How did you know you wanted to be an author? Many of us are driven to write through experiences born from pain, generating a need to uniquely express our own inner turmoil. Light-hearted inspiration is certainly an enviable reason to tap into one ‘s creative juices, but those feelings don ‘t stimulate the kinds of thoughts that lodge within me and grow in complexity. I can pinpoint a tragic, life-changing event occurring in my mid-teens that transformed me into a writer, and it seems that the weightier side of life continues to be my motivation. From poetry to song lyrics to writing a novel, this step by step process was an organic outgrowth.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? 1. Have an idea that you think is so interesting that a lot of people will be anxious to read about it and which will maintain your own interest to keep going.
2. Develop an outline for a beginning, middle, and end, knowing that it will constantly need tweaking but which gives you a game plan to follow.
3. Be patient with yourself!
4. Be prepared to critically edit your work, (more than once) and once you finally think it’s ready to be published, spend some money and have it professionally edited. It’s a painful but necessary process towards your goal.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I re-read what I wrote in my previous writing session to regain a momentum and which helps immerse be back into the world of my characters and events. I also find that this helps minimize the chance of writer’s block because I’m brought back into that world of my creation and my observance of it stimulates the generation of ideas.
What message to you want readers to remember?For me, writing is a mental health form of therapy like no other. It’s an escapist vehicle that enhances my self-esteem while keeping the demons of my insecurities under control. I would never presume to speak for anyone else, but anything from a personal diary to an attempt at a best selling novel might be what someone needs to help make it through personal problems and as a survival technique in this world we live in.
How can fans get in contact with you?
I welcome any feedback, thank you