Today we’d like to introduce you to H R Conklin.
Thanks for sharing your story with us H R. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in the rural mountains of Northern California where my mother gardened and my father played the bagpipes, as well as spending long hours in the theater where my parents were a dancer and an actor, which undoubtedly led to my overactive imagination and love for nature. I started writing this novel because I always wanted to write a book. I had picked up Gail Carson Levine’s Writing Magic and right away she asks “Do you want to write a novel or have written a novel?” I realized it was the latter and put away the idea of writing. However, a few years later, I was struck with inspiration and wrote several chapters. My dad passed away from hepC and then I felt compelled to finish my novel in his memory and finally published The Trinity Knot in 2017. But, it had grown to become a four-book series in my mind and so I’ve just finished book 2 The Witch’s Knot and plan to self-publish in September 2018. I chose self-publishing because I’m not great at letting someone else make artistic decisions about my product, though I am good at listening to suggestions. So, I ask many friends to read and critique, I find editors, and I do my best to have a quality novel for people to read. In the future, I’ll try going through a publisher, for the experience. Probably, after I get my MFA in Creative Writing.
Has it been a smooth road?
If you have a book, a product, a dream in mind, there is no reason to not do it. You are your own roadblock to trying. Take the classes that will help you put forth your best effort. When I read my first version of my novel, I laugh. I had no idea what I was doing. I signed up for a year-long course at San Diego Writer’s Ink and my novel improved drastically. I also learned from the teachers there that our own learning and striving never stops, unless we give up. So, don’t give up. I remind myself that not everyone loves Star Wars or Harry Potter, so the only person I really have to impress is myself. I love my novel, and I’m very happy about that.
We’d love to hear more about Wild Rose Stories.
I’m actually a Kindergarten teacher at a Waldorf Public Charter School in La Mesa. I tell oral fairy tales, give puppet shows and makeup healing nature stories on the spur of the moment. Einstein said, “If you want children to learn, tell them fairy tales. If you want them to learn more, tell more fairytales.” I’m studying fairy tales in online courses and they go so much deeper than Disney gives them credit for. And having grown up on a homestead in the rural mountains of Nor Cal, I am passionate about caring for nature. Ultimately, I want Wild Rose Stories to be about offering inspiration to young people to care about nature. I think stories are the best way to share my passion.
We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
Don’t give up. You are your highest wall blocking your own way and you are your fastest train trip to your destiny. People who are successful have gone for it and don’t take no for an answer. Better to have tried and failed, than to have never tried. And failure only truly happens if you stop trying.
- $12.95 at Amethyst Moon and Mystik Isle in La Mesa
- $12.95 on Amazon
- $7.95 on Kindle
- Website: https://wildrosestories.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/wildrosestoriesandtales
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/wildrosestories/?ref=bookmarks
- Twitter: Twitter.com/wildrosestories
Lisa Slater for Chapman’s Bookery in Ferndale, CA, The Witch’s Knot photo is the prototype image for the cover of book 2