How did you know you wanted to be an author? I’ve always enjoyed writing, but what put me on a path to take it more seriously was an English Teachers’ Association award that I received while in middle school. I remember my parents’ proud smiles as I read my paper to hundreds of English teachers at the award event. Fast forward to adulthood, I was driven to write magazine articles and a book, Dancing to My Heartbeat, to educate the public on the horrors of domestic violence and the restorative aspects of the performing arts. This drive came from personal experience and writing my book became cathartic and healing. I had a message to share.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Aspiring authors need to determine from the onset what is the message or purpose of their writing. Knowing who their intended readers are is incredibly important along with grabbing the attention of readers within the first few paragraphs. Be prepared to write and rewrite multiple times to get it right where they want it. They may have too much material, requiring reduction and refining, or a specific area may need more detail. Above all, be patient and driven at the same time.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?My ritual for writing is devoting long periods of time to truly focus on it. I was once told to discipline myself by dedicating one-hour per day to write, but that is not how my creative process works. Writing for me is more productive late at night when work and other obligations are done for the day, resulting in fewer interruptions. When writing during the day, I must be by a window. When writing late at night, I need my little dogs sleeping on my desk.
What message to you want readers to remember?I am the author of, Dancing to My Heartbeat, but my daughter, Kristin Freya, is a contributing author of it. We took a harrowing journey together and now advise people to dare to dream big, no matter what their endeavor.
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