In this instance, how would one define writing? Are we referring to the time when I started learning letters,forming words and putting them on paper ? Or are we referring to when I sat down and just let the words flow? For me writing began when I stopped thinking and just let it happen. Some of my best work and poems have been published when i just wrote with the emotions in me and let the words guide me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
In writing, much to the same as reading, a person is able to become someone they are not. In my writing I do not "make a character" for instance, I become the character. I am often taken to different worlds, far beyond places even I have imagined. This is what brings me joy and encourages me to write more, the constant evolution of a character. I have found times where I am leading the main character to story arc 1 just to have them blossom into something amazing and vastly different with story arc 2.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my audience, much the same as an entertainer. While at my desk writing, the words flow and become as magical as when a song artist first gets on stage to sing. I become nervous, fear rushes through me when I see an individual reading my work. My fans are my greatest supporters and in this industry, much love the music industry, they are why i keep going.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love paranormal romance, much like Laurel K. Hamilton's work. Werewolves, monsters,vampires (no, not the sparkly kind) all have a place in my heart. Anne Rice, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley all have incorporated their takes on these beasts and have ingrained them into my soul. Stephen King will always be my favorite horror writer, intricately weaving my mind in some sadistic story set in Derry, Maine just to have me saying "What the fuck?" in the end. My final favorite author is a beautifully mysterious woman to which I can first say i truly started enjoying reading with is Agatha Christie. I may or may not have recently bought a 120 book leather bound collection of hers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Picture it: One light in the whole town, a caution light at that. Dirt roads flowing in and around trees, rivers and the occasional camp sites. As you can imagine there was not much to do in regards to fun as a teenager trying to run away from the abuse the world decided she deserved.
I started diaries, journals and wrote poetry to vent my frustrations, my anger, my pain. I walked in the woods for peace and wrote down the feelings my heart felt as the sun touched me through the tree's.
My writing can be dark, can take a person to places in their mind they did not realize existed. At the same time, my writing can enlighten a person to feel as elevated and care free as a person can be. My writing has helped me become someone else, many people actually. For one fleeting moment, in writing, I can be happy.
Describe your desk
Currently my desk is not a desk, per SE. I have my pc connected to my TV and a wireless keyboard and mouse. I relax on the couch, typically with a cat trying to climb on me, and jot down what I can. My dream desk would be in my own personal library, surrounded by books and an old fashioned typewriter for when I am wanting to be part of the time-honored tradition, white out next to it for the mistakes I will make.
What is your writing process?
I keep notebooks of various sizes and thicknesses around my house and vehicle. If i get an idea I want the surety and the ability to write the words and thoughts down so I do not forget. Sadly my mind is a sieve, slowly but steadily leaking all thoughts and memories away. Having these notebooks allows me to go back in my free time and just continue on. They have pictures, flow charts, doodles and some random words I have still yet to decipher.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first short story I ever wrote was actually in regards to the birth of my daughter. I was unable to bear children (so I was told) and I struggled to deal with this life changing news at 17. At 20 years old I gave birth to my daughter, delivered by the same doctor whom claimed me barren 3 years earlier. The story is only a few pages long,however, the emotion put forth in the story of her birth will forever hold a place in my heart. I have kept the story and intend to give this to her on her 18th birthday.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have two children, a boy and a girl. They are my reason for living, for pushing through. Children are amazingly terrifying creatures whom have no end to what all they are able to consume and destroy given enough time. I started this journey at the young age of 20 and I have not regretted it ever since.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading! An author truly performs better when they are well read. I have the habit of starting three to four books at a time, miraculously able to keep each story line separate. Nonfiction has been my go to lately, however I have thrown myself into the vampire world of Anne Rice, yet again.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
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