Reading to Writing ... it's not a leap of faith
I grew up in a family of voracious readers. Each week, my brother and father returned from the library with stacks of books. I never understood the attraction they had to books. For the most part, everything I read bored me. I had not yet discovered the right books for me: Science Fiction. But when I finally did discover my genre, there was no turning back.
I co-authored my first SF&F novel while in high school. After graduating from college with a B.S. in Business & Economics and a minor in International Relations, I entered public accounting. Though I loved "playing" with numbers, accounting, on the whole, was, well... not 'entertaining' enough. I had always wanted to do something creative, so back to school, I went.
I received my MBA in finance and marketing. Surely marketing would satisfy the creative outlet I so desired, wouldn't it? But the "good" marketing jobs were scarce. My next few jobs centered around numbers – again. I became an investment research analyst, a director of administration for a manufacturer and then a financial analyst. All of my jobs were interesting and challenging, but none satisfied my creative itch.
My next major move was to the eCommerce department of a major financial institution. There, I developed my Web Design and Management skills. While this was a step in the right direction, the emptiness remained. It wasn't until I decided to become a stay-at-home mom that I began writing again. And I knew immediately... this is what I was meant to do.
Faces of Lebo article
I was interviewed by my local magazine regarding my writing career and upcoming debut novel, The Traitor's Touch. Read the article here if you're like additional insight into how I got started.
Julie K. Cohen
Sci Fi/ Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Author
Yes, I'm a little off center here... Do you know how hard it is to get a good photo these days?
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