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I Love To Read, Therefore I Write!

Several years ago, during a period in which I had lost my job and had no immediate prospects for another job, I had the luxury of time to read. One long weekend, I read "Three Weeks With My Brother", a novel by Nicholas Sparks. After reading it, I discovered that he had received a million-dollar advance for writing this book. My first response was, "Wow! A million dollars! I mean, the book was good, but I can write that well!" And so began my journey to become a published author.

It has been, as the Grateful Dead said, "..a long, strange trip..". It has taken me on a wild rollercoaster ride between hope and despair. But I have persisted, sure in the belief that one day, my name would be at the top of that bestseller list in the New York Times. I haven't gotten there yet, but I'm working hard at it every day. I have three books for sale on Amazon: A Spy At Home, Hazardous Choices, and my latest, A Mormon Massacre - a scorching expose of the abuses of the LDS Church. They are available in both ebook and paperback format, and I'm proud of all of them.

My journey continues; I'm in the process of editing another novel, and I'm doing research for a nonfiction book about the differences between cultures in their treatment of people with disabilities, primarily Down syndrome. I believe this book will touch many people and make an impact on their outlook.

And so, my story continues. I have a day job and am not financially in a position yet to write full-time, but I know that if I persist, I will be one day.
Anyway, that's MY dream. What's yours?
JRinaldo JRinaldo 46-50, M Jan 2, 2013

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