America's Lady of Supernatural Thrillers

“Raven's Cove, a great mystery by Mary Ann Poll. Avoid it when winds are gusting to hurricane speed outside. No extra creepiness needed.”
~Bonnye Matthews
Step aside Stephen King, Alaska’s Mary Ann Poll is here to spin new tales of the super-natural and the ungodly, as her heroes and heroines take on the forces of evil on 'The Last Frontier.' ~Jeff Babcock

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How Do You Know You’re a Writer?

I’ve lost count of how many people ask me when I started writing or how I knew I was supposed to write. Those two questions always make me uncomfortable. You see, I didn’t start my early life aspiring to be an author as so many have done. I think I was more surprised than anyone when I wrote my first book.

Since my early years weren’t consumed by  a need to write the next great novel, I thought I wasn’t a writer. That, I’ve found, is not true. In looking back over my life, I realized I always had a passion for storytelling. I wrote songs, poetry, and essays. I made up stories and told them as if they were real. And, people believed the stories until I told them they weren’t true. (Yes, I was somewhat of a practical joker, too.)

So, to answer the question posed in the subject line, my thoughts are:

  • If you feel a need to tell stories or to write poetry about events in your life, you’re a writer.
  • If you feel lighter when you journal about your day, you’re a writer.
  • If you daydream about a more beautiful world or a worse one and want to share those thoughts with others – you may be a writer.
  • The most telling answer is this: Non-writers don’t ask themselves, “How Do I Know I’m a Writer?”

Yes, you are a writer!

Until Next Time,


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