The Journeyman Author

On writing for writers.


Hello! My name is Mary. I like to think of myself as a writer, though by any individual definition I suppose I could just be a human being who likes to write. In any case, this very blog was built upon that very “like,” and a desire to have an outlet for me to discuss my passion and perhaps build an audience crazy enough to read it!

My writing history mirrors that of many others. I’ve been writing for the greater part of nine years. I excelled at it in high school, writing for everything from our school newspaper to literary magazine, taking part in the creative writing classes, workshops, and competitions. I won first place in my grade in the county-wide creative writing competition two years consecutively, the only two years I competed. I began working on my first novel when I was fifteen.

I loved writing so much that I pursued it as a degree in college. For three years, I studied creative writing and photography at the University of Nevada, Reno. While in school, I completed my first novel and wrote two more. I worked as a writer, as well, doing a lot of journalistic work for the UNR website.

Now, I still work doing what I love. I’m a copywriter for a technology company in Reno, Nevada. Copywriting is the closest thing to creative writing in the actual work force, so I think it’s a proper fit. I am also still writing my manuscripts. The first two books I wrote are currently being torn to shreds for a much-needed rewrite, and two more are are waiting for an outline reform.I have a fifth novel in progress that I am seven chapters into, a sixth that is in its outlining stage, and a seventh that I am preparing for query.

This seventh novel is the namesake of this blog. I wrote the book over one summer for a novel writing class. Afterward, I set it aside for a year and didn’t look at it (when you write a book in ten weeks you don’t really want to see it again for at least another fifty-two.) When I did finally pick it up again, I sent it to a family friend. This friend has been a working writer his entire life, from journalism to copywriting, and he understands the field. When he read the novel, he had this to say:

“Congratulations. Blink is a sophisticated achievement. You created a compelling story. I read it in two sittings. I found myself caught up in the narrative just as I am when reading a Big Name author. Your story-telling skills are much better than I’d imagined. I thought I was going to evaluate a first-time writer but found a journeyman author.” — Mark Lyon

So, there you have it. A journeyman author. Perhaps I’m not worthy of the title. If so, I will do my best to maintain that reputation. If not, I will do my best to attain it.

Thank you, and happy reading!


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