My name is Lacy Hess, and I am on a journey to fulfill a life-long dream of being a published author. Ever since I began learning to read at the age of 6, I knew that I wanted to create my own stories that would, one day, give someone else the same sense of wonder I felt every time I turned the pages of a new book. It was the kind of “knowing” that came from deep in my core and I swore to myself that I would have books with my own name on my shelf when I grew up.
I conceived the idea for my debut novel when I was 13 years old (though I’d been writing short stories for years at that point) after being inspired by the Lord of the Rings movies and subsequent reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy series. I worked on the idea many times over the years, but things always “seemed to get in the way” of writing and I had numerous computer crashes where I lost months worth of work. Eventually, my writing took a backseat to the rest of life.
In December of 2017, I came across a YouTube video by Jenna Moreci and her pull-no-punches writing advice inspired me to push through the obstacles and take another look at the pieces I’d saved. With further advice and motivation from the rest of the AuthorTube community on YouTube, I’ve been diligently chipping away at my manuscript every chance I get and I’m so excited to see my vision finally taking real shape.
I had originally intended to be published by July of 2020, but the pandemic situation threw another wrench into my plans and I (unwillingly) had to set my work aside many times through the summer of 2021. I did participate in NaNoWriMo and Camp Nano, but I wasn’t able to do much else during those 15 months because of all the adjustments and compromises that came from businesses and schools closing down. Now, with new habits built, and my home being more conducive to writing, I hope to publish the first book of my debut series sometime in 2024.
Thank you for your interest in my journey and/or my future books! I hope that you’ll take a moment to check out my website and, perhaps, join me on social media. I’m most active on Instagram and I’d love it if you left a comment on how you discovered me and my website!
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