How did you know you wanted to be an author? I always had one eye on my children and one eye on my career. I worked a typical Monday through Friday 45+ hours a week job. I was well respected in my field and still am. But, funding got cut one year and I was one of the unfortunate people to get laid off. It was devastating because I thought, what I am going to do? However, I had this opportunity to do something that has always been on my bucket list . I had the opportunity to write. As I began to spend time with my children, this idea formed into my head, so I began to write it down. Then I began to write every day. At first, I thought the story was going to be a basic story about boy and girl who meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after. However, as I got into the story, I realized that I wanted to write something that will intrigue readers and get them to think about how would they deal with certain situations if they were faced with them. When I made the characters, I derived them from real-world people and situations. Thus, Grains of Truths happened.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Sometimes, just by taking the leap of faith, unexpected doors open and dreams do become reality. I hope that you do the same. Make your dream a reality.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I try and schedule writing sessions weekly and make sure that I treat each character and setting with respect and dignity.
What message to you want readers to remember?As an author, I want to create characters that are relatable. When a reader finishes my pieces of work, he or she will be surprised and perhaps enlightened. If I just write the words, describing things only visually, then the rest of the senses would be lost. We have five senses, why not write about them all so that the reader feels the story with their whole body? What are the smells in the room? The sounds they hear? The textures they touch? This evokes certain thoughts, feelings and attitudes awaking in my reader. Thus, the settings and the characters of the story come alive.
As a writer, I want to create stories where people escape from the hustle and bustle of life and fall in love with characters and places. I want my audience to feel alive emotionally and tell others about their experience after experiencing my stories. I enjoy telling my stories and I get to spend time with my families. I feel like I have the best of both worlds.
How can fans get in contact with you?Please connect with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Goodreads or LinkedIn or visit me on my website.