I have been writing for as long as I can remember. If I trace back far enough, I think it all started with a children’s Halloween writing contest in the local paper when I was about six years old. I remember a limit of 500 words. I also remember thinking, “How can I possibly tell this story in only 500 words?”
In sixth grade I wrote “The Bear with a Tutu,” a short story about a ballerina turned into a bear by an evil witch. I don’t remember much about this piece except that it lives in a fire-safe box in my office, and more importantly, that my teacher wrote some incredible words on the top of the first page: “Eva, this is so creative. Please never ever stop writing!” She was an inspiration to me, and so I took her words to heart.
For every breakup, I wrote a poem or twenty; for every stress, I grabbed my journal; and for just about everything else, I delved into the mind of that little girl who wrote about a tutu-wearing bear. I also began to feast on the works of some of the most creative authors in an eclectic array of genres, leading my writing to transform from fictional biographies (strangely about more ballerinas), to horror, and soon after fantasy—and it was in this genre that I found I wanted to thrive. I had a wonderful mentor at the Institute of Children’s Literature who pushed me to create the first three chapters of a young adult book, and in college I had a professor who encouraged me to delve into more mainstream, deeper work, leading me to fall equally in love with the contemporary/mainstream style, and also the idea of writing for adults.
Several years later, I’m still writing—although my journey has been a bit of a wild zig-zag across multiple paths and far too many years of distractions. I have a day job and about fifty hobbies, but I also have a passion to write, and for the rest of my days I intend to live my life immersed in this passion.
And so, I welcome you to join the folds of what Eva Rieder always intended for herself to be, and I thank you for your thoughts and ideas as I navigate that which is truly the center of my being. Perhaps, along the way, life will lead you to a similar place—with a promise to follow your true passion.
March 2nd, 2012 at 8:24 am
I look forward to reading you.
Cheers on the launching of this new avenue of communication.
March 3rd, 2012 at 11:49 am
Thank you for following and for your support, Lynne!
March 2nd, 2012 at 9:34 pm
So stoked to see you going for it. You’ve got great brains and tons of talent and I’ll be buying your books. Keep it up.
March 3rd, 2012 at 11:49 am
Thank you so much, Shawn! Right back at ya!
March 4th, 2012 at 8:42 am
I came across this from shewrites.com. You have some very interesting things to say. I am now a follower of your blog. Check mine out if you get a chance.
By the way–I also have two cats who are quite adept with the keyboard 🙂
March 5th, 2012 at 9:03 pm
Hi Katie—thanks for following. I’m checking out your blog right now and am now a follower! Great content!
PS Do you think these cats have a genetic keyboard aptitude trait?!
March 4th, 2012 at 11:35 am
“…join the folds of what Eva Rieder always intended for herself to be.” Love that.
March 5th, 2012 at 9:04 pm
Thanks, Jessica. And I’m still reading through your blog—loving it.
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March 4th, 2012 at 2:52 pm
It looks like you got your blog together. Nicely done. She you on shewrites.
March 5th, 2012 at 9:05 pm
Thanks, Charlotte. I will see you there as well.
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