Let’s begin at the beginning

Edited 2/14/19: A beginning to me is the best part of any story.  It sets us up, hooks us, makes us care about our character, and sets the tone for the entire story.  My life may not be as interesting as an adventurous character in a novel, but knowing a bit about where I come from, can give you great insight into me as an author.

“Beginnings are always messy.” – John Galsworthy

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I grew up in a fairly well off town in California.  I was adopted at birth and while I had an open adoption, I never really knew my birth mother, and the older I get, the more grateful for that I become.  I was raised by two doctors who were top in their fields, and there was quite a bit of pressure on me to be smart and perfect.  My older adopted brother had some troubles, and I grew up watching mental illness and addiction slowly destroy my family.  The good news is, he is doing AMAZING now.  But that impacted me in such a way that as an adult, I have in the past worked with teenage boys on Parole and Probation with drug and alcohol problems, who are just like my brother was.  It was exhausting, but rewarding and I enjoyed when I did it. I have since moved on to a less exhausting job that allows me plenty of time to write and honestly, I am so much happier.

I had the unfortunate genetics to gain lots of weight very easily, and in a family so devoted to exercise and eating healthy, it was frowned upon. So I became very involved in sports and did some unhealthy things in order to stay on the thinner side until I was in college. Then PCOS hit and I have not been the same since. College at the University of Oregon was an ordeal to say the least.  I was not good at college, although I adored learning.  I struggled, and barely passed with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology.  I then wandered a bit aimlessly after I had my heart broken, and soon landed back at the University of Oregon getting a second degree in Sociology.  Not long later, I began working in my current field, and found the love of my life.

I am a survivor of many types of abuse. I am passionate about support for survivors.  I am an advocate.  I am a drug and alcohol counselor. I am passionate. I am a tea drinker. I am a dog mom and a cat mom. I am a wife. I am creative. I am a daughter and a sister and a best friend. I am a woman. I am a tomboy. I am a nerd.  I am a lover of animals.  I am a lover of the outdoors. I am a binge watcher.  I am a believer in the paranormal and Bigfoot.  I am a singer.  I am a musician. I am a sleeper and a napper.  I am a zombie movie lover.  I am a bit too obsessed with the apocalypse.  I am a writer.  I am a reader. I am a lover of learning.  I am a swimmer.  I am a soccer and water polo player.  I am a dreamer.  I am me.

I live near Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our zoo of animals.  We have a tuxedo kitty named Ollie, a grey fluffball named Princess, a black cat named Nox, and a brown and white tabby named Odin.  We have two dogs.  One is a little Pitsky named Zoe, and the other is a German Shepard mix named Freya.  We also have over 100 gallons of fish tanks filled with all manner of freshwater fish and shrimp.  We love to spend time with our dogs, go to the lake or the coast, eat out at new restaurants, explore Oregon, and read/write together.  My partner also writes so you may see a blog post or two about him as well.

I have always been a story teller and a writer.  I can remember back when I was about 8 years old and I would sit and write stories and poems.  I wrote poetry, songs, and stories into my teens.  I always wanted to be a writer, but never felt like it was a viable career option. I took creative writing in college and loved it.  And years later, I discovered NaNoWriMo and began really writing; although it took me a few years to really get into the routine and get reacquainted with writing.  And about five years ago, something clicked, and I realized, writing was my passion, and my life.  I needed to write like I needed food and water and air to live.  It grew and grew until I didn’t feel right unless I had put some words to paper every day.

I have written three full books, and written parts and pieces of many more.  One is in the rewriting and editing stages, and once that is done, I will work on the second and finish the third.  I write and read primarily fantasy, but some adventure/apocalyptic/horror/dystopian and some sci fi.

I am planning on my debut book to be Secrets & Swords, a fantasy story about a woman overcoming her own trauma and fears to rescue her father and take down a notorious cult.

I am slowly building up my writer/author platform and I hope that you all can help support me by liking my Facebook page, my instagram, my Twitter, and my Pinterest.  Just search for the links below.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/R.A.LewisAuthor

Twitter: @RALewis10

Instagram: @author.r.a.lewis

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorralewis/

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