Interview with Lacey Reah

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was in the first or second grade. The assignment was to write a story but instead of trying to write what my teacher seemed to want, my imagination went wild. I thought about a young girl who was kidnapped by some hoodlums and forced to ride on a boat. I don't think I ever ended the story but the teacher read it in front of the class because it was beyond anything the other kids attempted to write. I think something clicked for me then.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read so many stories as a child, I can't recall. I do remember that the story of "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein had a huge impact over me. Later on, someone said it symbolized parenting. I wouldn't know anything about that. I was only five and found the book in the library. I read it over and over again. I even memorized it. I just thought it was a beautiful story. I was so moved by the illustrations and the unconditional love of the tree. To this day, that tree has always been a wish for me. In most of my stories, I like to have a character who reflects the giving tree, someone who loves you no matter what and who'll still love you even after years have past and even after you leave for a long time.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like science fiction and horror stories, comic books, books on spirituality, books about parallel universes, books about cosmology, books about modern scientific theory, historical biographies about great people, autobiographies, memoirs, poetry, magazines, articles about anything I happen to be curious about at the time and blogs.
Describe your desk
Hahahahaha, a symbol of chaos and futility
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Australia, the Phillipines and United States. The greatest influence these changes has made in my writing is my ability to see things in terms of cultural and class differences. My novel "Enlightened Ones" deals a lot with this. The book is about many members of a dangerous cult and they each had their own reasons for being there. Going from a third world country to a first world country taught me a lot about material things and how some people have lots of stuff and others don't. Even moving from Australia to the United States was a huge change because there seemed to be much more excess in the United States. For instance, when I moved here, I didn't understand why people needed to have more than one television set.
At a young age, I left my home in Los Angeles to be a struggling artist and performer in New York. I payed my way through school at an acting conservatory and worked odd ended jobs. I lived in the ghetto most of the years I lived in New York, often the only Islander in an all black neighborhood. I learned a lot about ghetto life and how some cultures tend to congregate in one city. I've lived close to heroine addicts, prostitutes and drug dealers. I've also been friends with people who lived on Park Avenue and Central Park West. I've become close and had great conversations with neighbors in the hood who were very intelligent and had a lot more to say about society than my more privileged friends. Throughout my life, this observation of the haves and have nots has always haunted me. Even as a child, I was moved from a school in an upper middle class neighborhood to one in the ghetto and back again.
I learned that it doesn't matter where you grew up. People are people. I can create a character from any background and still feel his/her humanity. Learning to adapt as a child has made me comfortable in all types of settings as an adult. I try not to stereotype characters just because of where they are from.
I've been able to set my story in many different places.
I do get nostalgic for homes that are no longer home and writing about those locations helps me deal with that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been a writer. I produced a few plays back in New York and I love the process of creativity. I love to choose the people I work with, hire my own editors, illustrators and be my own boss.
I've always been a very independent, stand up for free speech, make no compromises, seize the day type of person. I've learned that seizing the day doesn't mean spending years submitting manuscripts until you finally get discovered. Nor does it mean, bowing down to a publisher who wants you to change your story just because they think that it would be more "marketable" if it were more like someone elses. There is also something too comprising about letting someone else have all the rights to produce or stop producing something you put your blood, sweat and tears into creating.
Today's indi market has practically obliterated main stream publishing houses. I don't know if they will last and if they are even profitable but I can control my own publishing and that makes me more comfortable.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything to me. Having devoted fans means that there is someone out there who likes what I created. It means that they share my heart. They understand me enough to read my words and this means that I'm not the only one that exists with this twisted, demented outlook. It means that I'm not alone..
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a mom and fitness professional. I like martial arts, working out, yoga, taking long walks, hikes, site seeing, looking at art, watching movies, reading and taking road trips.
Published 2015-05-24.
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She Talks To Ghosts
Price: Free! Words: 6,210. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
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Enlightened Ones
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