In high school, 9th or 10th grade, that's when I joined the school paper and wrote a short story about a teenage girl whose best friend was an alcoholic and how she was trying to help her overcome her addiction. The story never made it in the paper because it just wasn't "short" enough, the paper was only a few pages long and my story was longer...oh well, but at least I started to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Even though the story is a work of fiction, it does have a lot of my own life experiences, but I also add a lot of "stuff" that has never happened or that I've never done but would really like to do someday. It's really about those BIG dreams we all have that some of us seldom manifest because it's just to hard to believe they can be manifested. The main character struggles with her doubts and fears, but her desire to understand why she has such BIG dreams is much bigger than her doubts and fears, and so is her determination to make her dreams a reality.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My first thought was that it just had to be easier than dealing with publishers and getting those rejection letters, even though I've never tried to publish anything in the past, I still heard about other authors and the hard time they were having getting anything published. My second thought was that I found the whole process of self-publishing, from writing to formatting and even designing the cover, quite fascinating since I do like to engage and learn about such things.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just getting everything out of my head and writing it, writing about it...it's my therapy.
What are you working on next?
At least 9 other books, I seem to be writing them all at the same time - well, a few pages in each every day.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Saul and Stephen King although I really can't sit and read any of King's novels simply because they're way too lengthy...I just wait for the film adaptation!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life has to change, is what I tell myself even though I've been telling myself that all my life, but this time I really mean it, ha-ha!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly trying to fix my brain, ha-ha! That has been a life-long endeavor but I just keep telling myself, "I'm getting closer, almost there". It's not easy to try to fix what your parents did to you, but it's not impossible, and hey, at least I got some excellent material to write about, ha. I also like playing drums, guitar, piano, drawing, meditation, mindfulness training, love watching movies, all kinds, and reading, to name a few.
What is your writing process?
The first thing I get, believe it or not, is the title, then I start thinking about what the heck it means and where it came from because the thing just pops into my head. Then I think about the story line and how to put it together, and the rest just comes as I sit and write.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, I'm really into nature, so that's where I usually start since most of my stories are very emotional and nature scenes just happen to blend in well with that sort of thing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is my favorite book - a little guy who thinks and knows that he can be greater and grander than himself and actually accomplishes that, is quite inspiring. The Color Purple by Alice Walker - simply because it's a wonderful story about a woman overcoming adversity, and I really love that Walker stepped outside of the "norm" in book writing and wrote the story as a little girl's diary or letters to God, I found that quite unique. The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts - this book started me on a personal journey when I was in my mid-20's, it opened my mind to other possibilities and encouraged me to go on a tremendous quest, in which I know, will transform me. Any books by Neville Goddard which have offered such amazing knowledge regarding the human spirit, and have inspired me and encouraged me to continue moving forward and realizing my BIG dream.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything having to do with architecture and landscaping design, preferably with color photos.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I currently use my tablet but would like to test other devices.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
For my first 6 years I lived in Puerto Rico, but I grew up in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Massachusetts was lovely and I really liked it but for some reason my parents decided to move the family to Connecticut, which I did not like at all. It was a tough life growing up in this state mainly because the people were just mean, seriously mean. I had such a hard time that at age 32 I was finally able to move to Maine, which I loved. Connecticut gave me a hard life; it molded me into a person I detested; it offered a life full of despair and powerlessness; it made me feel trapped and alone. I have spent my whole life trying to surpass all of that - and that's where all my stories come from.
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