The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith (Author)
GUEST POST: My Inspiration to Write
All of this started about ten years ago. There was no indication that books were headed my way. There were no thoughts in my head that I might want to be an author, although I had always loved to write when I was in high school, but most of that was poetry. A large black spider started the whole thing.
One night, when I couldn’t sleep, I got up to get a drink of water. I noticed a large spider on the wall. Being afraid of spiders, I went to smoosh the spider with a shoe, but he fell down onto our dark blue rug. I could not find him, and was horrified that he was walking around somewhere where I could not see him. I sat up for a little bit, but decided to go to bed, because I kept looking and wondering where the spider was. I went to bed and fell asleep. Shortly after, I woke up with all of these words running through my mind, like a ticker tape. I shrugged it off, and went back to sleep. Again, I woke up with all of these words running through my mind. I couldn’t quite understand what they were, but they did involve a spider. I got up and grabbed a piece of paper, writing every word down. I went back to bed, fell asleep for a short while, but then I woke up. Another set of words was running through my mind. Persistent, different words. Once again, I got up, wrote the words down, and then proceeded to go back to sleep.
This happened two or three times throughout the night, until morning came. When morning came, I sat down, looked at all of the words that I had written down. I said to my husband, “I think I have words to write a children’s story.” After that came many, many words, and eventually I started to get the words for The Pumpkin Patch.
I was bombarded with words and phrases, all mixed up and disorganized, and I had to, somehow, put them into a recognizable and understandable content. Once the words started coming in for the story, I was hooked on writing a novel. The depth of the characters and the challenge of how to put it all together was enjoyable, but then very rewarding when it was finished.
That large, black spider started it all. He was the one that inspired me to start writing, and, because I don’t like spiders, I have to put some blame on him somehow, he is responsible for the words running through my mind constantly, the hours and hours of very little sleep (nine years, at least), and the headaches. But, now that it is said and done, I am very grateful to that spider (although, I still don’t know where he is to this day), and so enjoyed all of the writing he inspired.
Meet the Author:
Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.
Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.
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