My name is Tiffany Shearn, and I am an author.
The published part of being an author is still in-work, but I’m getting so close to jumping the last hurdles and putting my work out there. I started this blog to share my journey.
I have a full-length novel written, so what is next? I will admit I am still learning this part, but my list right now is:
- Beta readers.
- Copy editor.
- Cover art.
This is where it gets scary. You put so much of yourself into work that you love, it is difficult to receive the constructive feedback you need to take your work to the next level. I love my story, and I love how it has evolved as I have grown, but it is at the point where I want to share it, and I want it to be good enough to share.
I have always had an active imagination, drifting off into worlds all my own. In college I started writing these ideas down simply so they would not keep distracting me from the much less interesting lectures. That is all they were at first. Ideas. Vague concepts that floated on the pages without much substance holding them together.
I don’t know the moment I decided to weave in the threads of a story, or when that story became a world with people I wanted to know. Now here we are, ready to move forward one more time.
As this is about introducing me as well as my work, I should share some of my background. I was born and raised in the Puget Sound (Washington State, USA) and have stayed here all my life. I love traveling, but this area has so much variety to offer and limited poisonous creatures, so I always want to return home.
I work in Finance and have now worked at two of the big employers in the area. The numbers and problem solver are my favorite parts of the job, and I have worked with some great people over the years. Big business office politics can drive me bonkers, but no job is perfect. You try to focus on the parts you love.
Some of my hobbies other than writing:
- Reading. I am a fan of the fantasy genre primarily, but I also dabble in mystery, romance, and science fiction.
- Attending soccer games – Go Sounders!
- Playing Dungeons & Dragons with our friends. I play in my husband’s game and he plays in mine.
- Ziplining. Okay, this one is not exactly a hobby, but we try to go once on every vacation if there is one locally.
Right now, I have two aspirations. One is to publish my book, so I’m working on sharing my personal story and working through the steps to sharing my literary story. A second is to go in to finance counseling. I love numbers and budgeting, and I would love to be able to offer these skills to people who can benefit most from them. Helping someone get out of debt or buy a first house would be as great as seeing my name on the cover of a book.
I will keep you in the loop on all of this as the weeks fly by, and I hope more people join along the way.