Author Bio:I consider myself a late bloomer. Though I’ve been writing for years and years, I never had the courage to actually publish anything let alone even attempt to until recently. It’s definitely a slow process especially when you’re a mother with a full time job, nonetheless I managed to finally finish my first novel shortly after acquiring a Bachelors in Criminal Justice Forensic Psychology. Thank goodness for the internet and independent platforms that allow you to do it without the anguish of countless rejections. I’m the kind of person that loves to attempt to find a creative solution to any kind of problem. I definitely prefer to write and read a good book over watching television or movies and I love all projects that invoke creativity and helping others and being able to share those activities with my two kids.
What inspires you to write?
Like many authors, most of my inspirations come from real life and dreams. I am definitely a people watcher and the majority of my ideas come from dreams and my over active imagination. I think I’m one of those people that often sit and wonder, what if when it comes to things, people and events. I tend to be a day dreamer, most of the time I like to ponder questions that many people would probably view me as strange like believing in the possibilities of things like aliens, ghosts, demons, angels, etc. Stories to me are often built around the plausible if you can weave into reality and essentially create a world that allows people to wonder if it could truly exist or be the case. If I can covertly put something into a story that a reader can walk away having learned something from while being entertained and feels connected to because they can relate, that kind of story is what I enjoy writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I really don’t have a set process since I do work full time and I’ve got the demands of kiddos. It gets hard at times but for me, inspiration can hit at any given time. Though I’m mainly a seat of the pants writer, I do combos. I keep a journal with me when I’m out and about and at work so that when it does, I jot down the ideas, locations or main ideas of what I want to write or add into a story wherever I happen to be. I start out simply writing an outline of what I want the plot to entail from beginning to end as well as character sketches. I call it simply what many authors do, freestyle writing. After wards, it becomes an outline, what will happen first, next etc and making notes to refer to along the way. Then I simply begin writing, my goal per day is typically at least a chapter, if I get in more…even better. From there, details about each character, the plot, what I’d like to happen and where I’d like to go all starts to come together. In addition, the internet has become a blessing when it comes to research of all kinds.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m definitely a writer who more so observes and listens to my characters. When I develop their personalities in response to others in the book or events I envision what their reactions, actions, responses and attitudes would be based on what kind of a character I’ve made them out to be, that doesn’t necessarily mean that their character would never grow or change for the better or worse depending on the plot and what the story is about. In reality, these are often people I’ve actually interacted with or have seen interact with other people and maybe a wee bit of what I would do, think or say in a particular situation all mashed up into one.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would definitely say that no matter what, never stop writing. Even if it is simply a page of an idea you may have, always write it down and save it. Always pay attention to and keep a journal of your dreams. Divinity the Gathering was based on a crazy repetitive dream I kept having and I took it and finally ran with it after finally writing down the details. Most authors will tell you that dreams were the catalysts of their best works. Always believe in yourself and your own work and never give up. It sounds cliche but it is the honest truth. If you write for the love of writing, it will come through and show and people will recognize it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to use an independent platform simply to gain exposure and establish a possible fan base. Since this is my absolute first book, I was extremely nervous about even having it out there let alone being rejected by big time agencies and publishers. Writing is an intense, difficult and emotional process so it can be very hard to get rejection after rejection when all you want to do is tell and share a story. I write because I love to write and the satisfaction of being able to share my creativity with those that appreciate a good book or love to read is more than enough for me. I think having the control and ability to get your work out there and read by those that love a good story is an awesome thing! I would definitely encourage new authors just like myself to self publish, establish a liking, fan base and gain notoriety and a name for themselves especially with the first book before attempting to publish with a publisher but regardless of which road a new author decides to take, never, never give up.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing has definitely exploded with independent self publishing platforms. There will never be a shortage of books, authors and stories to tell and what works for some may not always work for others but being able to get your story out there and recognized is the key. With self publishing, youtube and many other sources, the internet has become an incredible and crucial tool in getting that media exposure and it has definitely helped many authors both best selling as well as unknown. I still think the traditional route of going through a publisher will never die out. The power behind having an agent, publishing company etc is the only way in most instances to ensure your work is not only polished and perfect for the public but getting your name out there world wide and beyond so I don’t think that could ever become obsolete or become a thing of the past.
What genres do you write?
The stories that I currently have in works as well as my current saga are mainly fiction, supernatural and urban fantasy type genres all with elements of romance mixed in.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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