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When I was eleven my grandmother gave me a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was so absorbed in it that I read throughout lunch and ignored my poor grandmother.
From that point on, I knew I wanted to be a writer; I wanted to create elaborate worlds and transport people to them just like J. K. Rowling had transported me. I just didn’t think I had a whole book in me. It wasn’t until my first year of college that I sat down to try to find out. During that year, I was so unhappy—I was at the wrong school and in the wrong major, and the only thing I looked forward to every day was the chance to work on my book.
Fast forward seven years and four published books, and writing is still my safe haven—writing has the power to transport me. The Darkest Corners transported me to a place where I spent a lot of time growing up—the backwoods of Pennsylvania. As a kid, I would sleep in the sunroom in my parents’ friends’ cabin, listening to the sounds of the night and wondering what was really out there in the woods.
For me, writing involves fear—not only do I write about things that scare me, but much of my process is about staring down the fear of a blank page. I like to think of getting the words out as an act of bravery, of conquering that voice that tells me I don’t have a whole book in me.
Because it turns out I did—and my grandmother forgives me for ignoring her at lunch that day.
Kara Thomas is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS. She’s a True Crime addict who lives on Long Island with her husband and rescue cat. Check out more at https://kara-thomas.com.