Are authors born with the gift of writing?

A guest post from author Tamara Grantham, of Dreamthief:


When I was asked to write an article about my books, I wanted to write something inspirational, but I also wanted to tackle a topic that I had been mulling over for some time. As a child, I believed writers were somehow born that way. They were born with the innate talent to write, and only they had the ability finish a novel. I also believed I wasn’t one of them.

It took years for me to realize this wasn’t true. I don’t remember what the defining moment was, but at some point, it struck me that writers weren’t born, they didn’t magically have a talent no one else had. Writers were made through hard work.

During the course of writing my article, I had the hope of getting this point across, so that others who wanted to write a book wouldn’t be bogged down by the notion of being a “chosen writer.”

It was nice piece that I hoped would help to inspire someone. I wasn’t expecting it to inspire me.

Fast forward several months later, and I had forgotten what I’d written. When the magazine came out this month and I re-read the article, it struck me. My life right now has been in turmoil. I broke my foot badly last month, and after an extensive surgery, doing the little things in life like showering and cooking became monumental tasks–never mind writing. Even though I was still writing a little every day, I was quickly becoming discouraged. I wasn’t sure writing was for me anymore. Then, I read that article I’d written months ago, and it reminded me of everything I love. I love writing because it transports me to another world. I love writing because it makes me understand characters, and consequently people, in ways I had never considered. I love writing because it brings me closer to understanding my own self. I could go on, but the truth is, I love to write because it makes me free. While I’m writing, the pain of a broken foot disappears, if only for a moment.

I still have my hard days, but now, as I am about to reach a new milestone: finishing my tenth book, I will do it with a new perspective. I’ve learned not to take anything for granted. Even writing.

To read the full article, check out the scanned pages below: 

Tamara Grantham Article


Tamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than half a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon in both the Mythology and Fairy Tales categories with over 100 reviews.

Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has been a featured speaker at the Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series.

Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking nature walks, which fuel her inspiration for creating fantastical worlds, and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made. You can find her online at

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