I don’t think it surprised many people when my love of reading blossomed into a talent for writing as well. After all, it’s very true that the best way to learn your craft is to study other authors writing styles, and I’d studying for years and years before I picked up a pen and put words to paper myself.
It goes without saying then, that nobody was surprised when I started writing horror either, since I’d been glomming every Stephen King book I could get my hands on. Granted, I was no Shakespeare right out of the gate. I spent a long time writing melodramatic crap (and still do!). But that’s okay because nobody ever saw that crap but me.
The first story I shared with anyone was for my grade 10 English class. It was about a high school girl whose boyfriend, Timmy, died in a tragic hunting accident out in the woods. (I got pretty descriptive about what the bullet did to his poor face, and I remember kids groaning and going “eewww” when I was standing at the front of the class reading.) The story got really interesting when the dead guy’s ghost possessed the AM/FM radio in the girl’s kitchen. The ghost got jealous when she started dating someone new, and the ending was definitely not a happy ever after!
Surprisingly enough, my teacher wasn’t grossed out by my little story. In fact, he thought it was good enough for the District creative writing competition and when I entered…I won! It was my first writing competition and first award, but I won that same competition the next year as well. Thus, I was set along my future career path.
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.