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Please welcome Jan Surasky, author of Rage Against the Dying Light, as she talks about her life before she became a published author.

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by Jan Surasky

Thank you for inviting me to your blog. My life before becoming a published author was interesting, at least to me, since that is what sets the scene for writing a book, especially fiction.

From my first memories, at least from third grade, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I imagined a book in my head if the walls of the house my family was living in could talk. I was certain they would say something that no one else would ever have heard. My third grade thinking did not include the idea of universality.

But, I’m sure it was the librarian who spoke to my first grade class when we visited the local library to learn how to take out books who gave me my start in being in awe of what books could do. That wonderful librarian said that books are our friends and we must take care of them properly. Hearing that books could be my friends I was a regular visitor to that library and spent many of my grade school years bringing home the most wonderful books. I lived from cover to cover and that took me away temporarily from my childhood problems. I also thought there could be a life that included the world of Little Women, The Secret Garden, and one where handsome princes slayed dragons and rescued beautiful maidens and princesses. I still do, at least the grown-up equivalent.

However, the practical side of becoming a published author was much different. I had my share of menial jobs though high school and through college. I finished college with the idea of leaving home on the east coast and going to San Francisco (without a job) and getting a newspaper job. Not so fast. After a few months of yet more menial jobs I landed a job on a daily newspaper not writing but answering phones in the circulation department. Close. More twists of fate took me to a job in the editorial department, still menial (editing the movie log, etc.) but eventually to reviewing movies and books and a variety of entertainment writing.

From there I eventually returned back east, settled down to raise a family, free-lanced for national magazines and newspapers, writing some fiction, mostly non-fiction, mostly profiles about people. I also taught writing at area colleges and a great literary center. But, always in my mind was the idea of putting fiction into a book and so I did. I have finished a second novel which will be launched next year and I am working on a third.

I am gratified that I can have the type of communication through books that gave me so much pleasure as a child and even later on, only now it is in reverse. Books can move people, inspire people, change people’s lives, and even impact whole societies and change the world. They are certainly worth spending an afternoon with.a Rafflecopter giveaway