Once upon a time, Kira Marie McCullough traveled to magical lands.
She fought desperate battles and destroyed evil creatures.
She met Kings and Queens…fled from serpents and ogres…and listened to the tales of talking trees.
And she did it all while sitting down.
She has always been a lover of books, spending many childhood summers reading in the backyard of her Ohio home. Books were her companion on long family trips and her solace on cold winter nights.
At the age of eight, she began spinning her own stories, which she scribbled with number 2 pencils in Big Chief notebooks (until she learned to use the electric typewriter).
She had a lively hope of becoming a fiction writer.
Then, she grew up.
Everyone told her to put her dream on hold, because (after all) she had to make a living.
She went away to college, got married, and became a professional writer (which is very different from being a fiction writer).
Her many jobs throughout the years have included radio news director, freelance copywriter, newspaper journalist, communications director, and magazine editor.
She tried to fit into the square box of adulthood, but the edges were annoying.
There was no place to put the messy, disorganized, creative part of her personality. And no time for writing stories.
She thought she might live in the box forever.
It was her three children who helped her escape from the box.
It began with reading stories together at the kitchen table.
They laughed at the humorous tales of James Herriot’s true-life adventures as a country doctor in All Things Bright and Beautiful.
While reading The Long Winter, they felt sympathy for Laura, who woke up to a dusting of snow on the bedcovers and dark days of braiding hay for fuel sticks.
Bedtime stories included The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis; they would fall asleep wistfully longing to find the secret passage to Narnia and sip tea with Tumnus.
Today, her children have flown away from home on the wings of their own dreams.
Kira Marie McCullough still works as a professional writer; but she never lost her passion for writing stories. With the computer, a cup of coffee, and her “writing cat,” Kolbe, curled up beside her, she is pursuing her own dream of becoming an Author for the Young at Heart.
You’ll find her latest creative concoctions here, on this website.
Kira Marie McCullough ©April 21, 2019