Quite simply it is the prospect of doing something that will add value to my life now and the legacy I hope to leave behind when I leave this world one day. That includes making someone's day special for them or just doing something that makes me feel like I really did something worthwhile today.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I daydream . . . A lot. I remember one day when I spent about six hours on and off inside my head. The images flow through my mind like a film reel with complete dialogue, costumes, and elaborate sets. It's quite neat actually to witness what a brain can do when one's imagination is put into overdrive. I also like to research metaphysics since I am fascinated by how the entire universe is interconnected on a higher level. It all started when I was about sixteen and read a book on the afterlife after growing up and not believing in life after death. My passion on the subject grew from there and branched off other various subjects that fall under the umbrella of metaphysics such as the concepts of time and reality, astral travel, and soul groups. My other passions are drawing manga (which I don't do enough of anymore), cooking, and playing The Sims.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I work in an airport, so I see a lot of people come in with books all the time that they are reading on the plane. Usually if a cover looks interesting, I'll ask them about their book and if it sounds good, then I'll go home and look it up to get it as an ebook. I also listen to the suggestions that sites like Kobo and Amazon give me after I've read something.
What is your writing process?
I like to think of my writing process as being organic chaos. I do not write in order and actually find that I am incapable of doing so. Usually I start with one single idea and use that as the seed from which my story will grow. From there, I just let my mind wander with thoughts of what if and write them down. Finally, once I have enough ideas and copious amounts of mass chaotic events, I weave all the scenes and plots together to form one cohesive story. It involves lots of cutting and editing, but I don't think I could be happier with any other process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real story I read was Peter Pan. I remember being a child and walking into the public library to sneak into the fiction section to check it out. My mother was wary of my tender, young brain taking on such a heavy load, but I assured her that I could read it on my own. A few months later I did, and I remembered feeling two emotions then. The first one was that of accomplishment since I had done what my mother deemed the impossible. I had finished a chapter book on my own without her help. The second emotion I felt was envy. I wanted to be like Peter Pan in the sense that I never wanted to grow up and forgo the dreams I kept with me through my childhood. However, in addition to that, I wanted to be like Mr. Barrie and write those dreams down so that I could share them with others as well. So in reality, Peter Pan started up the fire inside of me to become a writer in the first place.
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