My name's Alyssa. I'm positively wretched at introductions and they make me sound like a socially awkward weirdo, but I'll give it a go. I'm a 21 year old who lives in New York (no, not the city). I spent the majority of my time chasing after my toddler and preparing for the arrival of our second son. I also make a habit of collecting degrees that I don't have any use for at the moment. At the moment I'm working on a Business degree and should be finished with it next summer if all goes according to plan. I've always been a bookworm. When I was eight years old I started reading two historical fiction series, called Dear America and the Princess Diaries, and at nine I fell in love with Harry Potter. At eleven, I discovered Tamora Pierce and the amazing heroines that she made seem so real that sometimes they felt like my best friends. Even now, YA fantasy holds a very special place in my heart and it's probably my favorite genre. I've always dreamed of writing a book but up until recently I've never found anything that grabbed me. I'd start and stop after less than five pages. Nothing seemed to work; it seemed forced and unoriginal. However, right now I'm working on a story that has just swept me away. I know it sounds corny, but it's like the story is writing itself and everything fits together so perfectly. I have extend backgrounds hashed out for all of the main characters and I'm not even certain if all of the information I have on them will come into play. So, I thought if I was going to be serious about this, I should get in touch with serious writers, see what they're doing, and also put my work out there. Despite my love for writing, I'm quite insecure about having others read it. I often don't even like my husband reading my work.