Author, The Fallen book series
What inspired you to write your first book?
I am and always have been inspired and intrigued by the diversity of cultures, religions and individuals of spirit, albeit, evil or good. There is a fine line, what appears as blessing, may be the door to a darker side (i.e., a lottery ticket, fame at an early age etc. While great tragedies, assassination of great leaders, horrific natural disasters, may be the opening of change for the betterment of mankind. Understanding, not necessarily agreeing, but withholding judgement and learn[ing], less criticiz[ing].
Do you have a specific writing style?
No boundaries. Fin.
What books have most impacted your life (or life as a writer)?
James Patterson, Ray Bradbury, National Geographic as well as Discovery.
What books are you currently reading? Why this author?
I am currently not reading a book, the brain is constantly recording writings and ideas, as well as snapshots of what we read or expose ourselves. It can influence my writing as I am now, and appear as something original.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your latest work?
I do not want to second-guess myself in my writing. I work hard at saying what I mean, what I say. I must remain open to fresh ideas and growth.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing or coming up with a concept for your book?
The challenge would be to not seen as a diverse writer. I have more stories and mysteries in this world to push out.
What was the hardest part of completing this project?
I can say that not having recognition by a literary agent and seeing a want fulfilled is the hardest part. I am but a speck in the very large pool of authors making their mark in the literary world. However, I am a force to be reckoned with. No is not in my vocabulary…perhaps not now.
What advice would you give other writers?
Dream the impossible, and once you set it into action … follow through. FOLLOW THROUGH!
Describe the process of getting published.
Support of family, a business manager that believed in the process, and understanding that waiting for recognition was not an option, I used my resources, financially and intellectually, and made much noise to a publishing house that accepted my work.
What were the literary, psychological and/or logistical challenges in bringing your work to life?
Researching, and learning truths of history, religion and culture. Changing and stretching my mind to their way of life, beliefs and history of cultures. What makes their cultures the way they function, how do they perform in the differences of spiritual beliefs vs what some may believe sadistic.
Everyone’s process for writing is different. Explain yours.
I take 20 legal pads and write manually. I take them everywhere I go. If I run out, I will write on a cocktail napkin, whatever is available. I like writing in noise. The quiet disturbs me, and I tend to wonder about others’ needs, errands, tasks to accomplish. I am organized in the noise of life.
What are five of your favorite books?
What You Owe Me, Diary of Suzane, Addicted, The Green Mile, The Stand
Please provide three “good to know” fact about you. Tell us about your first job or the inspiration behind your writing.
I am generous to my misfortune.( It is my time to rise, so I may help others without, leaving my talents closeted) I have a zero tolerance for those that will not empowering themselves .. .in any facet of a gift they possess. I am ruled by intuition, and intellect.
What is the mission you set out to accomplish with your voice in this book?
“The what if factor.” “Believe in something grander than yourself.” “Embrace the diversity of others as we are on this journey together.”
A great book has what?
Thinking outside the box, without predictability
You develop character and ideas by …. Pieces of who I am, and my growing process. My experiences, both Success and Tragedy
Where would you travel if you could to write you next book?
I am here.
What is the gift of reading and why does it around up a new world?
Knowing something about everything, for you, not for impression at cocktail parties, or boast to those that may not know its a gift. Share the knowledge of that gift with those.
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