How did you know you wanted to be an author? I didn’t. As an Associate Professor at a university, everything counted for something. I was writing to meet the expectations of the job. Once I retired, nothing counted and there were no expectations. That’s when I discovered I had the freedom to write. I was liberated. That’s when writing became fun. Difficult, but fun.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? 1. Rewrite rewrite rewrite. Let your work sit and perk for a couple of months before you rewrite.
2. Speak your own truth with your own voice. Don’t try to follow expectations of society.
3. Be vulnerable. Take chances. Put it out there even when you are overwhelmed with vulnerability.
4. Unless the character does not, be grammatically correct and spell correctly.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? I either write or research every day.
What message to you want readers to remember? I hope you find some hope in that emotionally difficult-to-read Fractured Mind. I still don’t understand why I wrote it. But it wasn’t for me as I feel way too vulnerable. All I know is that child abuse comes in all sizes and shapes and it needs to end. It affects a life for that person’s lifetime. And I think it’s important to tell it like it is. I also think it’s important for the reader to know that no matter what happens in your life, you are not alone.
How can fans get in contact with you? The best way is through Facebook! Become friends. (Debra Bruch. I live in Michigan.) Or through twitter. #FracturedMind My user name is @Shamannils