I reside in Detroit, Michigan. I attended Wayne State University where I majored in Fine Art (BFA). I started writing seriously in college and it was not easy because I became tangled in this new world I was creating. Writing has become a major part of my life and still takes up a lot of my time but I greatly enjoy it. I am also an Artist. My two passions keep me very occupied.
What inspires you to write?
I discovered how fun reading was at the age of 12. My favorite book was a fantasy novel and it was an escape from my mundane magic-free life. For years I only read books but I could feel this surge inside of me, wanting to create my own stories. Books free me, free my mind, give me an escape, a peak into another world. I want to give that gift to others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I guess I make outlines as a part of my writing process. I consider it like anatomy. First, I make the skeletal structure and build up from there. This is roughly my process because it is subject to change midstream. To create my skeleton I do a series of voice recordings and type pieces out on my computer. I like to know what direction I am traveling in and the skeleton helps along with random brain storming sessions. Then I start putting on the meat. I hate that reference but that is how it works for me. I jump around thickening up various parts then connect them together.
So to clarify, I use a skeleton to arrange my scenes, then I fatten up the scenes, working all over, and then connect them together when appropriate.
I want to add that my introductions are a whole other process story. Generally, I am nearly halfway finished with my entire story before I decide on a proper introduction to the story. The intro is so important that i work on it continuously.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Before my story really goes anywhere I have to solidify my character’s likes, dislike, flaws, quirks, personality, and look. Otherwise, my story isn’t stable enough to write. If I don’t define my character I can’t tell how things are going to go or how my character will react in a situation. Once all that is fleshed out, I become sort of an actress playing the role of my characters: I often speak my dialog and story-line out loud. I would not say that I talk directly to them but once I make a character I give them a soul and then we inhabit the same body. When their story ends, it only ends on the paper. My characters are all with me still living their lives. And now I sound crazy.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read often. Read diverse books. Books outside your usual genre. It is a great learning tool.
Do not write in a certain genre just because it’s popular. Sure it is good to do research, study the market, and capitalize where you can, but its better if your heart is in it completely.
Do not give up or be discouraged.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went through stressful months of researching big publishers. It was worse and harder than writing the book. My brother told me about Create Space. I am so used to doing things myself that self publishing really appealed to me. It wasn’t easy at first because I had to format over 50 images but it’s a piece of cake now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t know what the future will bring for book publishing. I haven’t thought about traditional publishing in a while. Print On Demand serves a big market for those that do not and cannot get traditionally published. And of course, there is a new arena with the digital market. We are here now watching history. What happens in the next few years will define book publishing altogether. Personally I love POD because it gives me a medium and a voice. I want to share my work with the world and it’s a great platform.
What genres do you write>
Young Adult Fiction, General Fiction, Magical Realism
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print