The Beginning of a New Endeavor

December 2019

If you’ve read my first book, thank you. If you enjoyed it, please leave a review. The more reviews, the more likely other people will find this book as well. Thank you also for reading these notes. Hopefully, I can encourage someone else who is thinking of writing a book. This book has taken me about thirty years to write. I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. According to my parents, I also loved to make up stories when I was a child. When I was in seventh grade, I would sit in front of a typewriter and make up stories for my family. They may have been polite, but they always told me they enjoyed them.

I was excited to take a creative writing course during my senior year in college, but my excitement quickly turned to disappointment. Instead of constructive critique and encouragement, the professor seemed to take delight in crushing the students in the class. I decided I could never write a book and gave up. Don’t get me wrong; the urge to create still came out in different ways in my life. I got involved in writing comedy sketches, joined the theater department, performed in improv shows and wrote plays.

Fortunately, I also used my creativity in the classroom as well as opportunities I had to teach children and adults in various countries around the world. Any time I would read a book to my children or kids in my classroom, I would read using voices to make the book come alive. For some reason, I never thought these creative outlets could be useful in writing a book of my own, until this year.

I started reading books by some prolific authors and realized they were writing books they enjoyed and had also found an audience that enjoyed them as well. Then, I was fortunate enough to get some time to explore things that I wanted to do, and I again felt the pull to write a book. I realized the only thing stopping me from writing was my reluctance to take a chance. It didn’t matter what someone else said to me thirty years ago, I had given their opinion far too much weight for decades, and they probably hadn’t thought about it once in that same timeframe. The only one stopping me was me. I decided I would write a story but wasn’t sure what to write.

One day, I was sitting with my friend Robert and shared with him my dilemma. He suggested I write a fictional book for kids. That one conversation lit the fuse, and I started the journey to write Awakening. The actual process of writing the book took about four months once I got going.

Here is my encouragement to you. If you want to write a book, go ahead and write it. Write a story you would like and then share it with others. You want to find a good editor; I highly recommend Joe Scholes at JDS Literary Services (https://jdsliteraryservices.com). Not only will Joe edit your book, but he will also help you become a better writer in the process and navigate the publishing world as an independent author.

I hope you enjoyed reading my first book (I have almost finished book two). I would love to hear about parents reading these books to their kids and laughing at the parts that made me laugh as well. It would be great if Alister and his friends inspire you to make a positive impact in the life of someone you connect with each day.

Brett

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