I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, moved to Brooklyn, and then Queens, New York as a young child, then later moved to Central Florida with my family, where I still call home. For twelve years I’ve worked in administration and management, security surveillance, and temporarily in immigration law. I’m a freelance writer for Demand Media Studios with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and “Blind Sky” released in 2014 is my first book. I would like to travel more, as my destinations so far include Bonn and Cologne Germany, and Paris France. I enjoy tea, reruns of Sex and the City, all Marvel Comic book movies, yoga, and trying foods from different cultures.
What inspires you to write?
I’m passionate about writing and enjoy creating stories and characters that may be sparked from an event that took place, current/past news, life experiences, or just whatever my imagination conjures up.
Tell us about your writing process.
The writing process for me is non-technical. I don’t use outlines and generally just write as an idea, storyline, or plot comes to me. Usually though, I have an ending in mind which helps manifest the story for me by knowing which direction or journey the characters should experience and go through.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The characters generally have a voice in my head, so I tend to work off that. I haven’t had the experience of talking to my characters, but their voices are distinguished enough for them to have developed characteristics.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t give up. Writing is subjective, so what may be great to someone, may not be another person’s cup of tea, but if you believe in your work, keep going and know that rejection is part of the process and not the end.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sent submissions in to many traditional publishers, and after numerous rejections I decided to try something else and consider other options. I researched a lot on the submission process and found a site, myperfectpitch.com by Brian Grove. This site provides a lot of information for authors on new publishers or publishing companies accepting unsolicited submissions.
After sending in several submissions, I received offers from 3 different publishing companies to publish my work. I chose the one best suited for me, my current publisher, Biblio Publishing. The road was long and sometimes very difficult, but worth it. I would encourage and advise new authors to explore, try and think out the box when thinking of publishing. Everyone’s journey and experience is different, and there is not one set way to achieve success, so try different avenues and new ways to publish or promote your writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With the advancement and continuous change in technology, doors are open more now than ever for aspiring and new authors with the dream of publishing, which is awesome, so it can only get better from here with more options and ways to publish.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
YA fictions, fantasy, science fiction, action, suspense, romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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