Lee S. Hawke is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy author whom I (Ashleigh) met through a Facebook NaNoWriMo group. Hawke has a few awards to their name so if science fiction or fantasy is your thing, you should probably keep an eye out for this author.
When did you start writing?
When I was young, I was both an avid reader and an indiscriminating one. That meant that I was reading epic childhood classics like The Hobbit and Watership Down at the same time as I was devouring scrumptiously trashy adventure stories. So when I was nine years old, I wrote this gorgeously horrific ‘novel’ called Dark Secrets. It was about glorified versions of my crush (at the time) and I, along with several other characters, getting sucked into a computer game and enslaved by evil aliens who had destroyed Earth in another timeline. There was a very heroic battle scene at the end and everything. I’m very pleased to say that I’m fairly sure I’ve already deleted the last copy of it from existence (it was on a floppy disk, ah, the days) and so that monstrosity will never be released onto the world.
So yes. That was my ignominious start. I tried to write another fantasy epic series between 10-12, but my real moment came when I was in primary school and we were asked to write a poem. It was a pretty pathetic piece, in retrospect (I think it was about clouds?), but my teacher looked at it and referred me to another teacher for private sessions studying poetry and other classics. She introduced me to The Highwayman and the delusion that I was a talented writer, so from then on I decided to sell all my free time (and my soul) to chase this dream.
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