Becoming a Writer
by Melissa MacVicar
I quit writing for eighteen years. Even though becoming a writer was always my dream, I just stopped doing it when I graduated from college in 1992. Some of my reasons were:
- Not enough time to write
- Writing was not serious enough
- Writing was not a money making activity
Unfortunately, as a young person, my idea of being a writer meant that I needed to be a literary genius right off the bat. I thought I needed to write something mind blowing and amazing that would make everyone sit up and take notice of me. This was more about me than any professors or other person in my life, but with that as my ideal, of course I quit. My standard was way too high and I had more pressing issues to deal with at the time, like making money, getting an apartment, partying, and figuring out a real career.
So that is my quitting story in a nutshell. Instead of a becoming writer, I decided to become a social worker and then a teacher. I also became a wife and a mother so my life was very busy.
It wasn’t until in 2010 that three events came together that got me writing again.
- Self-publishing success stories started hitting the news.
- My kids were grown up enough that I had some time.
- I read the Twilight novels (yeah go ahead, make fun of me) and I heard about the wild surge in the Young Adult market as a result of these books.
I got a novel completed by the summer of 2011 and began sending it to agents. It was not EVER NEAR but a contemporary young adult novel. I had about 10 agents request to read it. However, some of the feedback on it made me realize what it was lacking so in October 2011, I put that novel aside and instead started focusing on EVER NEAR.
The rest of the timeline goes something like this:
- Sent EVER NEAR to about 40 agents in the spring 2012 with no success.
- Rewriting of EVER NEAR began in July 2012.
- Resumed sending EVER NEAR to agents and publishers in January 2013.
- Offer to publish EVER NEAR from Red Adept February 2013.
About Ever Near
Love is ever near. But trouble is never far.
Nantucket Island is haunted, but only sixteen-year-old Jade Irving knows it. Ignoring the disturbing spirits isn’t an option, because one dwells in the enormous historic home she shares with her newly blended family. Jade is finding it more and more difficult to explain away Lacey’s ghostly, anguished tantrums, especially with Charlie, her gorgeous, almost step-brother, living right across the hall.
When a power-hungry ghost hunter tracks down Jade and blackmails her, Jade’s secret teeters on the edge of exposure, and her entire future hangs in the balance. If anyone finds out Jade can talk to ghosts, her life will be forever changed.
Can she save herself, free Lacey, and hang on to her tenuous connection with Charlie? Or will everything she ever wanted slip through her fingers?
About the Author
Melissa MacVicar lives with her husband and two children on Nantucket Island. She loves classic rock, watching football, and reading anything romantic and suspenseful. She survived prep school, and was brave enough to attend her college reunion.
When she turned forty, Melissa decided to renew her adolescent passion for fiction writing. Having once thought publishing a novel to be an impossible dream, she’s proud to be achieving her lifelong goal. In addition to writing, she’s a full-time teacher, an avid runner, and a somewhat reluctant tri-athlete.
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Don't forget to pick up EVER NEAR by Melissa MacVicar as it hits retailers this month from Red Adept Publishing.