Fall Into a Book by a Dyslexic Author

I believe it was J.K. Rowling who once said, "If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book." No truer words have been spoken. "I don't like to read." Those words used to pass my lips often. 

It wasn't until my freshman year in College at the University of Oregon that I was diagnosed with dyslexia. For years, I couldn't understand why I struggled so much with reading... novels, textbooks, and even cook books. Once I knew the problem, a switch turned on and I was able to compensate. I still didn't read - and I was a journalism major! I just took extra time to speak with my professors and fellow classmates. Understanding the material by conversation alone was a challenge, but doable. 

As I got older and became an adult, wife and mother, I began to see that practice helped. I was processing written words much faster, but still hadn't found a subject I was interested enough in to sit down and spend time reading. I was patient with myself. I found books to pick up and couldn't find the will or inspiration to finish them. I even picked up books that I forced myself to finish - those were painful. I still felt like I didn't like to read. It wasn't until my husband and I decided to rent a movie everyone was talking about: Fifty Shades of Grey. To be honest, I didn't think the movie was great, but there was something about the relationship between the two main characters that I had to know more about. The ending was so abrupt that I felt angry that I didn't know what happened to them. So, I picked up the books. I loved the drama and love story -- and the sex scenes certainly helped keep my attention. I found what I was looking for. I was hooked on contemporary romance and new adult romance.

I had no idea this genre even existed. I wasn't searching for it because I didn't know what I was looking for. Now, I can't be stopped. I pick up novel after novel. I read so much and so constantly. I began reading faster and faster. I started to feel like my dyslexia was gone - it's not -- it's still very much there. But, it wasn't keeping me from my new favorite past time.

As I read more and more books, my imagination started going wild, thinking up plots and stories of my own. So many of the strong main male characters reminded me of my husband and the epic romances reminded me of my relationship with him. I felt like I wanted to share that myself somehow.  That's when I sat down and wrote the rough draft for Angles - Part I. The story changed several times and with each editor and beta reader, something was added or taken away. It took on a life of its own and became something I'm very proud of. The first of many books I plan to be proud of. 

I've come a long way. I find myself often saying, "I love to read!" My first novel is scheduled to be released later this fall (November 3rd), and I'm already a success story. 

So, as the weather turns cooler this fall, throw on a sweater, find a peaceful place, and fall into a good book - one that you really love. 

Erin Lockwood