"Our Lives In Between"
Every path to success has a story. This is Billie's...
Billie Always Had an Active Imagination...
Starting at a very young age, Billie has always been a storyteller. In grade school, she often drove her classmates nuts with wild tales she told about her home life during school. She spent her childhood and well into her adult years playing in her imagination, dreaming up many stories and characters. At times she felt that her imagination was wildly out of control and was unsure of what to do with it. She toyed with the idea of writing one of her stories down, but without the formal education that most authors had she lacked the confidence she needed for a long time and was unsure of where to begin.
She Loved Going to the Library & the Bookstore.
She often combed bookstore and library shelves for stories similar to what she had been imagining—especially one story in particular—and often came away disappointed. Although she loves many authors work none of them ever came close to what she was longing for. She slowly came to realize that in order for her to ever be able to read what she wants, she will have to create it herself.
Writing Called to Her Like Nothing Else...
It was in April 2010 that she finally decided to give it a try. She had no idea, what that journey would entail or how long it would take, but she never gave up and never stopped. Finally, she found the best outlet for her crazy imagination, she was in love and has never looked back. After four drafts and six crazy years, she finally finished her first novel, Enlightened November 2017. Divided and Awakened followed shortly after.
She Always Listens to Her Intuition.
She has always been very proud of her work but often felt like Enlightened was not quite right. Like, it was incomplete somehow. This feeling nagged at her the whole time she was promoting it but she was unsure of what to do about it.
She, like many other authors, was under the impression that you can only publish a story once.
Her Path Took an Unexpected Turn.
Billie was scheduled to be at the Tuscon Festival of Books in March of 2020 but then the pandemic hit. The festival was canceled and everything she was doing stopped right there. This knocked her back hard and she was devastated at first. It wasn't long before she realized that this would give her a clean slate to fix her story. To rewrite Enlightened and turn it into the book it was meant to be.