"I have been daydreaming stories for as long as I can remember. My first recollection of wanting to be a writer was when I was in the second grade, and my teacher, Mrs. Rambin, would have us lay our heads on our desks after lunch while she read us stories full of magic and imagination.
Most of my early writings were stories with a twist of science fiction…even my earliest poems. I remember sitting on the dam of a neighbor’s pond around the time I was eleven, writing a story about space travel. In fact, I still have that little handwritten story. It’s still bound in the same yellow notebook that I put it in way back in the sixth grade!
Growing up in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, afforded me summers full of adventure with my friends. I call on those adventures and memories a great deal for my YA stories. Cicada has a lot of the energy of those childhood adventures spun throughout. One of them is something that actually happened to me when I was thirteen years old. I was on one of my adventures in the woods with my dog, Dusty. We made our way through the woods to a neighboring pasture and crawled through the barbed wire fence. When we got to the top of one of the rolling hills in the grassy field, I realized I was standing in the middle of a giant circle imprinted in the pasture grass. No one had ever told me about crop circles at that time in my life, so I just thought it was an odd occurrence that there was a strange circle in the tall grass. Now that circle is forever memorialized in a YA novel, Cicada!
Nowadays, I work at a day job in higher education and spin my tales during those off hours that I’m not working on assignments for my English classes at University of Houston, where I’m earning my degree in hopes of teaching English at the college level one day.
I’m currently writing the two sequels to Cicada.
Carol, thank you so very much for having me over to your lovely blog for a cup of tea and a chat! It’s been great getting to know you and your readers! :)
You can find me online at these locations. I’d love for you to stop by!
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Belle-Whittington-Author/192785624106142
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5046101.Belle_Whittington
- Tumblr: http://bellewhittington.tumblr.com/
- Twitter: AuthorofCicada
- Cicada is currently available in paperback at: https://www.createspace.com/3611155
- Cicada will be available in paperback on Amazon very soon!
- Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF2fd2GxVKo"
Thank you very much Belle!