As you adventure into the Eternal Feud Series with Reunion at Walnut Cherryville, take a behind the scenes look at past stories, my inspiration and influences that helped create Eternal Feud.
An Elementary Tyke
A fourth grade writing assignment to illustrate and read aloud an original short story, “How the Pencil Came To Be”, was the gateway into my future writing career.
While doing her homework, Victoria became frustrated with pens. They were messy, especially for lefties, because the ink smeared and stained her hand. (I know from personal experience). Everything she wrote was permanent and couldn't be changed. She wished she had something better to write with, so she complained to her father. He gathered some tools, fashioned a device out of wood, lead, metal and rubber and called it a “pencil.”
This assignment, now a keepsake, was the first story I ever wrote. Over the next two years, I continued to write short stories slowly working my way up to novel-length works.
In sixth grade, I began hand-writing my first novel in a notebook that I carried around from class to class. Embedded in that novel, was the seed for the Eternal Feud Series. My chicken scratches were titled The Nice and Unpopular, which is a story about a girl who struggled to regain her social status after her family moved out-of-state forcing her to start over at a new high school. Her father was an actor who played the lead role in a soap opera called Romance with Johnny, which eventually branched out as its own novel. After thirteen years, three drafts and a title change, Reunion at Walnut Cherryville evolved into a dystopian themed novel that had little relevance to its previous title.
An Unintentional Realization
You never know what will inspire you to write a great story. Inspiration can come from anywhere, so keep your eyes peeled and write, write, write.
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