About the Author

Kathryn H. Ross is the author of memoir Black Was Not A Label (2019, Pronto) and poetry chapbook Count It All Loss (2021, GoldScriptCo). She writes and edits in Southern California and loves cats and naps. Read her prose, essays, and poetry at speakthewritelanguage.com.

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  1. Believe it or not I’m going through that now. I love writing, yet never considered it as an option for employment. Book authors were anonymous people in the background of a fairytale land. Or so I thought. Then I grew up, raised a family, worked a job and realized I needed more. I just published my first book in 2018. I’m submitting essays here and there. As well as studying to become a Doula. Things I’m passionate about. I commend the author of this article for following her dreams from the beginning. I’m in transition. But I’m on the right path now.

  2. I truly enjoyed reading your story. It resonated with me deeply and helped to bring clarity on the next steps I should take as a writer. Thanks so much for sharing. God bless you. 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing your story, your journey. It resonated with me on so many levels. As an independent college counselor, I work very hard not to discount a young person’s dream. It happens way too often for them, especially Black and Brown kids. But as you have shown through your personal story, having a “never give up” attitude and stepping out on faith — and getting out of your own way — can make all the difference. The tagline for my business is “The Journey Begins with You…” which it the mindset I impart to my students. Your journey inspired me and provided a great reminder to stay true to oneself — even if the path is bumpy. Staying true to YOU is a wonderful way to #selfcare. Thank you for this midweek spark! Wishing you continued success!

    • Thank you so much for this kind comment! It warms my heart to know your students have a truthful and encouraging counselor to turn to. The Journey does indeed start with us and it’s such a strong and important lesson to learn! <3

  4. I am called to write also. I need honest people to read my materials. However, I keep choosing those who are busy or maybe not creative enough!

  5. Why is it that many are called but few are chosen? I think your narrative illustrates the answer. Too often we think that we are called to be something. But, no, we are called to walk a certain path, to follow a certain line, to do something, or at least try to do something. Writing itself is a great illustration of that process. We begin a sentence with hope, walk through it in fear and trepidation, and end not in joy but in surprise that hints at faith.

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