I was always a voracious reader. I think I might have been born with a book in hand. When other kids were reading Sweet Valley High, the Chronicles of Narnia, and maybe some Lord of the Rings, I had already finished with those and was moving on to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Sidney Sheldon.
For a young girl who was forced to move ten times before the age of sixteen (from Edmonton, Alberta all the way to Toronto, Ontario), the worlds I found in books were infinitely more interesting and safe than playing with the neighbourhood kids who weren’t so eager to welcome the outsider into their cozy play groups. Especially the last two moves when I was at that awkward age where differences are noticed with very critical eyes. (As an aside, if you have to be the new kid, DO NOT listen to your mother when she says volunteering for crossing guard duty will help you meet people. The only people who will talk to you then are the ones that can’t say anything legible because they’re pointing and laughing at the same time.)
So books were my escape. They were always there for me. I could lose myself in their pages. Laughing, crying, solving mysteries and murders, discovering new places. And I would never be alone.
I’m very grateful to have had such opportunities for early reading. If not for those books, I might not be a writer today.
J.K. Coi is a multi-published, award winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She makes her home in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son and a feisty black cat who is the uncontested head of the household. While she spends her days immersed in the litigious world of insurance law, she is very happy to spend her nights writing dark and sexy characters who leap off the page and into readers’ hearts. Please find her online at http://www.jkcoi.com
Also writing Dark Fantasy for young adults as Chloe Jacobs. Find more information at http://www.chloejacobs.com.