I’m always at a bit of a loss when people ask how I became a writer because I’m not sure I ever had a choice. If there’s such a thing as writing genes, I have a double dose. Before his violent death (possibly murder) when he was only 36, my grandfather Homer Eon Flint (www.HomerEonFlint.com) was a leading contributor to the pulp magazines. How I wish he and I could have talked shop!
All his published work plus his unpublished manuscripts came into my possession. Last year I entrusted the fragile magazines to the University of Kansas. A few months after that during one of those moments of serendipity, I connected with the right person at the right publishing house—Musa Publishing. www.MusaPublishing.com We’re smack in the middle of republishing Grandpa’s body of work and in July the biography I wrote about his life and the mystery of his death will see the light of day. Ask me if this is a dream come true!
So thanks to Grandpa (his real name was Flindt), I came to life prepackaged with the writing bug. As for the double dose, his son, my uncle Max Flindt also wrote—nonfiction about his theory that modern man is a blend of prehistoric humanoids and what he called starmen. He published a total of four books as he dove deeper into research. My mother edited all of them and I found the publisher for the last, Between Apes And Angels.
As if genetics wasn’t enough, both my mother and grandmother were teachers. We lived in a remote, rural logging community with no TV. When my sister and I weren’t out playing mountain women, we read. And read. I also stared out the window a lot imagining all kinds of fabulous adventures.
My first creative endeavor was a comic book with the Lone Ranger’s horse Silver as the hero. My kid sister, wise soul that she is, proclaimed it genius! Of course back then I had no idea what the publishing world was. Sigh. Sometimes I wish I could recapture that innocence.
Vella Munn has been writing since dirt was new and has no other marketable skills so much continue doing the only thing she wants to in life--other than gardening, being part of her family, and walking the dogs. She wrote category romance and historicals as Vella Munn (most are being republished )and currently writes erotic romance as Vonna Harper. She lives in rural southern Oregon where she avoids shopping as much as possible and counts among her accomplishments going to Alaska and Omaha Nebraska for the college baseball world series. Her latest erotic release is Canyon Shadows with Kensington Aphrodisia.