Author Interview via Serious Reading

Hey guys, so I am doing an author interview for Seriousreading.com and thought I’d share it with all of you. Let me know your thoughts. Enjoy!

Do all authors have to be grammar nazis?

-Honestly, I don’t mind a few errors here and there. There’s a certain realness within the imperfections.

If you could be the original author of any book what would it have been?

-IT by Stephen King. I personally have a fear of clowns, but the level of fright that King spins on the already creepy is pure brilliance.

What makes the particular genre you’re involved in so special?

-While I love a good murder mystery or fantasy world of sci-fi and the unknown, biographies give you that rare entrance into another human’s mind and heart. It provides that personal connection between two living souls and even sparks commonalities between two strangers. You just that certain “something” from one’s memior.

What works best for you: typewriter, pen and notebook, dictate, computer or longhand?

-I have a duo system…I like to scribble out thoughts and ideas in notebooks and then create the finished piece on my laptop. There’s something therapeutic about ink and paper before my eyes are captured by the glowing screen of my laptop.

What inspires you to write?

-Everything, this beautiful world and the intriguing humans that reside on it inspire my mind 24/7. And when I say everything I mean Everything! The other day a peanutless M&M inspired a blog I’m currently working on. Told you, everything.

Writers are often associated with loner tendencies, is there any truth to that?

-I believe there is a level of truth to this. Depending on the writer themselves, some prefer solidarity while others feed off of a more social life. I’m somewhat planted in the middle of solidarity and social.

Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long does it usually last?

-I have definitely suffered from Writer’s Block, I don’t think any writer has ever not experienced this. More times than not, the block will hit when my thoughts crash into one another like one giant mental traffic jam. The longest my mind has ever been blocked was three-ish weeks.

Any tips you would like to share to overcome that?

-The best advice I can suggest on this matter is to step away. Seriously, just put down the pen, close the laptop and step away. Go out and get a coffee, meet a friend for lunch, spend the weekend at the beach…distract your mind elsewhere and let the chaos works itself out in the background. Sitting at your desk, twirling your pen while you stare at a blank page or screen will only drive you bananas, trust me.

Do you like to read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

-I love to get comfy with a good book and caramel macchiato. I read at least one book a month, but its usually two or three. My mind has programmed itself into needing to start and finish a book within two weeks or I get bored. That would be the ADD section of my brain. I am a fan of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Paulo Coelho, JK Rowling and CS Lewis to name a few.

What is your take on the importance of a good book cover?

-I’ve always associated book covers with food, I know that sounds weird. In cooking class I was taught that we eat with our eyes first, so in the same respect a good book cover that is brightly colored or has an interesting title catches the eyes causing you to pick up the book and peruse it. So a good book cover is important, but remember, never judge a book merely by its cover. I usually read the first few pages to get a sense of the book.

Does a bad review affect your writing?

-Nope, not one bit. However, the only reason I can answer this question with a solid answer is because I have dealt with “critics” my entire life and will continue to do so. Living with a physical disorder paints a target on your forehead making it easier for the “critics” to spot you. A bad review is merely that person’s opinion. There will never be a book, movie, song, food, political view or anything in this world that is going to please 100% of society. There’s your haters, your lovers and the in between that could take it or leave it.

Any advice you would like to give your younger self?

-Keep going…no matter what storm category hits…keep going. Life gets better.

What did you want to become when you were a kid?

-A fashion designer/ drummer in a punk rock band. I fell in love with the drums as a youngster, the beats were soothing. As I got older, 8 – 9, I got into fashion. I still love both of those, my career choice just took an unexpected turn down the rabbit hole.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?

-Currenty I’m working on a series of pieces that take you down the dark alleys of a human mind that has been through the ringer again and again. Pieces discussing the “uncomfortable” topics of depression, anxiety, suicide, physical disorders, bullying, nightmares…pretty much the type of thoughts that we’re taught to keep hushed. There are a few sparkly pieces sprinkled in to balance it all out.

Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?

-My whole family is pretty supportive of my writing career, but I do have to give props to my cousin Julie. She was always the first to buy a copy of my books and has read them all as well. She is seriously the best!

Poets and writers in general have a reputation of committing suicide, in your opinion, why is that the case?

-Honestly, the entire subject of suicide and why one commits such an action is absolutely heart wrenching. I myself was suicidal as a teen, I wish that mental state on no one. I can, however, see why poets and writers have this generalization attached to them. Writing a piece, especially if it’s a very personal memory from the writer’s past, is exhaustive. It’s like breaking off a piece of yourself and sending it out into the world. The process of breaking that piece off sometimes include ripping open old scars or digging up old skeletons. Doing this unleashes a whirlwind of emotions, sometimes doing this places your mind right back into the hurt locker, the past becomes fresh again. It can become too much.

Do you like traveling or staying in?

-Both, I’m an extroverted introvert. I love traveling to different places and learning about their culture, food, fashion, architecture and meeting new people. I also love staying in. Cooking a meal, spending time with family and friends, enjoying a movie marathon or game night.

What do you do in your free time?

-Spend time with the family, go to the movies, concerts, cook, spend as much time as possible at the beach.

Did the thought of giving up writing ever occur to you?

-At least once a day, but that’s how I know that this is what I want to do. Writing challenges me, it pushes me out of my comfort zone, forces me to allow myself to be open, even vulnerable. I’m never bored.

If you die today, how would you want the world to remember you?

-I would hope that the world would remember me as the broken toy from Misfit Island who helped those who felt alone in their battles feel less alone. The broken toy who made everyone feel accepted and apart of this life. I hope to be remembered as the girl who made you smile.

How big of a part does music play in creating your “zone”?

-A major part. Music has always played a significant role in my life. I’ve burned through more albums and created more playlists than I have burned through books. I can explain an emotion through a song better than I can verbally expressing myself. Rap is my go to when I’m in the writing zone. From Macklemore to G-Eazy, NF to the one and only Rap God himself Marshall Mathers aka Eminem. My mind is able to focus and create when those rap lyrics are vibrating my ear drums.

Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or can you just sit in the middle of a cafe full of people and write?

-I can pretty much write anywhere because even when I’m at home writing I will have my headphones on. Music allows my mind to pause from the ambient sounds of the world, therefore my focus is shifted to my writing.

What weather inspires you the most in terms of bringing out your literary best?

-I love a gloomy day! Gray cloud filled skies, rain trickling down and thunder bursts popping here and there. Days like those make me want to stay in, grab a coffee, my laptop and just dive into creating.

Were your parents supportive of your career choice?

-Yes they were and are. My parents have always told my siblings and I that as long as we are happy with our career choice then that’s all that matters. They have always been very supportive with any dream my siblings and I have worked towards.

How do you think concepts such as Kindle or e-books have changed the present or future of reading?

-My opinion on this is that we are an extremely busy society and the ability to actually peruse a bookstore and then carve out time to read our new purchase is a rarity. Technology has impacted our lives greatly and apps like Kindle or downloadable e-books allows booklovers the ability to read on the go or listen to their books on the go. I think e-books is allowing us writers to survive and continue to thrive in a technological world. I myself still prefer the feel of an actual book in my hands, but I guess I’m just an old souled millennial.

Is there a particular kind of attire you like to write in?

-Jeans, t-shirt and a hoodie. I’ve always been that girl and always will be.

If you could live anywhere in the world, which country would you live in and why?

-Australia. I need sand and ocean near me, so from what I’ve seen and heard, Australia is the place to go.

Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?

-Yes I have. Writing about my dreams and nightmares aids in processing the underlying meaning.

What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?

-My dream goal has nothing to do with writing. My dream goal is to be an adorable wrinkly old lady reminiscing with her husband, kids and grandchildren about the endless memories that we’ve all created over the years as we’re decorating the Christmas tree. The dream goal is in having the honor to be a wife, mother and grandmother.

Do you blog?

-Yes, I have a couple of sites that I blog on. WordPress and Society Rebel. I enjoy blogging, it is like having a virtual journal.

Do you enjoy the theatre? Would you ever like one of your stories to be turned into one?

-I adore the theatre. My Nana and Ma’ started taking me to Broadway shows and ballets since I was four years old. The whole experience of dressing up and experiencing a Broadway production is something everyone should do at least once in their life.

If you had to pick one author to write your biography, who would it be?

-Stephen King, hands down! If my life was ever morphed into a Stephen King novel I would die a happy chica.

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