Welcome to breaking my blogger cherry!
I never knew deciding what to blog about for the very first time would be so damn difficult. Hello I’m Mahalia or Hales to those who I’m blessed to know already. I’ve been on this journey to new beginnings, that at times has been great and also a pita. So what will we talk about today? Those who have had the pleasure of hearing my incessant chatter know I can talk forever without breathing… Hmm right now I’m stuck.
About Hales…. Well I am a mother blessed or cursed ( during the teen wars) with one teen and two pre-teens. Two girls and one boy. Wars are constantly waged in my house even though the boy has the run of the finished basement for his permanent home. I grew up in a non-conventional home so I’m liberal I think. Reading was always encouraged in my home growing up. My mother taught me when I was four years old and I’ve been reading ever since. As a punishment when I acted out I had to write pages out of the dictionary and since I stayed deviant I wrote a ton. We moved onto the thesaurus eventually and then raking to leaves in the yard. It seems I enjoyed to write words and sentences. Ask me why never a spelling bee and I’ll tell you I still can’t speak in front of large audiences. *G*
If I remember correctly. My second grade teacher told my mother I’d one day be a writer. I found some things hidden in the attic after my mother passed and in it were all kinds of school assignments from preschool to highschool. My eight page story titled. All the pretty horses rested in that box and the Pony King and Queen had ninety-nine baby horses. I must admit a majority of the pages were the names. It tickled me to no end. I remember having spiral bounds of poems some darker than happy..those were not in there.
Before I knew it I’d grown up had a family and then went to college. Something still was missing. It was writing and one day I found a forum of writers and I found my home. My niche so to speak and I grew confident in honing my imagination piece by piece letting her out again. And then a friend said “Why aren’t you aspiring to publish?” My response was “Who me?” I have been up for taking on new challenges and so here I am close to a year later.
Embrace the Moment will be out next May. It is my first contract and I am beyond excited. What inspired me to write it?
I chose to do a submission with Phaze based on their Phaze Rocks theme. I’ve read and loved many stories about performers and boy… did I love them. For mine I wanted to go another direction. Embrace the Moment stems around the Coast Guard, a rescue swim team to be precise. My inspiration came from my play-list and love for musical lyrics and the picture below.
Instead of designing my characters after a genre in music, I decided to design them around the meaning of a line or two in a song. Each person has their own inner demons or personal issue not allowing them to live a full life. Writing their journey to finding that special person and owning their destiny is what I aim to achieve. Acer and Lark are the first. The song I found for them that drew me into the Hero’s plight is from Avenged Sevenfold’s Seize the Day.
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