Born and raised in the Land of Mary, I have deep rooted morals, and very faithful in my beliefs. Some might still consider me to be young, yet I have experienced a lot in my life. There is a Chinese Proverb that says through great pain comes great knowledge, I have found this to be true. One of the main life lessons that I think more people need to understand is the power of positivism. Another saying, I believe it is from Abraham Lincoln is that if you look for the bad in people, you will surely find it. So, look for the good – much like Pollyanna (1960) and play the “glad game”.
After years and years of my mother telling me that I should use my talents and write, I finally listened. I am a Taurus and characteristically stubborn. Several years ago I began my writing career having started composing my first draft. In 2012, through the magic of self-publishing, my first book was set-free! I also blog, just about every day, as I created and write in several blogs.
My career training has mainly been with behavior management in the Special Education field. I started volunteering when I was 14, worked within a special needs school until the birth of my son in 2002, my son has special needs, and I am more of a consultant now.
Associates of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Originally, I wanted to help families with the challenges in life when we are caregivers for individuals with special needs. Coming from both sides of the spectrum, having both worked in the field and as a parent of a special needs child, I believe that I would be the ideal advocate for families.
Self-published Author Going off Dreams February 2013
Going off Dreams: the series – http://www.goingoffdreams.com
Going off Dreams: the journey – http://goingoffdreams.blogspot.com
What Shall We Blog About Today? http://kenowinsky.blogspot.com
Fostering Family Fun – http://fosteringfamilyfun.blogspot.com
Faith Warrior – http://testimonyinlife.blogspot.com
Wait Watch Wonder – http://waitwatchwonder.blogspot.com
What inspires you to write?
I started writing a few years ago after I had this apocalyptic dream that kept reoccurring. Something told me to sit down and type a few things out, which turned into Book 1 Nightdreams, in the Going off Dreams series. As I was writing and doing research these characters and plot exploded into my mind. I have no formal training in writing (and it shows in the book) but, those that have read the book love it. And that’s what I want to do, tell a story to transport you away from reality for a little while, and hope that you fall in love with the characters as much as I have.
Tell us about your writing process.
I find writing the easy part, it is editing that is the hurdle that pulls my muscles in self-publishing. I really enjoyed researching the mythology within the story and taking characters and molding them. I have to meditate on the information that I take in, then create their look and personality within the realms in order to portray them within the saga. I think, since I enjoyed doing this, it could be the cause as to why there are so many characters in the series. However, I wanted to introduce them early so that the readers relationship builds over-time. When I thought about the characters I enjoyed reading the most, it was the protagonists that were in the series, which by reading a series you invest yourself into that story and those characters. I think this is a contributing factor that keeps readers wanting more.
“Are you an outliner or a seat of the pants writer?” I don’t intentionally outline when writing. What I learned through my writing process though, that my first rough (very rough) draft was more-or-less my outline. It helped me to understand the progression of the story and I think I did a pretty good job at mirroring Eryn’s reality with the other realms. I would consider myself a ‘seat of the pants writer’ though, because I do not prefer constraints of an outline, I like to write freely and let the story and characters go beyond the imaginable.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I was writing and creating the characters, I think I approached the process more as an actor would. I really had to search within myself and become the character in order to write in their perspective. In this essence however, looking back I can see myself within the different characters too. I listen subconsciously or consciously, considering the research I did on the character, and the progression of their place in the story to encompass that character’s definitive purpose within the realms. For instance, the main protagonist Eryn/Nyx – during her inner struggles, I ask myself questions including them in the story and while she is experiencing different situations, I really had to search and struggle with descriptive so that the reader could experience what the character is going through as well. When she is going through her transformation was one of the hardest things to write, I really had to relive things that I had experienced in my life, such as suffocation from almost drowning, to the intense pain during child birth, so that I could relate and deliver an experience that will captivate the reading audience.
What advice would you give other writers?
From my experience, what I have learned is that as much as you might love your characters and story, there are going to be individuals that do not share your enthusiasm. What I say – to each their own. But, my main advice for writers would be to get an outside source to edit your writing before launching your book, especially if you are self-publishing. Looking back, this is something I should have done. Currently the second book in the series “For all in The Hope” is going through the editing process.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Simple: I couldn’t afford to print and put together kits to send out to traditional publishers. I just happened to inquire on-line about self-publishing. From the beginning I knew I wanted to, on some spectrum, publish the story. Eventually, I would love to have a graphic novel of the series and ultimately movie rights!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I had read an article about a week ago where it said that with the increase in tablet sales, electronic means to reading (newspapers, magazine, articles, books) had seen an amazing increase, I believe it was well over 150%. I think the future of book publishing is a secure one. I think that while Kindle and Nooks are a popular item, that traditional publishing is still very much alive as well. There are still people (like my mother) who prefer to have the physical book in their hand.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Romance, Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print