About The Writer

I know that all of these "About" pages are boring. In fact, I seldom read them myself. But I feel like I need to explain the origin of this blog and the person behind it, so here we go.

My name is, in fact, Patricia Perez and I am from a tiny island in the Caribbean named Puerto Rico. I speak both Spanish and English fluently. Oh, and I'm sixteen.

I didn't know I wanted to write unitl I was 12 years old. I used to take an English Lab class in elementary school and what we did then was write short stories using 12 vocabulary words.

We used to read the stories aloud in front of out classmates and I loved to do that. More than that, I knew I was good. So when I stood up in front of everybody and read, they always complimented me.

No, I'm not trying to brag.

Okay, maybe a little.

But then, the dream of becoming a writer was unimaginable. Writers were untouchable people who did not live in this planet. They were invisible and surely, they could write a single book in a day.

Enter J.K. Rowling. I read Harry Potter and I was so fascinated with it that I thought, "Hey! J.K. Rowling is actually a person who sat and wrote a book. Maybe I can do that!"

My first attempts on writing a book were a failure. I used to basically plagarize Nancy Drew and just change the names. I also tried to write a story about a boy wizard who lived with his uncle, sound familiar?

Well, I didn't know what plagarism was, okay? So instead, I read. I read tons of books and I read books about writing. Finally, I learned that everything needed to come from my mind. And that was okay since I was always full of ideas.

So, that year, 2008, I ventured to write my first NaNo novel. The result? Utter failure. I did finish my words and at the moment, I was so proud of it. It was the best writing I had ever done. I started editing it and then I realized:

This sucks.

So I left it as is, somewhere in my hardrive it is gathering dust.

I then started a new novel which would be called THE BOY NEXT DOOR. This one was my BEST writing to date. I was so proud and I cried when I finished it. And then, the same thing happened again: I edited and I gave it for my dad to read (He said it was amazingly funny) and I realized:

This sucks.

Doesn't matter, though. Because that summer (2009) I went to writing camp in NYC which was and is the best experience that I've ever had. I learned so much and by the time I got back, not only did my writing change, but who I was changed, too.

I wrote my BEST novel to date that NaNoWriMo which is called PAPER ANGELS and you can read about it right in this blog. I've just finished editing it for a second time and I'm going to send it off to my beta for proofreading and review. My goal? Get it published. My smaller goal? Query agents and send it off by the end of the year.

This, my friends, is my journey.