Hi, I'm Bex Drate
Updated: May 5
Welcome! Let's get to know each other just a bit! I'll explain why I write, what you can expect from me and my biggest writing fears.
Why I Write
I have been incredibly blessed, but like everyone, my life has seen some bumps. During those times that I just had to put my head down and gut it out, reading fiction provided so much relief. A safe space to rest, if only for a few hours, before picking up the battle again.
I've seen this with friends and family. The loss of a spouse. Mononucleosis. A new baby. An extended hospital stay. A bad break up. From a very early age, I've felt that there were stories stirring within me. But seeing how fiction can provide so much comfort for so many has pushed me to take a leap. To write "author" next to my name. To publish a blog.
"The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time." - Mary Oliver
What To Expect
I love science, history, video games and have a tendency to go deeeeeeeeep on Reddit. My Kindle is packed with non-fiction from the likes of Michio Kaku, Bill Bryson, Joseph Campbell, Gary Taubes and Jordan B. Peterson. I have been transported by fiction by Ransom Riggs, Kristin Cashore, Veronica Rossi, Terry Brooks, George R.R. Martin, Dan Brown and obviously, J.K. Rowling. I'm just as likely to be reading The Giver as a biography of Nikola Tesla. When I get my boys to bed and finally have control over the remote, you'll find me with a glass (a bottle?) of wine and and episode of Riverdale, Parts Unknown or Bob's Burgers.
This is all to say, my writing is going to be both high and low. A well researched science fiction tale with some carefully executed tropes. A rushing pace that slows only to focus on the specifics of robust characters and world building. Romance, adventure, mystery, futuristic schemes and moral counsel. All of that with the efficiency of a trained journalist turned marketer turned mom turned author.
How's that for a mission statement? No problem...
Am I Scared?
A little. But scared and excited are very near each other on the feelings wheel. It's somewhat terrifying to redefine yourself professionally. Or perhaps to refine yourself and bring out what you've always known is there. But I'm a strong believer in finding the thing that scares you and doing that thing. (Not sharks, though. Sharks should be left well alone.)
"Easy reading is damn hard writing." - Nathaniel Hawthorne
To be fair, I will probably suck at it. I'll have to work hard to get better. I hope this blog is a tool to get that feedback. I will almost certainly cringe looking back at this self important post declaring my new writing career.
But I plan to do it. One hundred thank yous for joining me.