Welcome to the writerly world of Kira D. McCullough.
When I was eight-years-old, my elementary school teacher showed a film in class that changed my life.
The movie was a documentary about an author who wrote best-selling books. At one point, the interviewer asked her questions about her daily life as a writer. What was the inspiration for her stories? Where did she most like to write? Were her characters based on real people?
I leaned forward at my desk, oblivious to everyone around me, my eyes focused on the face of the writer on the screen in front of me. Fascinated, I hung on every word of this woman who had so generously pulled back the curtain to reveal the hand behind the pen, the face behind the name, the motivation behind the story.
I remember thinking, “I want to grow up and be just like her.”
As an eight-year-old, I was young and dreamy. Too young to realize that becoming a published author isn’t easy. I grew up and discovered that writing takes a lot more than desire. It takes a modicum of aptitude and a dash of crazy…
A willingness to write millions of words that nobody will ever read, just to produce a few hundred they will…
Becoming a writer takes talent and true grit.
Becoming a published author takes rough drafts and crumpled paper.
Rejection letters and tears.
Yet the exhilaration of writing stories for YOU, the reader, is worth it all.
Thank you for reading my stories, essays, and interviews.
Thank you for joining me on my journey as a writer.
Here, you’ll find links to my published works (Barbecue Ribs & Hot Links)
Be inspired to become the writer you truly are (Odds & Ends)
Plunge into the heady waters of well-researched and thoughtful literary essays with footnotes (The Prosaic Pen)
Read fascinating interviews with innovative writers and literary geniuses (most of whom are underappreciated masters of their craft, and you need to put on your “favorites” list) (Sweet Tea on the Front Porch)
Enjoy witty word play and discover the meanings of phrases and sayings (A Good Word is Hard to Find)