I enjoy a diversity of professions. Along with writing, my other professions include Oriental Medicine, Ballroom Dancing and graphic arts (I design my own covers). I am passionate about each of my jobs and find their unique challenges stimulating and fun. I’ve won several dance awards with my professional partner, Louis Bar. Examples of titles we’ve won are: 6 time French National Champions in Argentine Tango and Swing & 4th in the world in Argentine Tango.
As for writing, my fantasy novel, Xandria Drake: Ancient Rising, recently won Book of the Month, in the goodreads group called, “Making Connections YA Edition.”
What inspires you to write?
At first, I was driven to write more than I was inspired to write. I’ve always had a very active imagination. I’ve used my imagination to tell stories while I danced, or to help communicate difficult concepts to my patients. My imagination seemed content with these methods of expression for years, and I was a happy camper. Then, one day, things changed. An urge to write emerged. The feelings were foreign, and they baffled me for at least three months. I constantly reminded myself that I was not a writer! Sure, I could tell stories, but I had no clue how to form correct sentences, use proper punctuation, and such. Regardless of how many excuses I formed or how much I simply refused to entertain the idea of becoming an author, the compulsion to write won the battle. As a result, I cannot stop writing, and I enjoy it as much as my other professions!
Tell us about your writing process.
Writing for me can seem daunting if I let it. Before I sit down to write, I have no idea what will end up on the page. I start my computer, open my writing program, and begin with a blank page and a blank mind. Even if I try to plan scenes and events, the characters will often refuse my suggestions and continue on their own paths. I will even argue with them sometimes. Repeatedly they tell me that I will understand more of their decisions as the story progresses. It’s a lot like watching a movie. I am a spectator. I simply do my best to record all I hear and see.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to my characters all the time. Many of my characters have been with me since I was a child. I suppose, they are what some may call, “imaginary friends.” Even though I’ve known them a long time, they still surprise me. It’s just like knowing someone in real life, I cannot always read their minds, or account for why they do certain things. Many times, I have to ask them. Sometimes they explain their motivations, and other times they tell me to wait and see. 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
Let go of what others think and be yourself! Exposing yourself through writing, dancing, singing, or anything creative takes courage. When you put yourself out there, others will often support you. On the other hand, there are those that will try to tear you down. What you must realize is that you are a unique expression of life, and you have value. Don’t let others dictate what you can and cannot do (as long as it causes no harm to others). The people that seek to diminish you are simply projecting their own limitations and fears onto you. Do not buy into their delusions. You are free! You are well, and you are loved beyond measure! Keep that truth in you heart, and when your soul feels the need to express your uniqueness, you will know inspiration!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I met a lady named Karen Crowell, from Serendipity Digital Media KC. I follow her advice and allow her to publish my books as she sees fit. So far, my books are only available on Amazon in the Kindle library. Soon, however, they will be available in paperback as well. I am extremely happy with Karen’s work. Without her, I would be struggling through this world of self publishing alone and frustrated. Our meeting truly was serendipitous.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love the digital age! The ability for people to take matters into their own hands, and send their messages to the world is fantastic! As a reader, I have more choices than I did in the past. I just need to be a bit more discerning when making my selections.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, self-help, young adult
What formats are your books in?