Steven W. Booth
“I’m not much of a people person,” I said to my friend Harry Shannon sometime around 2005. At the time I was teaching high school classes in computers, science, and math. “I’m also not creative. I don't know why I think I can be a teacher. ” Harry, who is among other things a counselor and published author, looked at me for a long moment. Just when the silence was becoming unbearable, he said, “Bull$*, go write a novel.” I tried explaining to him why that was impossible, but he wasn’t listening to my excuses. “Come back and tell me you aren’t creative when your novel is done, ” he said.
So I sat down and wrote a novel. It wasn’t Hemingway, but it was complete. I went back to Harry and he asked me, “Do you still think you’re not creative?” The answer, I had to admit, was “No.” Then I asked Harry to write a short story with me. We submitted it to an anthology, and it was accepted as the first story in the book. It was so well received that Harry and I asked ourselves, “What happens next?” That led to a novel, then seven more. I have now completed over fifteen manuscripts, eight of which are published.
In late 2015, I started painting. It was just a few pieces as handmade gifts. Since that time, I’ve painted over 200 oils and acrylics, some of which have started winning awards. So much for not being creative.
I was inspired by just a few words from a friend—to tell stories, to create, to entertain, and to help other authors do the same. Those few words also led me to become a book designer and publisher. Being a published author has been a powerful experience. I’ve been a speaker, interviewed in the media, been on panels, and grown my business, and it’s all because a friend didn’t believe me when I said I couldn’t.
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