How did you know you wanted to be an author? I have been writing since age nine. A multi-generational poet, I have always enjoyed the beauty and flow, the cadence and flavor of words.
I remember lying upstairs in the old farmhouse, snuggled down in a feather bed, buried beneath layers of homemade quilts. Fully awake, I would listen to my mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunts and uncles talking, their voices drifting up to me through the heat vent in the floor. I enjoyed the music of their speech, the meter: the up and down patterns and the various inflections and tones of each individual.
Many of the patterns were the same. They were from the same family, after all. But some had moved away, as my mother had, to the big city and her speech had changed “ evolved. I found this fascinating!
Mawmaw says Well, I‘ll red up the table then. Her voice is deep in her throat, resonant and rich with the tinge of a southern accent. Mom answers Okay, Mother. I ‘ll help you clean up, this said much lighter and higher in the throat, her southern Ohio roots now vanished from her speech. Aunt Louise replies Fetch them dishes on over here then, Mam-maw. Like Mawmaw, she speaks deep within the larynx, emitting the same sonorous sound. Beautiful! Exhilarating! It was difficult to drift off in spite of the caressing feathers and quilts. Who could sleep with this verbal lullaby just one floor below?
With this wealth of dialect and poetry surrounding me throughout my childhood, it was no wonder I became a writer. What else could I do but scribe the music of my family ‘s voice?
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Write what you know. Read and reread your manuscript and then find a reputable editor.
Check their references, and insist on a galley – proof that they have edited.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I treat my work like I treated my studies when in college and high school. I assemble my beverage, a snack, and everything I’ll need for the next few hours. Therefore, I’m not jumping up all of the time and breaking the flow in my writing.
What message to you want readers to remember? A good author puts in a lot of hard work to create a product that will “take you away” for a while. There is not only the writing involved, but a lot of the author is in each work. Usually, there is intensive research and hours spent just on making their story as perfect as possible.
Respect that work. When finished, leave a review, and don’t always look for that free download. Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.”
How can fans get in contact with you? DebraSWelch@aol.com