Finding My Niche
It took me a few years to determine that I wanted to pursue a writing career. I always liked to write fiction stories, even since my childhood days. They were mostly fantasy and Japanese anime works. I was given a gift of near flawless spelling and absorbed new words into my young mind. Most recently, a perfect storm brewed in which I was struck with an amazing novel idea combined with plenty of free time to put my thoughts onto paper. It was that idea (international terrorism, hostage situations, urbanized crime) that settled on what genre of fiction I would want to produce. Maybe it was the video games I played or the appreciation of the Post 9/11 war effort that got me into this genre, I'm really not sure. I read/am currently reading the works of Stephen Leather, Mark Dawson, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and Tom Clancy to try and follow their styles. I like to watch similar movies as well. Every time I see a soldier in a combat ready pose on a case, I immediately purchase it. Luckily, I pick up on military jargon quite easily (without ever being enlisted in the armed services). I like to set a gritty image of a battle scene and the espionage of going undercover. To have the reader get inside the head of these elite few, to reveal their humanity despite carrying out the harshest of actions, is what I try to do. Now, at 23, is where I need to really hunker down. I have to face the facts. Having a degree just isn't enough. There are thousands of other hungry writers in search of their voice and claim to fame. Writers that have many more years of experience in the craft then I do. The journey will be tough, I know of this. Yet just like any armed serviceman/woman, you must be strong. You must be dedicated to the cause. You must fight for what you believe in and to lead by example.