to write a post on your blog about why you write. (Feel free to use the same kind of format as I have in this post.)
* Make sure you link back to the person who tagged you.
* Nominate and tag three (or more) people via Twitter to be next in the ‘hop’. (Make sure you contact them so they know.)
So, on with the blog…
Why I Write
Why do I write? The answer is quite simple: to escape.
I developed a love for books at a very young age. I found myself reading whatever I could get my hands on. Growing up poor and introverted, books were always my friends when I didn’t feel like I had any.
Along with a love for reading came an affinity for writing. I can remember writing poems and song lyrics when I was a child. Shortly thereafter, the poetry transitioned into short stories and eventually novels when I was a teen. The first novel I ever wrote was, of course, about vampires. Back in the ’90s, vampires were quite prevalent, and I devoured anything vampire related. So it was only natural that my first novel that I published, Vampire Next Door, would be, in fact, about vampires.
I have always loved the idea that books can transport us to places we’ve never been. We meet people we could never meet in real life. We are able to experience a myriad of emotions and relish in triumphs and defeats by just simple words strung together into sentences. And we can live vicariously through a number of different characters and, in a sense, become them for the length of the book. I always wanted to create that kind of magic with words, and I am finally living my ultimate dream — being a published author. With a deep-rooted need to escape of my own, I love creating worlds for other people to escape to as well.
Why do I write? Because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have a purpose. I live to write. It has always been like that for me and always will be. Even if I never publish another book again, I would still write for myself, as I had been doing for years before publishing my first novel. I have so many more books, characters and universes that I can’t wait to share with everyone. And as all writers are very aware of, the voices never stop — the characters are always there, waiting for you to tell their story.
“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.” – Isaac Asimov
TAG! You’re it…
So here’s the point where I nominate other writers for the ‘hop’, so they too can answer the question: Why do I write? I nominate as follows:
Setta Jay, @SETTAJAY_, author of The Guardians of The Realms Series
Lane Hart, @WritingfromHart, author of Blood Drive
C.E. Black, @CEBlackBooks, author of Shifted Perceptions
Garrard Hayes, @garradhayes, author of Bourbon and Blood
Daniel Kaye, @DanielKaye_, author of dark fiction vampire novel I, Vladimir
Eddie Jose Morales, @morales_ej, short story horror fiction writer
T.W. Barton, @TyWadeBooks, author of the upcoming iVigilante series and book reviewer. (He supports a LOT of indie authors!)