I am a first time author. From early childhood I have always enjoyed the process of developing and telling the stories that came to life in my mind. Recently, I started to write down some of those stories. I hope you enjoy my offerings to you. Peace.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the state of New Jersey. When I lived there the East coast provided a myriad of cultures and ethnic diversities that were not fully realized in other parts of America. The influences of these varied peoples helped me to understand that even though we look different on the outside, we are all the same inside. Everyone wants is to be loved, cared for, needed (at times), to have, and be a friend to others.
Being raised in a culturally enriched environment gave me an appreciation and love of all peoples great and small. Especially close to my heart are children. My belief is that they are gifts from the Universe. It is the job of the Elders to ensure they are loved and taught the difference between right and wrong. So the cycle of life continues with an eternal positive spin.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing love and romance short stories in my early adult years. However, I never believed they were good enough to publish. I wrote them down mainly to make space in my head for other stories to form. I would on occasion share some of those stories with close friends.
I also loved to tell oral stories. I have the ability to make up a story usually with just a sentence, in some cases, just one word. That skill really came in handy whenever I volunteered to babysit for friends and the children started to get bored. We would tell stories. It worked very well especially when I would insist that they provide input to keep the story going.
Anaya misses her Daddy very much. She was just 4 years old when he died in a horrible accident. All she has left of him are those life lessons he taught her, and memories. A ceremony to remember those who perished in the accident is approaching. This is a story about an eight year old, who must decide if she wants to speak publicly at the ceremony. Will she do it? If so, what will she say?