HOW I GOT STARTED WRITING

It’s a question I get asked a lot, and it’s a big reason why I’m so passionate about helping women pursue their dreams, push past obstacles and take little steps, too. :)

I sat there at a conference listening to the speaker (who was an author) share a story about a woman who had come up to her and told her she wished she could be a writer like she was. When I heard that, my heart stirred. Because I wanted to be a writer, too. In elementary school, I wrote stories that got published in an anthology my school district printed, and in high school I loved writing essays and papers. So how was it that years later, sitting at that conference, I found myself so far away from writing? I dreamed of becoming an author, but that dream had been put up on a shelf… and seemed so far off.

As the speaker talked about the woman who dreamed the same thing, I sat on the edge of my seat. And when she shared her response, it struck me…

“Just start,” she said. “Whether it’s five minutes a day, or ten. Just start writing. And then you are a writer.”

It was one of the most freeing things I’d heard. I didn’t have to long to write, or just dream of it. I didn’t have to imagine what it would be like or worry that I’d already missed my chance…

All I had to do was start. So I did. Sometimes I wrote ten minutes a day because that’s all I had. And some days I wrote more. It wasn’t easy, believe me, but nothing worthwhile is. But years later, after many rejection letters and after signing my first book contracts, I’m more thankful than ever that I didn’t let that dream pass me by. And that I didn’t give up.

Becoming an author didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen – little step by little step. Which is one of the reasons I’m so passionate about helping women pursue their dreams, too. Because there’s nothing quite like following that tug on your heart, believing in yourself, finding your true voice and stepping into your purpose. 

BOOK SIGNINGS, TV APPEARANCES & FUN

BOOKS FOR KIDS

Genny Heikka Children's BookPapa, Let’s Play!
Author: Genny Heikka
Illustrator: Kim Youngsu
Publisher: Tuntun Books, Korea
More Info: Tun Tun
View Larger

Genny Heikka Children's BooksWhere’s the Mouse?
Author: Genny Heikka
Illustrator: Kim Sunkyong
Publisher: Tuntun Books, Korea
See the illustrator & book, more info Tun Tun
View Larger

Genny Heikka Children's bookFind the Sea Animals
Author: Genny Heikka
Illustrator: Lee Jeho
Publisher: Tuntun Books, Korea
More Info: Tun Tun
View Larger

 

Genny Heikka Children's BookI Brush My Teeth
Author: Genny Heikka
Illustrator: Han Yu-min
Publisher: Tuntun Books, Korea
See the illustrator & book, more info Tun Tun
View Larger

Genny Heikka Children's BooksBirthdays Around the World
Author: Genny Heikka
Illustrator: Kim Sanghee
Publisher: Tuntun Books, Korea
More Info: Tun Tun
View Larger

Goodnight!
Author: Genny Heikka
Illustrator: An Eun-jin
Publisher: Tuntun Books, Korea
More Info: Tun Tun
View Larger

BOOKS FOR WOMEN

Genny Heikka Parenting BookFinding Mommy Bliss
Publisher: Hallway Publishing
Learn more: findingmommybliss.com   
“Sure to give an emotional boost to mothers everywhere.” – San Francisco Book Review 
Purchase: Barnes & Noble, Amazon
Download Genny’s book’s Press Release:  Helping moms be their best

Genny Heikka parenting bookFinding Mommy Bliss – Snippet
Book trailer: watch here
Companion piece to Finding Mommy Bliss
with additional audio/video features.
Purchase via Snippet App anditunes

View Larger

 

Genny Heikka bookKirtsy Takes a Bow

A Celebration of Women’s Favorites Online
Contributed: “A Man Named Ted”
Publisher: Bright Sky Press
Purchase: Amazon
View Larger

 

Little Bits & Pieces of Happiness
Publisher: Snippet
Purchase via Snippet App and itunes

View Larger

Released
30 Days to Stand for Freedom
Contributed: “What Every Child Deserves”
Purchase: Released – 30 Days to Stand for Freedom (Free)

 

Facing Our Fears
31 Stories from M.O.M
Contributed:
“On Being a Scared Mom,” and, “Me?” Purchase: TheMomInitative.com  

 

Overwhelmed
31 Stories from M.O.M
Contributed: “The View From the Rock Wall,” and, “Be Joyful, Always” Purchase: Amazon

Getting it Together
31 Days to a More Together You
Contributed: “Just Love Them”
Purchase: TheMomInitative.coGetting it Together
31 Days to a More Together You
Contributed: “Just Love Them”
Purchase:
TheMomInitative.com

AWARDS

Published Books:

Coming Soon:
A Trip to the Supermarket, Unibooks, Korea, 2011.
Find the Sea Animals, Unibooks,Korea, 2011.
Guess What It Is, Unibooks, Korea, 2011.
Brush My Teeth, Unibooks, Korea, 2011.

A Man Named Ted,” published in a book of collective work titled Kirtsy Takes a Bow: A Celebration of Women’s Favorites Online, Bright Sky Press, 2009:
Books in Progress:

Middle-grade novel, Give and Take – a story about loss and gain and finding happiness in the middle of both. This manuscript won Honorable Mention in the SCBWI Sue Alexander Awards. I am currently seeking representation for this work.

Young adult novel, Journal of a Skinny Girl – a story about one girl’s struggle with an eating disorder and the power of secrets.

Non-fiction parenting book – Laugh a Little, Cry a Little, Love a Lot – Three Surprisingly Simple Steps to Mommy-Bliss.

Awards:

Middle grade novel, Give and Take, Honorable Mention in the 2009 SCBWI Sue Alexander Awards, Honorable Mention in the California Focus on Writers Contest, and Honorable Mention in the Smartwriters.com WIN Contest.

Picture book, Feathers and Fur, Sticky-Stuck, Greasy Grimy, 1st Place, California Focus on Writers Contest.

To find out more about my writings, visit my website at www.gennyheikka.com.