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I started writing in 2005. I was in college at Texas A&M University, living on my own in a small one bedroom apartment, working at Old Navy, and taking classes on campus. University bus route #25 was right outside my apartment complex, but it dropped off on the opposite side of campus that my classes were on, and I was too poor/frugal to pay for parking on campus... so most days, it wasn't worth taking the bus or my little truck to campus. So I walked.
It was 3 miles from my apartment door to the Administration Building at the front entrance of campus. I would then walk to wherever my first class would be... usually on engineering row... (though I was NOT an engineering major) ;)
One day, as I walked to campus, my mind wandered to a flyer I had seen at my advisors office the day before. A flyer about studying abroad in Ireland. My little east Texas heart thought it would be amazing to go there. At this point, I had never even been out of the country, so the thought of traveling to a new place terrified, but also excited me. But... I couldn't do it. It was expensive and just not in the cards for me. I recognized that, and as I passed the Oceanography Building, I convinced myself that I would stop by the SCC (Computer Lab) after class and research Ireland just for kicks. Maybe that would satisfy my wanderlust for the place.
So I did. I ended up sitting in the computer lab for two and a half hours just fascinated with everything Ireland. And I printed information packet after information packet that I found (Because printing was free at that time) ;) or at least... I think it was. Ha! And... History major here... research was a strong point for me!
I then made the 3 mile trek back home, all the while my mind just started turning. I decided to detour and walk to the park that was about three blocks over from my apartment complex. I sat at a picnic table at Thomas Park, pulled out a notepad, and began jotting down names. That is how the O'Rifcan family was born.
I claim to be a writer for 13 years, because that is when it started. But I've only been an author for 10 years. Claron, Book One in the O'Rifcan Siblings Series is my 10th book for publication, and my 79th book to write. Most manuscripts won't see the light of day because they were terrible first attempts. It's how we learn.
The early manuscript about the O'Rifcan family is ROUGH. (maybe an understatement) But the characters and some of the scene ideas are the same... just tweaked and written by today me instead of 2005 me. Thank goodness. ;)
So this book release is special for me. It's the first story that started it all. Started one of my favorite "past times" as I would sit in my apartment and type away on my boxy HP computer I'd gotten for Christmas in high school. I'd write until too late in the night, and then get up for my 4/5 am shipment shift at Old Navy. Work. Go to class. Work again. Come home. Write. Repeat. If I was at home, I was writing (or studying/reading for class... if my mom is reading this) ;)
Now, I can call my past time my job. Not many people get to do that. And I'm thankful I love what I do. I'm thankful that a simple flyer could spark a career... just not in the way I thought it would be.
So I can't wait for you guys to read Claron.
Thank you for being a part of this journey for me.
And Lord willing, more to come.
Howdy Everyone! And welcome to my website! My name is Katharine Hamilton and I am a writer and multi-genre author! Thank you for stopping by!