Hello! I’m very excited about being here with the Lady Scribes today. It’s a little surreal to be sitting on this side of the fence. I remember subscribing and reading this blog when I first started wearing my Serious Writing Tiara. Yes, there really is a tiara. It’s blue and sparkly, and I really do wear it sometimes when I write. So, roping in my wayward attention span, I have to say it’s very exciting to be here today.
Since this marks the beginning of my career as a Real Author, why don’t I take you back to where it all began?
Like my heroine in Flirting with Rescue, I was a rodeo brat growing up. My parents traveled all over the country going from rodeo to rodeo. My father was a world champion calf roper and team roper. My mom was a trick rider and roman rider. It’s a very different kind of life experience for a kid, one I wouldn’t trade for all the social knowledge I missed out on during those years.
Eventually my family did stop traveling and I entered public school. Besides being a huge culture shock, I had no idea what was cool, what wasn’t and what not to do. I was more than a little awkward, and very out of touch with reality. I made one friend early on; my closest, life-long friend Zibby. Zibby is the reason I started writing.
You see, Zibby wrote first. While some kids were trying to be king of the mountain, or practicing their cheerleading skills or playing flag football, she told me the really cool kids were writers. Now, if she told me that as a joke, or was being serious, I don’t remember, but I started to write. Writing became part of my daily routine. I even had a parent-teacher conference because I wrote too much in math class.
Fast forward a decade and some change, I’m writing again, and all because of Zibby’s peer pressure. I’d quit playing roller derby, wasn’t doing much with my life and there was Zibby, reminding me of this thing called NaNoWriMo. My first NaNo was a train wreck as far as the novel went, but I had the writing bug – bad. Have you ever picked up a hobby or an activity and wondered how you’ve lived without it? That was me! That’s still me!
I’m a fan of beginnings. The first chapter of a book. The initiation to something new. The start of a new year. And now, my debut book. I wouldn’t be here without the encouragement I’ve received along the way, and a good dose of peer pressure.
2012 stretches out in front of us. If you’re sitting at my desk, it’s even hosted by half-naked firemen, courtesy of the Houston Firefighter calendar. It's inspiration! Honest! This year is new and exciting. It’s a chance to tackle another book, do something new and make more memories.
Today I’m going to be giving away a $10 gift card to the winner’s choice of Ellora’s Cave, Barnes and Noble or Amazon. To enter, tell me a new activity, event or goal you want to tackle in 2012. The winner will be chosen at random.
For me, I want to go on a bike ride with my mom. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, until I tell you my mom’s one of the top ranked Ultimate Cyclists in her age division. She rides well over 15,000 kilometers in a year, several hundred miles in a month with an average of twelve hours a ride. That’s a daunting event! But, if my over 50 mother can do it, so can I.
It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and belly dancing.
Her debut book, Flirting with Rescue, will be out from Ellora’s Cave in January of 2012.