Many times I’ve been asked these questions: When did you first start writing? What inspired you to write? At what point, did you consider yourself to be a bonafide writer? Every author has a story about their journey, and Mary Cope’s journey is a hilariously honest one. She didn’t start out with the intention of becoming a writer at all. Writing just sort of found her along the way, and now she’s hooked. To all you avid readers out there, have you ever considered there might be a story inside of you, too? With that thought in mind, enjoy this week’s feature. Cheerio, –Jo Grafford, Highlighted Author Co-Hostess
Mary’s Writing Journey
I didn’t grow up having this dream of being a writer. To be honest, my writing journey came out of boredom. My husband,Tony, was on location for work. Our son, Christopher, was away at college and our daughter, Sarah, was busy with her life. So, I began to write.
What I quickly discovered was that I absolutely loved writing. Creating characters, giving them heart, and making them come alive fed into my creative side. I found myself getting lost in my story as these characters became real to me. I never imagined my first writing attempt would get me to where I am now, the published author of “Beautiful One.” My heart is truly humbled.
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Elizabeth Ryan is a beautiful, shy, naïve high school senior. Having never dated she meets the boy of her dreams, Aidan Mitchell. Despite his history of womanizing Liz is drawn to him. Soon Liz becomes the envy of all the girls on campus, when they become a couple and her dream boyfriend sweeps her off her feet and into the dating world that is all too new and strange for her. When other guys start to take notice of Liz, Aidan is troubled with fits of jealousy.
Elizabeth then meets the ruggedly handsome, Spencer Hayes and they quickly bond over their passion for music. Liz begins to struggle with the feelings that spark between them. In the end Elizabeth finds herself torn between helping Aidan overcome his jealousy and anger and giving into what her heart truly wants.
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