While staring at a blank page on my laptop, the cursor continues to blink as I whisper to myself, “Erin, what are you waiting for? What’s the big deal? Just type already!” Writing my author bio should not be a difficult task. It’s just a few lines about myself. How hard can it be?
What makes me uneasy about this process is knowing the significance of life summed up in a few short lines stating credentials, awards, and achievements. All the while, we ignore the personal and real-life details of someone. I could tell you the top-line information about me. That’s the easy part. I grew up an aspiring ballerina, an Advertising/Public Relations major, an MBA achiever, a marketing executive, and now a children’s author. I have always operated in a world of creativity, ambition, and focus. I currently live in Scottsdale, Arizona, with my husband and two boys. We also have one sweet “pup pup,” Wiley.
But that doesn't give you much insight into me. That doesn't tell you that I broke my back at the young age of 22 and was half an inch away from being paralyzed. You probably didn’t know I spent a summer working as a lifeguard at the coolest water park, and for absolutely no reason at all, my kids endearingly have nicknamed me “Ernie.” See what I mean?
So, with that in mind, here is my bio — sort of.
TWENTY-FIVE THINGS YOU
DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
My wish for all children; To understand the strength that can be found in self-confidence. To push away self-doubt and not let it hold them back. Self-confidence comes from knowing you have the ability, to succeed. Without it, you're less likely to try new things, seize opportunities, take risks, or go for the things you really want in life.”