“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is a question children are frequently asked. Author Dasha Tryon Wallace remembers exactly what she wanted to be: a librarian.
“I’ve always been a good reader,” Wallace said, “and I’ve been devouring books ever since I could read.”
The author remembers working in several libraries as a page.
“It was the best job I’ve ever had,” she said. “I’ve loved sharing my love for books with people and showing them new books they find they like, and just helping people in general.”
Her original goal for enrolling in the Rio Salado online education program, based in Tempe, Arizona, was to become a library technician. “But they got rid of my degree,” Wallace said, “so I found creative writing.”
It was in one of her writing classes that Wallace began working on her first novel, “Isabella and the Beast.”
“I needed a book to work on for writing a novel course, and ‘Isabella and the Beast’ was it,” she said.
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Wallace remembers learning two principles through Rio Salado, namely to write continuously and to reawaken his love for the craft.
“I also learned how to keep the mood of the scene and write movement during conversations,” Wallace said.
Another important principle Wallace learned was that of keeping an open mind. “I was born in Arizona,” she said, “but when I was 11, we moved to Omaha.” Only half of his family moved away. The four oldest children stayed.
The author remembers being around 13 when a new friend helped her discover her love of writing.
“It was summer and our mothers forced us together. We had nothing better to do and found a common love for reading,” she said.
Wallace also learned that her new friend belonged to a writers club, and she asked Wallace to join her in writing a book.
Besides writing stories, Wallace discovered a passion for poetry.
“We were doing our poetry section in English, and I was having so much fun with it that I would carry around a little notebook during church and write poems,” Wallace said.
It was during his years in Omaha that Wallace discovered another passion: martial arts.
“I found out that the YMCA offered a Tae Kwon Do class,” she said. “I loved it so much that I decided to continue after I graduated from high school and moved back to Arizona.”
It was in Arizona that Wallace earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
“I found out that my local community college also offered TKD classes,” Wallace said, “and I liked it so much I started taking classes there. But the college couldn’t have classes all year round, so I ended up following my teachers to their school and stayed there for several years.
It was also in Arizona that Wallace met her husband, Joshua, and gave birth to her son, Griffin. “Josh actually proposed to me behind a bookshelf!”
Although she loved Arizona, Wallace said she “felt” they needed to relocate.
“After talking to my sister, who lives in Scribner, we felt the Lord was telling us to move here,” Wallace said, referring to Fremont. “And we have never regretted the decision.”
The year 2020 has been a difficult time for the author and his family.
“Earlier this year I had a miscarriage and found out my dad had pancreatic cancer,” she said. “He ended up passing away on Christmas Eve 2020. But I know I will see them again and I have to keep moving.” to.”
It was in the pain of losing his father that Wallace found the incentive to publish his novel.
“I had written it all down and even researched my book to get it published,” she explained. “Then it all sort of happened.”
Before her father’s death, Wallace remembered family members coming to visit her.
“My dad always bragged about how I wrote a book and how disappointed he was that he didn’t get a chance to read it, so I sent it to him that day,” he said. she stated. “During his last days, he was saying how proud he was of me.
After her father’s death, Wallace had what she called a “strong impression” that if she didn’t send the book to a publishing company, she never would.
“In a way, I felt like I betrayed my dad’s hope in me,” Wallace said, “so I sent him. And now that’s history.”
The author is grateful to have a supportive family.
“They tell everyone about my book and are willing to come to my events,” she said. “My sister is a hairdresser at Scribner and she knows some of the small town librarians. They are always happy to buy my book and make sure I sign it.
When asked which authors she considers her inspiration, Wallace mentioned Brandon Sanderson.
“I had read one of his books and liked it, and found out he was teaching writing classes,” she added. “I found all of his lectures for free on YouTube, and they were the best lectures I’ve ever had.”
Wallace also found inspiration through the new author friends she made during the publishing process.
“They’ve been so supportive,” Wallace said. “A community of writers is amazing and helpful. It makes such a difference when you have someone supporting you.
Those interested in meeting and cheering on Dasha Tryon Wallace can do so when she appears at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25 at the Keene Memorial Library. She will talk about her novel “Isabelle and the Beast” and will also sign copies of the book.
For more information about the author and his other writing projects, visit his website, dasha wallace com.
On his Facebook page, Wallace included a quote: “You can never have a bad day, some days are better than others!”
“I heard this quote when I was a kid and I can’t remember who wrote it. But I think bad days don’t stay. You can pick yourself up and start a new day. There’s always a better day just around the corner.