Allow me to admit I have no idea whether I should write this in 1st or 3rd person.
(If you don’t know what 1st or 3rd person means, you might still like my website. Or me. So don’t give up now. Please.)
“Julie Gardner was a high school English teacher for sixteen years. Then her husband Bill got tired of hearing her complain that she wanted to be a writer so he let her take a leave of absence to put her money where her mouth is. Now she has no paycheck.”
See what I mean? 3rd person doesn’t read quite right. Bill sounds slightly harsh and Julie comes off the tiniest bit selfish and Bill is definitely not harsh.
“I love my wonderful husband and my two adorable children and therefore I devote all my free time away from the computer to meeting the needs of my family.”
This is even worse and I would expect some major eye-rolling for the 1st person insincerity. I do love Bill, Jack and Karly. But I’m not exactly running a full-service day spa for them around here. I do cater to our three dogs a lot. They are very cute.
Here’s the truth:
After a two-year leave of absence, Julie C. Gardner formally resigned from her teaching position in order to write and write (and write). This summer she signed a book contract with Velvet Morning Press to publish her first novel. She took a week off to celebrate then started writing and writing (and writing) some more.
Besides Letters for Scarlet, I have completed a second women’s fiction manuscript as well as a memoir of my midlife marathon and a YA novel. I am also co-author of You Have Lipstick on your Teeth and my essay “Hourglass” will appear in the upcoming anthology I’m So Glad They Told Me, the third volume of the HerStories Project.
When she’s not busy spoiling her dogs, Julie C. Gardner spends time on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Sometimes she updates her website. Which I am now doing. Which you are now reading. That’s all you need to know about her. Or me. Or whatever.
If you have clicked on ABOUT to view a list of more specific facts about me, Julie C. Gardner, please don’t be disappointed. In fact feel free to contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and formalize your complaints so she can best address your needs.
You may as well know, I have a deep-seated need to please others in both the 3rd and 1st person. It would be devastating to have failed so early on in the Author Website process.
In other words, please hang in there with me. Or her.