Daily Prompt: Dreams and Maple Trees

When I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer.  I was in the early stages of my addiction to the Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators series, but I already knew that I wanted to someday join the ranks of M.V Carey, William Arden, and the fabulous Robert Arthur. Oh, I read The Hardy boys, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and others as well, but it was the Three Investigators that really grabbed me.

My plan was to write the further adventures of Jupiter, Bob and Pete for a few years before creating my own series of juvenile detective novels.  My series was going to include girls and boys, to appeal to readers of both genders.

Over the years, the dream never really died; it just sort of went on the back burner.  There was college, when I decided to major in Education because I wanted something to “fall back on” if a writing career never took off.  Then there was business school when I couldn’t finish college after Mom died, followed by Cosmetology school when I realized that I was the world’s worst secretary.

I kept writing when I had the time or when a story idea hit me, but I just never seemed to finish anything.  I got married, had kids, saw my beloved Three Investigators series come to a close.  I thought that maybe, someday, when the kids were grown and life slowed down, I might actually write my book.

Apparently I needed something to remind me to pay more attention to my dream, and that reminder came in the form of a maple tree falling on my car on a stormy June night two years ago.  When I came home from the hospital, unsure of just how much mobility I was going to get back, my big sister gave me a Netbook.

“Maybe this is the universe’s way of telling you to sit down and finally write that book,” she told me.

And that’s where I am today.  My focus is more on writing Romance than on mysteries, but I am writing every day.  My novel, “Her House Divided” is nearly finished, and I have an opportunity to send it to an agent when it’s done.

It took forty years, a random maple tree, and a broken neck, but I am finally what I wanted to be:  a Writer.

And the Three Investigators?  Well, the series is long gone, but we fans still have each other, and I get to post my Three Investigators fanfiction on the Three Investigtors U.S. Editions Collectors Site.

That’s closer than some people get to realizing their dreams.

I just wish the universe didn’t have to drop a tree on my head  to get me here.


Author: A.J. Goode

I am a romance novelist, single mother of three, and a high school lunchlady. To be completely honest, I have no idea which of those jobs is the most rewarding and which is the biggest challenge. I love them all. I write romance novels about the kind of people who might pass me on the street every day. My characters are often hurting in some way, and need to learn to trust others in order to heal themselves. I also blog about trying to focus on writing, and about my day-to-day experiences in small-town America. I write about life. The good, the bad, and the just plain odd.

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