Hello! I’m Chris Regier. I write stories. Tender, lyrical, warm stories about bunnies and friendship. Jagged, hard, dark stories about depression and loss. Because my life has both. And only by walking through the darkness have I discovered how beautiful the light is.
Many years ago I was born in a city far from where I live now. For 10 years my parents moved from house to apartment, from city to town, and from one continent to another, until one day they finally settled down on a road with a sunny view in a state with a lot of rain.
I never left. In fact, I still live on the same road with the sunny view just two miles from where I grew up.
When I was a kid, my friends and I made our spending money picking strawberries during summer break. I was a horrible strawberry picker. I knew there had to be an easier way to make money. And, when I started dating the farmer’s son, I thought I’d found that way. I got promoted to the hoeing crew!
Do you know the saying, “That’s a long row to hoe?” I know where that comes from. But the farmer’s son was a keeper. We celebrated our 30 year anniversary not long ago. In the strawberry field.
That anniversary also marked the year I realized it was time to stop saying, “I wish I had time to write.” It was time to start making the time to bring the dream to reality.
In 2014 I went to my first SCBWI conference with one picture book manuscript under my arm. I was woefully ignorant of the craft and the business involved in writing and submitting a good picture book. But you know something? I had started as the lowest peon on the farm totem pole and taught myself everything I needed to know to become the CFO of a successful agriculture business. I just needed to use the skills I’d learned from that journey to continue along the path to published author.
I’m still traveling that path. But I now have a dozen manuscripts under my arm when I go to a conference. And a growing circle of writing friends to share the ups and downs with. And every day I learn a new tidbit that brings me that much closer to realizing the dream.
E.L. Doctorow said about writing: “It’s like driving at night with the headlights on. You can only see a little ways ahead of you, but you can make the whole journey that way.”
I’m loving this journey!