When I asked what you'd like to see more of on my blog, one of the suggestions made by a reader was getting to know more about me. So, a bit of a self-indulgent post today, but a fun one.
Here's a bunch of trivia-like "firsts" for Kylie Griffin...
FIRST STORY I WROTE...was a rip off of Star Wars. I was a Jedi Knight and I managed to kill Darth Vader. My fifth grade teacher suggested I come up with my own characters instead of using ones we already knew (aka plagarising George Lucas' brilliance!!!). Guess we had to all start somewhere - LOL.
FIRST ROMANCE - I was in Year 6 at school, his name was Glen, he had blond curls, could draw great cartoon characters, and we caught the same bus home. We used to sit a seat behind or in front of each other (never together!), and just before I reached my stop (my stop came first), one of us would slip a love letter to the other between the wall and seat (so others couldn't see). Awwwwww!!!
FIRST DATE...was a disaster. I think I was in about Year 8 at high school (he was a year older). He asked me out on the weekend for a swim at the local pool. I hated the idea (because I had a pair of ratty, old swimmers) but said yes anyway and then spent the entire two hours wrapped in a towel sitting under a tree with him trying to convince me to go for a swim and I wouldn't because there was no way he was seeing those swimmers!
FIRST CRUSH/REAL PERSON (as a teen)...in high school I played a lot of sport and my favorite was basketball. Terry was tall, lanky and about 4 years older than me but I had the biggest case of admiring him (usually from afar). No one ever knew I liked him (until my sister read my diary one weekend while I was away at a sleepover) - he was my first secret crush.
FIRST MUSIC ALBUM...I bought "Women of Rock" because it had my favorite song on it in 1982 - "I Love Rock 'n Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (no comments on how hold that makes me, OK?!?!) - the album came on tape and I bought it from music store at the aqua-jet Coffs Harbour mall complex.
FIRST THRILL SEEKING MOMENT...I was 22 when I tandem sky-dived over Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown (New Zealand). I've always wanted to fly - like Peter Pan - and this was as close as I was going to get to doing this. After the jump I spent the next four days on a natural high. Doubt I'll ever do it again though.
FIRST ROMANCE BOOK...I was in college before I discovered the romance genre. Searching the SF/F section of the local second hand bookstore I came across FANTA C by Sandra Brown. Wasn't long before I was hooked - Sandra Brown, Iris Johansen, Joan Elliot Pickard, Cait London, BJ James, Rebecca York...
FIRST WRITING CONTEST...I entered the Romance Writers of Australia Emma Darcy Award in 2002 - and won it! I look back at that manuscript and just cringe now - I'm so glad I've improved since then.
FIRST TATTOO...Some people buy jewellery or a bottle of champagne for achieving a writing milestone, I decided to get a dragon etched onto my forearm. A tattoo was something I'd always wanted to get but only if I managed to snaffle that elusive book contract.
And that brings me to my...
FIRST BOOK SALE....VENGEANCE BORN, sold October 16th, 2010 to Leis Pederson of Berkley.
So, what's one of your firsts?