Meradeth Houston has kindly agreed to guest post here to share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her upcoming release, Colors Like Memories.
About The Author:
Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use "like" a lot.
She has her doctorate in molecular anthropology. Translation: she sequences dead people's DNA and is a professional lab rat.
She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
Her other passion is teaching. There's nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology!
If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.
Inspiration for becoming a writer
Thanks a million for hosting me here today! It’s always a pleasure to get to meet other writers, readers, and people who enjoy books!
So, today I wanted to talk a little bit about what inspired me to write. Really, I could probably sum it up in one word: reading :). I was one of those kids teachers kind of hated because I was always, always reading. This was great in some respects, like during reading time in class, but I could never put my book down when we moved on to long division and other less-fun topics. (I had a lot of teachers try to cure me of this problem, but it never really worked. I did get to know the principal well though.) Anyhow, I read a lot as a kid. I found a lot of books I enjoyed, and I adored certain series. Does anyone else recall the Babysitters Club and Boxcar Children series? (I came across my massive collection of these paperbacks a few months ago and had a good laugh about how many I ended up owning!) So, what I’m saying here is that my parents were extremely grateful for libraries, and I honed the skill of being able to read through anything :).
Writing was one of those things that grew naturally from my love of reading. Somewhere along the line, I started wanting to read stories about certain characters, certain worlds, and I wasn’t finding them anywhere. So, for whatever reason, the thought occurred to me that I could actually write these things myself. I was eleven at the time (precocious much? Hah! This totally makes me blush!). I wasn’t writing then for any kind of audience other than myself, but I already knew the power of the written word and the world it could create, so I set about creating the kind of world I wanted to spend time in. I have a lot of beat-up notebooks filled with my horrible handwriting in blurry pencil. Reading some of that stuff is physically painful, haha!
Somewhere along the line, I had a couple of teachers who realized that maybe instead of trying to keep me from reading, working with my interests might be a better plan of attack. I look back on these teachers with a lot of gratitude because they really helped me realize that maybe I could do something with the reading/writing I loved so much, and planted the seeds for what would later be my hope of getting published. Bless those teachers! They’re the kind that I hope every kid gets at least once while in school.
My path to becoming a writer isn’t too terribly interesting, or probably all that unique, but it has led me to where I am today: my debut novel, Colors Like Memories, is due out in May from MuseItUp Publishing, and I couldn’t be more excited!
Inquiring minds want to know: what books did you love the most as a kid?
Colors Like Memories:
Title: Colors Like Memories
Author: Meradeth Houston
Publication Date: May, 2012
Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of.
Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this 'breath of life' she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It's a job Julia used to enjoy, until the accident that claimed her boyfriend’s life—an accident she knows was her fault. If living with the guilt weren't enough, she's now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, something Julia's not exactly the best role model for. If she can't figure out a way to help her, Julia's going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen.
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