Friday, August 20, 2010

Am I really an author now...

I grew up hating english in school. I was the math/science girl - yes a little bit of a nerd too which I whole heartedly embraced. The writing thing was never my forte. I struggled with essays and could never express myself, not to mention my sister was the gifted writer in the family. An incredible poet, speaker, actress, singer...she is the creative one and I happily assumed the role as the athlete. No complaints there.

So it's kind of ironic now that I started to write a few years ago and then dabbled in some blogs for CBC, the Toronto Star, Lenovo, Commonwealth Games Canada, the Strength Within Group...

I honestly began to love it. Working with an editor at CBC was one of the greatest experiences in my professional career. Not only did he help me hone my writing skills, but got me to open up and write in a way that could affect people.

Raw emotion.

So two years ago when my life changed...

when I lost the thing I loved to do the most, reached a goal I had had my entire life, walked away from someone that I will always hold in my heart, went back to University and had to deal with ten years of putting my body on a wild rollercoaster ride

....The feelings and emotions were too much to even understand or talk about so I started to write. I bought one of those big leather bound sketch books and began to fill it up. From lyrics to journal entries to collages and advertisements that meant something to me - my heart and soul went into it. From this book I found my love of writing and I guess the rest is history.

A few weeks ago I pitched an idea to the President of a Publishing company, Burman Books Inc, that I met out of luck at an event earlier this year. He loved it. I loved it. Long story short, I JUST SIGNED A PUBLISHING CONTRACT TO PUBLISH MY FIRST BOOK NEXT FALL!!!

Does this make me a real author now?! :)

4 comments:

張佳穎 said...

所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債............................. ....................................

Barb Bishop Fetherstonhaugh said...

How very amazing, your thoughts and notes, ups and downs will help others cope with the same feelings, both in gym and in life... a book like this is long overdue...I want once, asap, as well I have procrastinated in not buying the book already done about you, is it available online anymore.
Let me know.

Barb Bishop Fetherstonhaugh, previous athlete, coach, parent of athletes Victoria, B.C.

Lyla Dee said...
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Lyla Dee said...

Alexandra.... Goodluck! I am your avid blog follower and I enjoy it a lot. Promise....