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How I Became a Writer by Amelia Ford

I've always loved reading but writing is something I have come to relatively recently.  A few years ago, I had just read Twilight and whilst I wasn't big into vampires, I loved the sense of all-consuming, yet forbidden love between the two main characters and was totally hooked.  After trawling Amazon trying to find my next read and not having much luck, I decided I would have a go at writing the kind of book I was looking for.  When I started, I found I couldn't stop and Tagan's Child was born. I loved everything about writing; the story-making, how the characters come to life, and the totally absorbing nature of the whole process.  It was a real turning point in my life and now I can't imagine doing anything else. 

I grew up reading Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, C.S Lewis, Hans Christian Anderson and read all the time.  These authors were masters of storytelling and wrote stories that draw you in, the characters are flawed and real and they have the ability to transport you to another time and place and influenced me hugely.

When I started writing, the biggest challenge for me was self-doubt.  Would anyone find my stories interesting?  But in spite of this I carried on writing.  I decided that if no-one ever read my books it wouldn't matter, what mattered was that I had something that I was completely passionate about.  My writing journey has been an almost vertical learning curve but I have loved every second of it.  I read this quote the other day, "To get closer to perfection you have to practice imperfection."  I love this, not only could it apply to anything in life, but it completely sums up the writing process for me.  I write every day and I learn every day.

About Amelia Ford

Amelia Ford lives in Kent, UK with her husband, three children and a variety of four legged and feathered friends.  Tagan's Child is her debut novel.  She is working on her second novel due to be released later this year.

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