When I was in junior high, I devoured Christopher Pike’s The Last Vampire series. I can’t quite remember what YA was like back then, but I do remember thinking there weren’t enough books with kickass female characters like Sita or Alisa. I started working on my first novel—told from the POV of a vampire, naturally—not long after finishing the series.
I don’t even remember what that first book was about, but it was handwritten and kept inside a miniature 3-ring binder and I thought it was amazing. I bought my first publishing reference book around that same time. But then I read the terrible, dream-crushing news that it generally takes people years YEARS to get published and that they don’t make much money doing it. I was a money hungry kid, growing up in a lower income family. I wanted to be rich.
Then I became a teen mom. And I spent a lot of time at home with a baby. Somedays I needed an escape, so I started writing again and never stopped.
Writing for me is still about the fantasy. It’s like living in a virtual reality game. On the outside, it looks like we’re just sitting there typing away, but on the inside, we’re fighting pirates, slaying vampires, kissing hot boys! There is power in the written word, and even more power in having written it.
So that’s why I write now. The boring story is, I started because of a vampire. :D
Jennifer Rush is the author of ALTERED coming Fall 2012 from Little, Brown. Check out her blog for news and updates.