Mette Ivie, National Bestselling Author and Writing Mentor
I grew up on a big farm in New Jersey with a barn and a pool, a pony named Romeo, a dog named Laddie, a bunch of chickens–and ten brothers and sisters. Yes, I grew up Mormon. When I was in Kindergarten, I decided–after my teacher helped me write my first story about a rainbow-colored dinosaur–that I was going to be a writer when I grew up. I kept saying that even though my parents tried to tell me that it wasn’t a “real job.”
I was one of those annoying college students who ate, breathed, and lived studying, so I graduated with an MA at age 19, then headed off to Princeton to get my PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures after getting a perfect score on the GRE. I finished my PhD at age 24, pregnant with my second child. I taught for a few years at a local university, but decided that my true passion was writing, and started to work seriously on novel writing in 1997.
I spent the next four years writing twenty novels (all bad) and then I got #21 published with a small, national press in 2002 (The Monster In Me). I got an agent and moved on from there. I had five children in eight years and figured out how to make time for my writing by waking up early (at 5 am) or by being a Nap Nazi. I also became an Ironman triathlete, ultramarathoner and All-American by sheer persistence (I have no natural athletic talent).
I’ve since published sixteen books in various categories, from young adult to fantasy to romance to adult mystery to memoir. I’ve met a lot of writers along the way who succeeded by persistence, and some who gave up (which still makes me sad). I also discovered a passion in helping people write their own books and go on the journey of becoming better writers and better people.
You may think that I don’t understand what it’s like to struggle with motivation, but it’s not true. I struggle every day to sit down and put my hands on the keyboard. I struggle with procrastination more and more as I age. I also struggle more and more with believing in myself. That’s why I think I’m so good at mentoring. Whatever is keeping you from being a writer–I know that excuse.