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Why I Write Speculative Fiction

Why I Write Speculative Fiction May 19, 2017Leave a comment

Tonya R. Moore is a Jamaican writer of speculative fiction–short stories, web serials, and novelettes. Currently living in Florida, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English with a concentration in Fiction.

I was a story lover long before I developed any notion that I might want to write.

Writers like Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Anne Mccaffrey, Larry Niven, Gene Roddenberry, and Frank Herbert were the first storytellers to really stir my imagination when I was a child.

Once I started writing, it was only natural for me to gravitate toward the genres I loved to read so much.

As a kid, I would watch re-runs of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Star Trek with my eyes practically glued to the television screen.

In an old post titled The Quiet One, I wrote about sitting on my uncle’s verandah as a kid, watching Star Trek through the living room’s glass paned window.

“I was somewhere between eight and ten years old, that day I first fell truly, madly, and deeply in love with sci-fi.”

Several years ago, I decided that I wanted to do more than just write stories and store them on a disk or stuff notebooks full of them into a box somewhere. I joined a number of online writing communities, and even created my own–all in the interest of sharing stories and ideas with other people who like to write and those who love to read great stories as much as I do.

Now I’m committed to pursuing my dream of writing for a living. I want to accomplish that by writing what I’ve always loved.

Ray Bradbury is my favorite author of all time and I’ve taken these words of his to heart:

“Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.”

 

Tonya R. Moore is a Jamaican writer of speculative fiction–short stories, web serials, and novelettes. Currently living in Florida, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English with a concentration in Fiction.

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