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I grew up in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., and attended college in Baltimore, where my love for music became serious. However, I was told many times that pursuing a music performance degree was fraught with financial danger, so I majored in Geography, since I had developed an interest in maps. During my last year of college I was able to take a fiction writing course, and then began fleshing out an idea for a novel.
After securing a job, I have expanded my musical repertoire and writing styles, while continuing to add to my novel. I researched other writing outlets, but I found that traditional publishing was not likely to be my bread-and-butter. Then I discovered Helium.com in 2007.
Helium was an online community where authors could sharpen their writing skills and earn money based on the number of people who clicked on their work. I wrote approximately 180 articles on Helium, the highest earner of those being "How to Write a Choose Your Own Adventure Story."
I had not touched my novel for many years, but a visit to the Maryland Renaissance Festival brought back my inspiration with a vengeance. I finished writing my novel and hired a professional editor and cover artist. At this point, my main goal is not to earn money, but merely to get my story out to the public. Any earnings are icing on the cake.
I think now it's time to get that music degree I was talked out of so many years ago…