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What Inspired Me To Be A Writer by Elizabeth JM Walker

Today I’m hosting author, Elizabeth JM Walker as part of her blog tour for her new book, This Night Sucks. Elizabeth kindly wrote a guest post about what inspired her to become a writer. Enjoy!

 I’m honestly not sure what inspired me to be a writer. The love of books and writing has just been a constant presence in my life. When I was four my mom used to take me to the library. One day I took out the book How a Book is Made by Aliki. The book was illustrated with cat-people making books. I decided when I grew up I wanted to make books. I was constantly writing stories and “making books” with folded-up pieces of paper. Some of the first words I learned how to write were Book and By Beth.

I remember in grade five my class was asked to write a short story about a trip. I immediately began writing a crazy sci-fi story with a spacecraft on a voyage, complete with robots and the discovery of new planets. Unbeknownst to me, the other kids were writing about their family vacation to Florida or a visit to the zoo. The student teacher who was currently helping with the class liked my oddball space story so much he asked me to read it to the class. It felt like a small validation that I was on the right path – that I could write stories.

I continued to write all through grade school and high school. My first book, She Dreamed of Dragons, was first drafted when I was a teenager. In 2002 (my senior year of high school) I discovered zines and by 2003 I was making my own – a zine of short stories titled 398. Being motivated to share my zines with others really helped me grow as a writer.

Thinking up stories and writing them down has always been a part of my life. I often wonder what non-writers think about all day, since I can’t imagine passing a single day without thinking about one of my current writing projects or coming up with new ones.

Welcome to the Book Tour for Elizabeth J.M. Walker’s new novella, This Night Sucks!

Follow the tour each day to read reviews, guest posts, and exclusive excerpts.



Book Details:
From the author of She Dreamed of Dragons
Title: This Night Sucks
Author Name: Elizabeth J.M. Walker
Genre(s): Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Vampires, Comedy
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing
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About the Book:
Lana is a high school senior enrolled in Vampire Education – a class to teach students about the very real presence of vampires in the world. Lana and her classmates don’t really expect to meet up with any undead bloodsuckers. Vampires are a lot like other scary things that supposedly exist but you hope you’ll never come across: nudist colonies, mad cow disease, and your parents’ sex life.
What is part of Lana’s everyday reality is navigating through one last year of high school while desperately trying to be less nerdy. She still loves spaceships, fantasy novels, and cat stickers, but she also recently got her braces removed, grew boobs, and is working on the makeup thing. She never expected her crush-of-a-lifetime Pete to even notice her – let alone ask her out on a date.
The date is going great until Pete’s ex-girlfriend Katy shows up, all bloody and pissed off. Lana quickly realizes that Katy is not just her ordinary bitchy self – she has been turned into a vampire. After a near death experience, Lana learns that she is changing into a vampire too.
Lana needs answers, and the only way to get them is to find the vampire who started the chain of events – and to find him before sunrise…
Meet the Author:
Elizabeth J. M. Walker lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She has always loved books and writing. As a teen she discovered zines, which inspired her to publish her own litzine of odd fairy tales for over a decade.
She Dreamed of Dragons is her first novel.
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5 thoughts on “What Inspired Me To Be A Writer by Elizabeth JM Walker

  1. Saph

    Thank you so much for having Elizabeth JM Walker on your website today!

  2. Tiffany Shand

    You’re welcome!

  3. Justine

    Fantastic post! Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth! And Tiffany, for hosting!

  4. Tiffany Shand

    You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting!

  5. Elizabeth J. M. Walker

    Thank you for being part of the blog tour Tiffany!

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