My name is Barbara Page Erdely, and, truth be told, I have been putting off this blog post. Why? Because pregnancy, and motherhood seriously puts a damper on any urge I may have had when it came to putting thoughts on paper - or computer. My son didn't like anything resting on my stomach.
Anyway, here's a little bit about me. I am twenty-seven, nine whole months older than my adorable husband, and together we have two amazing children. Honestly, I wish we could bottle the energy of our daughter - I don't remember having her kind of energy when I was her age.
I've always wanted to be an artist of some kind.
My grandfather was a talented cartoonist, and owned his own printing company. He had some paintings he had done hanging in an office. I could see them every day, and my interest in art eventually grew.
I took art classes in middle school and high school, but didn't find my love for the written word until late in high school. I found solace in writing fan-fiction on the computer, and even posted some of my stories online. But, they were crude and unedited because I didn't have the courage to let anyone else read them. That was until I enrolled in my first Creative Writing class.
Let me start by saying that my Creative Writing class was not what I expected. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect, but we had to read our stories aloud to the class. Our final story was considered mixed media by our teacher, and was not in a traditional format that I had up until then, hadn't been exposed to.
Then, my grandmother passed away.
This was a very dark time in my life. I had grown up with her. She had been a part of my life every day for seventeen years. My life took a dark turn, and my grades began to slip. With my interest in school diminishing, my writing increased. Instead of short pieces, I started creating in-depth characters and what-if scenarios for several fandoms.
It was an escape.
Then, it was time to choose a college, and I was stuck with two choices. On one hand, I could study Communications at Meredith College, or I could broaden my horizons and attend UNCW. Of course, I chose the latter (with the bonus of having my older sister attending there as well). I majored in Creative Writing, and met my future husband.
I am working on several projects right now, but I am actively crafting my Draconis series. Hopefully, my first novel, The Rise of Fire, will be available in 2019.