How did you know you wanted to be an author? At a young age I received praise for poems and short stories I wrote and dreamed of becoming a writer. But I didn ‘t enjoy English classes in high school, and I gravitated toward science and math. I was on track to be a math major in college. In my third year, an English professor was so impressed with a poem I had written, my life took another swing back to writing. That professor allowed me to write narrative poems for his class in lieu of essays. He became my mentor and advisor. I turned a couple poems into stage plays, performed in small college venues. I was hooked and switched to an English major, convinced I would be an author.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? You will only see the pattern of the tapestry of your life when you reach a point where your past clarifies the picture you have been weaving. The hardships and challenges you will endure create that picture. So don ‘t run from challenges, don ‘t be overcome by tragedies, and never quit. Everything that happens is a part of the tapestry that is you. You simply haven ‘t seen the pattern yet. I would encourage you to consider that your life should be something others would like to see. Writing is about communicating ideas. I ‘d recommend you spend as much time reading and learning as you do writing. For me, learning has always been one of the greatest joys in the world; and the more fun I have learning, the more fun I have writing. This should go without saying, but it ‘s worth reminding: Don ‘t write unless you have something to say. Make sure your ideas are not superficial rehashing of what you have been taught; examine all sides of an issue.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I haven ‘t found any routines to get the creative juices going. I do find that once I start on a topic my mind takes off in many directions. The most useful advice I could give you is: rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. The more you polish your words the more brilliant they become. Writing is hard work. I have often said I don ‘t like writing, but I absolutely love having written.
What message to you want readers to remember?Never ever give up. Life will always take you in directions you don ‘t anticipate. No project I ever started has unfolded as I thought it would. So be flexible. Don ‘t be discouraged that life does not give you what you want; learn the lessons that life gives you and grow.
How can fans get in contact with you?I ‘m not a social media person. I still think a friend should be someone you actually meet face to face, not virtually in hyperspace. You can follow me on my Author Page on Amazon. It is linked to all of my books. My contact info is also posted on my website www.uniqueinkpress.com.