Hi everyone and especially to Nancy O. Greene, who invited me to join this online writers’ community. I am a novelist, journalist and screenwriter who lives in Silver Spring, MD. My two self-published young-adult novels won awards last year, including a first place in the Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards for children’s/young adult.
My two works-in-progress are mainstream novels for adults, sort of in the same universe as Barbara Kingsolver (I wish). Anyway, I am in my 50s and have been a writer all my life although I have only this limited tangible validation to show for it. I wrote some novels in my 20s, one terrible, the other a mystery that had two agents after it. I went with one, we submitted about nine times and then we agreed I should revise the ending. Then I got a divorce, my mother died, I moved from New York to Connecticut and got my first job on a newspaper. FIVE years later I went back to the agent with my revision and he had retired. Couldn’t find another.
For the next 15 years or so, I was fairly contented as a journalist. I got to see my name at the top of columns of print. I wrote all day, every day. But in 1993, after leaving journalism and going first into political research (polling mostly) and then into PR I came back to writing fiction to keep my soul alive. I cannot stop writing now, and I know I’m getting better and better and maybe even pretty good. For my next novels I will try to get an agent.
I am also a screenwriter, which is different and kind of short-form novel writing. It reminds me of when I wrote radio copy for UPI. I had to take 1000-word news stories and reduce them to six pithy lines. I’ve taken five screenwriting classes in Nashville and Washington, D.C., and have won two awards for two different scripts. I’m close to signing an option with a California indie production company for one. I’m also working with one of my best friends on a romantic comedy collaboration. This is very interesting and somewhat painful, because she absolutely forces me to articulate stuff I usually just intuit and get down on the page and then revise and revise. She is an Emmy-award winning television writer and has no patience with that. It’s all about a good strong structural outline and then bam-bam. It is great for both of us and we are still friends so far.
So that’s my intro. I have a 17-year-old son who is a junior in a communication arts program at a Maryland public H.S. I have a husband who is also a journalist, two dogs and one elderly horse.
I’m looking forward to having more writers to bounce ideas and events and ups and downs with.
Thanks for having me.
My Web page is: lydaphillips.com