Dreams Come True

Today I'm taking a break from talking-slash-moaning about my own dreams and how I never do anything to further them, and hand over the reins to someone who has not only pursued their dream, but done it in a BIG way.

Meet Emily, who at just nineteen years old has written and published her first novel, It Took A War. Nineteen! I'm part way through reading it at the moment and I'm really enjoying it.

So without further ado, here's Emily! Hopefully she'll be as inspiring to you as she is to me. And here's a photo of her, so you can imagine her writing this.


I’m Emily Ann Putzke, author of It Took a War. I’m so excited to be guest posting on Beth’s lovely blog! She asked me to share about how I got into writing, my creative process, and how I got published.

I never remember a time when I wasn’t writing. I have a bookshelf stocked full of notebooks from over ten years of writing. When I was nine, I was determined to be an author. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, author was always among my top picks.

I wrote my first bounded chapter book in 2005 when I was nine, and I thought it was pretty awesome. Then, when I was 12, my older siblings helped turn one of my stories into a bounded copy as a Christmas present for my parents. My writing has come a looong way since then and I’m sure it will come a long way in the next 10 years! I didn’t start pursuing publication until I was in my teens.

When I started blogging in 2009, I started realizing that there were lots of teen aspiring authors and published authors out there. It inspired me to keep pursuing my dream – to publish a book in my teens. I started taking writing even more seriously in high school. I was homeschooled and it counted for English and history, so I spent quite a lot of time creating books. I actually wrote It Took a War in 2012 when I was 17 and a senior in highschool. But I put it away and forgot about it until the beginning of this year when I decided to polish it up and self-publish it. Now it’s in print and available for purchase!

When I have a story idea, I quickly jot it down in a notebook or on a googledoc so I won’t forget it. I think through the characters, plot, and what I’ll need to research. Since I’m a historical fiction writer, I have lots of research to do on my books! I write, research, write some more, and research some more. Research is definitely very important, but I try not to let it overwhelm me. I could still be here researching about the Civil War. It’s never ending! I need to do enough research but not get buried in it. What I love about writing historical fiction is showing people that history can be exciting and engaging. I think quite a few people have a grudge against history. If they learned it from a boring textbook, I can see why! History is all about stories and people who had strengths and weakness like us. I love bringing history alive.

I prayed about pursuing self-publishing and I felt that was the right road for It Took a War. I have learned so much through it! I researched some things about self-publishing but I learned the most when I was in the process of it. It was exciting to see it all come together. When I got the proof copy of It Took a War, I couldn’t believe I was actually holding my book! There’s something incredible about seeing your words in print and knowing that other people are reading them. I hope that It Took a War inspire others to pursue their God given dreams.        

About My Book

            1861 - Sixteen year old Joe Roberts leads a mundane life as far as he’s concerned. His world spins in the same circle each day: working at his family’s store, taking his sisters on boyish escapades and bickering with his rogue of a cousin, Lucas. Joe can’t understand why his mother allows Lucas to live and work with them after all the pain he caused their family. When war is declared, Joe is quick to join up and become a soldier with the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers, but war is nothing like he imagined. To make matters worse, he must endure having Lucas in the same regiment. Can Joe put the pain of the past behind him? Forgiveness is easier said than done.

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Emily Ann Putzke is a 19 year old Christian, homeschool graduate and history lover. Besides writing historical fiction, she enjoys photography (especially photographing her nieces and nephew), reading, spending time with her family, Civil War reenacting, traveling and a good cup of coffee. She resides in New York State where she drinks in the beautiful autumns and tries to endure the long winters.

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