My Path to Writing

I discovered my passion for storytelling when I rode horses. Sitting around the campfire after a trail ride, there were storytellers among our group who entertained us as we sat listening to the popping wood under the stars. With some trepidation, I offered a story of my own. From then on, I was accepted as a regular.

In reality, I’m a second-gen writer. My father was a reporter with the Associated Press and the editor of several local newspapers. He instilled in me a great pleasure in the written word from an early age. I was published in various high school and college venues. After college, I freelanced and was awarded a bi-monthly editorial column at a local newspaper. I earned accolades for breaking news, which in the vernacular means that my imagination and curiosity helped me uncover and investigate things no one knew about yet, and sometimes it turned out to have environmental, social or financial impact. If there is one thing all writers share, it’s curiosity and interest in the smallest details. We are great investigators, masters of the trivial, and generous interviewers when someone piques our interest (which for me, is almost everyone).

Writing flowed out of me in the form of poetry, which I set to music on guitar. My first public gigs outside of high school were in a Christian coffeehouse in Virginia Beach called The Upstairs Coffeehouse. My poetry has often been published.

After seeking to identify the call of God on my life through Bible school, seminary and university, and much prayer, I earned my masters in social work. In my field, I have listened to many stories, and learned how to facilitate healthy change in people through helping them transform their stories.

I’ve struggled to find ways to combine the most powerful impulses of my spirit, the call to lead the way to truth and liberty, finely-tuned by the Word of God, and the creative calling. Both my avocation and writing allow me to give expression to these.

I wanted to write fiction for years, but I could never seem to finish a thing I started. Probably no one can relate to this! In 2013 I learned of NaNoWriMo and Scrivener. I entered that November’s ‘WriMo using a Scrivener trial edition. To my complete astonishment, I wrote almost twice the requisite 50,000 words that month and won a discount on the full edition of Scrivener, my first paid fictional gig (if you really stretch it).  On January 1, 2016 I published my first novel, Hope’s Motel. I am currently working on the novel begun at WriMo. It’s speculative fiction about which I will say no more! Fiction will be fiction; however, in everything I write, I endeavor to stay true to God’s Word, the Bible.

My Amazon author page features what’s been published so far.

With Joy+,

Danyelle Wolfe Read