How did you know you wanted to be an author?: It's been my dream from a very young age. I have been writing since I was 9 years old, if not earlier. For my 9th birthday, I asked for a typewriter and started trying to get my poems and stories published. I would have never imagined writing on a topic like this, but I am so grateful to have been given this gift to share my story and help others.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: Don't give up - don't let anyone tell you that you cannot be a writer. There are so many tools and avenues available today to help aspiring authors. Use them - and don't be afraid of criticism. It will only make your work stronger - take what you feel is applicable and leave the rest.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: Usually, I start with an idea. I let it kind of marinade in my mind while I am doing other things. Then, I compose an outline of the book to give me a high-level direction. From there, I write to whatever chapter I am inspired to write. That sometimes means I write out of order, but it's what works for me!
What message do you want readers to remember?: There is hope - even though the days are dark and the nights are long. Even though it seems like there is no end in sight to your pain - there is hope. The light will return to your life, even if just in fleeting moments at first. The more you allow yourself to experience those brief moments of joy and peace, the more they will come - and the longer they will stay. And soon, in time, the days will be light again.
How can fans get in contact with you?: I can be reached for questions, comments, or speaking engagements through my website (http://magdalinedesousa.wix.com/theforgottenmourners), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/theforgottenmourners/), or by email at email@example.com.