…there was a girl who had a dream. But it wasn’t about floating lanterns or adventure in the great, wide somewhere. It was a dream to become a published author.
The girl knew that to be successful in the publishing world, she needed to have an online platform, so she decided to start a blog. It was called Never Grow Up, and focused on dolls, toys, Disney movies, and more. The girl learned about blogging, made friends from all over the world, and got to share her geeky fandoms with others like her.
She had always loved fairytales, so it made perfect sense that her first series of books would involve fairytale retellings. The girl buried herself in the most splendid research ever, reading and watching as many fairytale adaptations as she could, studying the common themes, and coming up with her own twists on classic tales.
Time passed, and as she blogged, attended writing conferences, and improved her craft, the girl typed away at the story that was burning in her soul. She grew to love her characters, who became her dear friends. She longed for the day when she could introduce them to the world.
The girl soon realized she needed a special place to share all of her upcoming writing news, thoughts, and dreams with her future readers and fans.
That place is here, and I am that girl.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned on this crazy writing journey, it’s that nothing is predictable. Whether it’s the overwhelming sense of panic that comes over you after your first writer’s conference, the stinging pain of a rejection by an agent or editor, or the cutting of favorite scenes or characters from your beloved story, the road to publication has many bumps and disappointments. Yet there are wonderful, amazing parts of the writing life, too. The forming of lifelong friendships. The thrill of a compliment from a fellow writer you respect. The love and support of family, friends, and readers as you persevere through draft after draft. I wouldn’t trade this adventure for anything, and I’m so excited to see what happens next.
I’m looking forward to sharing it here with all of you.
Hannah Prewett, a Fairytale Fangirl