I’ve dreamed of becoming a professional writer most of my life, but the road that got me here was not an easy one.
As a child, I struggled with multiple learning disabilities in reading, writing, and spelling. I hated reading and writing. In fact, I despised anything to do with school altogether. But my life changed forever when my mom forced me to sit down and read the Harry Potter series with her. She read from the first book aloud to me every day and then we took turns reading chapters in the second one. The third book I read aloud to her, for which she deserves many kudos because I had to sound out almost every word! By the fourth book, however, I was reading on my own. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the first book I ever read completely by myself.
When I say that the Harry Potter books changed my life, I mean it literally. It was Rowling’s ability to develop captivating stories that instilled in me the desire to discover more. And that’s just what I did. For years I read everything I could get my hands on. The Hobbit, The Giver, Ender’s Game, Dragon’s Bait, Where the Red Fern Grows, A Wrinkle in Time…anything!
Eventually, though, reading stories wasn’t enough; I wanted to create my own. In order do that, however, I knew I had to improve my writing skills . So I got to it, dedicated immeasurable amounts of time to studying, and practiced until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Through my hard work and perseverance (and a lot of support from my mom), I turned my biggest weakness into my greatest strength. I even majored in English Education and taught high school English before getting my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction.
This makes it all sound easy, but I will tell you, straight up, it wasn’t. Learning disabilities don’t just go away overnight. In fact, I’d argue that they never completely go away at all. A perfect example: I had to retype “completely” three times before I got the spelling right. I still have trouble managing my disabilities, but I’ve learned to utilize the tools around me so that they are not so debilitating.
Becoming a published author is literally a dream come true. It represents my determination to succeed despite adversity and I could not be prouder to be able to share my personal story with you today.
I have a B.A. in English Education from Greensboro College and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.
Relevant Work Experience:
- Self-established entrepreneur and creator of Beauty In, Geek Out LLC, a successful convention and online retail company.
- Over five years working within Higher Education, helping to design and write various university policy handbooks, guidelines, job descriptions, and initiatives.
- Experience as a secondary English education teacher, individually recognized for successfully enhancing students’ writing abilities.
- Intern for a financial advising firm as a Marketing and Client Relations Assistant responsible for writing presentation materials, client correspondence, and press releases.
- Extensive experience planning, advertising, and executing large-scale events and community service projects.
- Continually asked for assistance developing exceptional resumes, portfolios, and other career-related documents.
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- Born with multiple learning disabilities in reading, writing, and spelling. Through hard work, determination, and perseverance, she transformed her greatest areas of weakness into her top strengths.
- Lived in Alaska for ten years.
- Attained her first Spartan Trifecta in 2014 and is currently training for the Carolina Battle Frog Extreme 2015.
- Won the Radford University Winesette Book Collecting Contest in 2011. Read the winning essay.