Lydia Anne Klima, author and blogger
Born in Chicago, Lydia loved history, literature and writing from an early age. She was an avid reader, and a fan of Masterpiece Theater and American Playhouse while in grade school. Lydia graduated with a history degree from Loyola University in Chicago. She worked as a sales rep, a résumé writer, and an executive secretary. After getting an MBA, she was offered jobs at top companies, which she turned down to pursue writing. She is the author of The Preacher’s Daughters, For Such A Time As This, Painted Children, Julianna’s Secret, and Blood, Innocence and Glory.
Lydia writes about female characters overcoming many obstacles to live happy, triumphant lives. They are survivors, not victims.
On Becoming a Writer
When I was young, I loved to write. I wrote humorous plays in grade school that made my friends laugh. Then I grew up and had to get serious, so I went to college and got my MBA. While in grad school, I started writing because it came natural to me. Though business was interesting, historical fiction was embedded in my nature.
After I graduated, I didn’t know what to do with my life. Writing was still in the picture; it didn’t go away. As I thought stuff over, there was an art fair in town. I walked the streets looking in all the booths, knowing I couldn’t afford anything. Then I came across the old blacksmith shop built in 1875; it was quaint and picturesque. I thought what fun it would be to work there, and to work there as a writer.
That Sunday I went to church and prayed about my future. Was it writing or sales? If only I could write and work in the old blacksmith shop. Wow, would that be something. So I prayed and felt God would bless me.
The next day, I started looking for a job and I got an interview. It was a job for a résumé writer that had been placed in the wrong classified column.
Anyway, I got the job. The only problem? My office was moving to a new location. Where? I asked. My boss said there’s a quaint, old building on the corners of Main and Maple in my town. He believed it was an old blacksmith shop.
So if something is deep inside your heart, don’t give up! God still fulfills dreams.
Yes, don’t ever give up believing.