About Toni Verticelli:
My name is Toni and I'm originally from Daytona Beach, FL. I've written 3 eBooks so far and am looking to publish the book I am working on in hardback. I'm a single, hardworking mom with an amazing kid that loves to write as well. I am the secretary for the Courtney Anne Rice Performing Arts Scholarship, sing and perform with other local performing artists in my area and genuinely enjoy communicating with people.
What inspires you to write?
I was inspired by my 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Beachy. She recognized that I had dyslexia and VERY patiently worked with me and encouraged me to write. She went so far as to submit a short story of mine to a local paper's Halloween contest, and I proudly took 2nd.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to write everything that pours out of me and then go back once the "well" runs out and make some sense of it all. I MUST have classical music playing on low in the background. Songs with lyrics playing while I write mess with my dyslexia and make it much harder for me, but silence makes me anxious. Classical music steadies my nerves and provides a calming balance for everything to come out.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Every time I sit down to write, I read everything first from the very beginning. Doing this puts me back in that world I'm creating and yes, in my head, I do tend to converse with my characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep at it and don't give up. We all fail sometimes, and the only way to learn is to fail or be rejected. Write everything down, no matter what gibberish you write, you can always go back and make some sense of chaos later.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Since I was a first time author, I chose to publish my first books as eBooks. I am currently working on a book that I want to get published in hardback.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books are making a comeback, both in paper and digital. Story tellers have been around for centuries, and even if they don't sell much or people stop reading as much, the world is always going to need people to write down the stories and histories.
What genres do you write?: Satire, Poetry, Light Erotica, Fantasy Fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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