How I went from Chef to Author

Everyone who writes a book started out as something else, Louis L’Amour had many jobs, ranch hand, boxer, screenwriter, JRR Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were Academics and Contemporaries, Ernest Hemingway a soldier, as well as Ian Fleming. All of them had something in common, the desire to tell a story, to spin a yard, to excite someone else’s imagination through the written word. All authors hope that what they write will inspire someone’s imagination.

I was working and suffered a back and shoulder injury that effectively ended my career as a chef. but that was just the beginning of the process of the journey that would take me to the place I needed to be at to begin writing. ones I had become disabled, I started reading a lot again. I had read every John Carter of Mars story, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Dragon Riders of Pern, The Eldest Cycle, and others.

I was able to return to work in a limited capacity and was working at a Rescue Mission as part of the paid staff providing overnight shelter for homeless men. I was setting alarms on one of the buildings and through an accident, got knocked off a set of steps backwards. When I landed on the concrete, I ruptured a disk in my lower back and had to have emergency surgery to keep from losing the use of my left leg. The surgery left me in a lot of pain, and then after about six months, it finally failed and the latter condition was worse than the prior condition.

After 6 years of pain, suffering I was sitting in a chair in my living room, and decided to get on the laptop and write, at first I wasn’t even sure what to write, and then a story formed in my head, I wrote it down, and then started doing some real research into what interested me, and started the book, The Guardians of Embrellon, now its ten books later and still writing.

All you need is an Idea, and then let the creative juices flow. Do you want to be an author, simply start writing, and remember, read often, read a lot, and always, do research for your stories.

Happy Writing!!!!!

John R Moore



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