Writing allows you to be a creator of anything you like. Your pen or keyboard allows you to construct entire lives ... or destroy them. You can be whomever you want and however you want. The only limit is how far your imagination can take you.
How did you get inspired to write?
It started back in 5th grade. My teacher gave us an assignment to write about an adventure. I wrote about a story of two spy brothers, James and Julian Bond. There were characters that I would act out with one of my best childhood friends when we played outside. I received an "A," a piece of candy, and a sticker. My teacher told me if I kept writing I might be able to do something with it.
Fast forward to senior year in high school. I won two first place prizes for poetry and had my work featured in the school newspaper. My English teacher told me how proud she was, and that if I wanted to I could be a professional writer one day. The candle was lit!
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
I started the idea for my book The Trifecta: God Will Never Forget This Day back in 2006. I was pondering philosophical and spiritual questions one day, and something jumped in my head ... "What would you do if you discovered that you were one of the central pieces in the greatest story ever told? I ran with that question and started journaling immediately. Before I knew it, I had written a couple of chapters and a few hundred words. I sat the idea down and kept returning back to it once or twice a year. In the summer of 2014, I decided that the story was much too good to not finish it and share. This story has morphed into an intriguing thriller/suspense/drama/mystery and conspiracy novel. There's something in this book for everyone.
How do you deal with writer's block?
I haven't had writer's block yet. There is one exercise that may help, whether your mind is temporarily blocked or not.
Take out a DVD of your favorite movie and grab a pen and paper. As you watch each scene (or your favorite scenes) pause the movie and try to describe on paper what you are seeing and how you are feeling. Be overly descriptive, in ways you'd never be in writing your book.
What you might find is that you are able to place your mind in a creative mode where objects and ideas come together naturally. This exercise can be done while you people watch at a park, coffee house, etc ... try it!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
There are so many things to consider when writing, especially if you intend to reach a much broader audience. There's social media ... Which one(s) should you use? How often? Do I need a blog? Which forums should I join? and those are just some of the myriad of decision that you may or may not have to make.
Before you consider any of these things, focus on the key component and the most important factor ...Writing! Don't stop writing. Develop a well written story or idea and use that as your foundation to build upon. If you don't have good content, all those other things will only be diversions. Let them be a compliment to your solid writing.
What are you working on now?
I am still working to promote my first book The Trifecta: God Will Never Forget This Day.
I have also already started working on my next project which will be a trilogy. I am really excited about where my writing is taking me.
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