By Laura Drake
I’m probably the poster child for the “Write what you know” side of the throwdown.
Why? I’ll out myself at the end of this post. Let me answer the easy one first.
For the last ten years I’ve had an obsession (yeah, another one.) Pro Bull Riding. I never miss it on TV, and when it’s not televised, I’ve been known to sit on Twitter for hours, waiting for people at the event to Tweet the rider’s scores. I’ve attended all local events, and been to the finals in Vegas twice — once in a cast and a wheelchair because I broke my leg.
No way I was going to miss it.
I’ve written and sold three books, all set in the world of Pro Bull Riding. Did I do it because I knew it, or because I love it? Probably both.
I now own two and have logged 100,000 miles of my own.
I wrote a novel about a girl who rides across the country on her motorcycle.
Okay, now the embarrassing part — Why do I write what I know?
The same reason I could never be a teacher. And why the mere thought of writing Historical novels makes me break out in a sweat. I have this secret fear that someone is going to discover that I don’t know what I’m talking about. They’re going to point at me, out me as a poser, and prove that I’m a fraud.
If I teach a class, you can be sure I know a LOT about the subject, because I live in fear of someone raising their hand and asking a question I can’t answer. I know it’s dumb. I don’t expect a teacher to know everything. I don’t expect any expert to know everything.
I don’t get it ether, but there it is.
So, here’s where it gets fun — we love to see which side of the throwdown you’re on, and why. Do tell!