For me, although my personal life experiences have helped me develop true feelings within my books, writing provides an escape from everyday life. I love getting lost in a plot, I love being in control of the outcomes to every story. I think we've all experienced something in our life that we wish had had a different outcome and with writing I get to explore that. I love the idea of rewriting history, of travelling down the path unchosen at that fork in the road way back when. That's not to say that every book will have a happy ending but getting to choose how the characters react after certain trials in their lives and their feelings towards moving forward is a great thing to undertake.
Where do the themes in your stories originate and why do you focus on them specifiaclly?
The themes behind most of my stories are issues that I've had to deal with in my life. I like to explore the differences in regards to the effect they have on individual people as they can be markedly extreme. What effects me in an extreme way may have no effect whatsoever on the person next to me. And so I like to explore that within my books and how that influences the way we interact as individuals and as a society.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I don't think it's so much where I grew up but how I grew up that influenced my writing and continues to influence it. My surroundings have had an effect on me as a person but I think that it's how I've approach everything, how I've adapted to things, that's had a greater impact on me and that continues to evolve as I grow and experience more of life and so too does my writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote has been edited and changed so many times over the years that it now resembles nothing of the first draft. It's not something I think I'll ever publish because I never seem to be happy with it but it's a good 'go back to' project and something that I continue to add to and change as my writing improves and matures.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read stories that are thought provoking, they can be fiction novels that inspire change in my thoughts and feelings on certain matters, or they can be real life memoirs of people that have overcome adversity. Sometimes I like to read romance novels because it's nice to have the simplicity of love without all the drama that life itself bestows upon us. But mainly I like to read stories based around struggle and how it's overcome.
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