My desk is in front of my couch that is in front of my t.v. Sometimes i need back noise (which is mostly the food channel). my desk is a fold-able one (meant for t.v. dinners).
When did you first start writing?
When I was 15. I was talking to my father one day about something, i think it was about this character that has rolled around my head and I decide to start writing this story about this character in my head. Still writing it, but its evolved, its not even the same story anymore. Which is good.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind More Than What You See is, well... it starts with my ex. I wanted to publish poems that I wrote about my ex and I. But he wasn't comfortable with it, yet I still felt that there was some meaning in the poems. So we agreed to me putting them on a blog so, I went on tumblr . And as any dyslexic does (I think) I looked up what blogs there were about dyslexia and learning disabilities. I saw kids with the same experiences, questions and frustrations that I had. So I started writing about my life as a dyslexic. I wanted it to be about the struggle outside of school, but of course you can't get away from it. But there is more to dyslexia in those moments as while and we have a hard time explaining it I think and I was hoping to explain it to everyone with this book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing makes me happy. I have so many stories running around my head I have to get them out. There are many times when I wish I could just have someone stick a camera in my head just to make it easier. I guess the struggle is intriguing to me. I have a tendency to go for what isn't easy sometimes.
What are you working on next?
Fairytale poems/story poems. They will be strange and meaningful I hope.
Who are your favorite authors?
Shel Silverstein and Hans Christian Andersen. Shakespeare should be the next but there is more of a feeling of love/hate/envy because as a dyslexic (at least with my type). I had a hard time understanding what was being said in his plays. Because all I could hear were the words that rhymed. But when I could find/hear a line that wasn't in rhyme I loved it and it was beautiful. Now that I am no longer in school. I am slowly reading Shakespeare, first was Romeo and Juliet and now its Macbeth.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hope, that what I write and do with my time will bring something that someone needed in their life: whether its hope, understanding or meaning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Ceramics. Mostly throwing pots on the wheel, sometimes I draw with pastels. I haven't painted in a while but never rule it out. A lot of my art is on a whim but I write more often than anything else you see above.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The Girl Who Heard the Wind Talk, I think, my mother would know better than me. But that is the first one i remember. It was about a girl who would talk to the wind but the wind would never answer until a monster scared her at night and the wind scared it off..that's the gist that I remember.
What is your writing process?
My writing process...involves time and working on more than one story. I write a lot, such as with More Than What You See. I wrote 70-80 pages at least of poems (but before that I had published it a few times when I shouldn't have, now I know better) it seems I need to write out all of my stories good/bad and rewrite and walk away. Work on something else so when I come back I have a fresh perspective. I could walk away from it for days to months. I am still trying to understand when enough is enough.
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