The greatest joy of writing to me is the possibility, and I guess the ability, to be able to help people. I would like to think that my writing, if read by the right person, could have a monumental and meaningful impact on his or her life. All I would like to do is be able to say that for even just one person out there, my story made a difference in his or her life and made him or her realize something that never occurred to him or her before. I would like to inspire, educate, and enlighten with my writing, and knowing I have the ability to do that is the greatest joy for me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The possibility of new things happening. It's as simple as that for me. I feel like a lot of us go through life looking for something specific that is "a reason to get out of bed" each day. Why? Just the possibility of learning something new, trying something different, or seeing something unseen is enough of a reason for me. Each day is a new day to be as productive as possible and gain something.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to be a normal teenager :) I'm a workout fiend, I love cooking, reading, and just hanging out with friends. My motivation and inspiration to write this book was purely that I thought I could help others, and while I work on little things like poetry and short stories, for the most part I don't write on a full-time basis.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about my chocolate lab named Chai who was the most beautiful and smart dog in the world. She died quite a number of years ago when I was young. She had a heart condition and had a heart attack right in front of my mom and I on an absolutely beautiful summer morning when I had just rolled out of bed. We were the last ones to see her alive. The basis of my story was really just a dog's life through a dog's eyes. I tried to imagine myself in Chai's head going through all of the little aspects of her day to day life. When I read it now it was silly and quite simple, but it always brings a tear to my eye seeing that beautiful dog again.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing little journal entries for as long as I can remember. I still find old diaries in my room where I would write the beginnings of short stories, short poems, or just write words that I didn't know the definition to, with their definitions attached just so I would never forget. Writing has always been a stress reliever for me just as playing an instrument, or sports, etc. is to other people. I find that I get so easily absorbed into writing and reading and it quite literally transports me to a different universe. Though it has become more complex with age, this has always been a part of who I am.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is really simple, it's me, wide open.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It allowed me all of the tools to create my own success and the flexibility for me to insert my creativity without the hassle of large corporations and book producers trying to hinder it!
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Let me invite you to take a walk with me as I reveal to you a side of me that few have seen. Let me tell you of an impossible fight I have endured and grapple with daily so that you may understand and, hopefully, sympathize with once my story is told. That story is one of anorexia.