Zari is a Freelance Writer/Author (and single mom) with a B of A in Mass Media Communications & English from Rhode Island College and a permanent residence now in sunny Tucson, AZ. An aspiring journalist turned corporate executive for many, many years, an unexpected diagnosis, in 2001, of child-onset schizophrenia for her then ten-year old son changed everything and sent life into a tailspin. In 2005, after four anxiety-ridden years, Zari realized the only way she and her son were going to be able to deal with his illness head-on was if she worked from home where she could be hands on all of the time. So, she gave up the executive rat race and turned her life-long love of writing into a full-time home-based career. A leap of faith that could have gone either way, it was obviously the best choice to make and she has never looked back.
Now, heading into the second half of 2013, Zari plans to dive head-first into her self-publishing endeavors, adding two more additions (alongside “When Love Is a Lie”) to her Amazon Bookshelf – a memoir about her son’s amazing life (and their journey together) and also a fictional novel about the end times. be sure to stay tuned!
What inspires you to write?
Projects. Ideas for projects. My son. Politics. On any given moment, I usually have a choice of what I can be working on. For example, right now I have three books that I’m writing…one is finished and I’m fairly obsessed with polishing it still, another is about 1/2 way complete, and another is a 1/4 of the way through. I also have the blog TheNarcissistPersonality.com which I started for my book that just came out on Kindle (“When Love Is a Lie”). It’s now getting traffic so I have to keep it up which means writing at least one new article a day. Then there are contests that I see here and there which I keep meaning to enter. I sit in front of the computer screen for no less than 15 – 18 hours/per day so I’m always surfing and reading and that gives me plenty of inspiration on its own.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t have a process at all. I guess you could call me a seat-of-the-pants writer. As soon as I sit down, I type. Usually, it just flows out of me according to what I’m working on. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t get stuck trying to perfect certain things or sections because I do. When that happens, I have to get up and walk away or I’ll sit there on one paragraph for an hour and that’s not productive. I’ll go to the store, play with the turtle, talk to my son, make a phone call. I forget all about it for a bit and then, when I sit back down, it usually just spills out exactly like I wanted it initially. I don’t use special software at all – just Word. I mean, unless a piece of writing software is going to actually write for you, I just don’t see the purpose. I mean, what else would you want it to do?
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m actually working on a fiction novel for Kindle about the end times or the end of life as we know it due to a blast/bomb of some sort although this is never made clear in the book. What caused the devastation is actually not important at all to the storyline. The story is told through the eyes of two young woman, one a teenager and the other in her thirties, both living states apart and experiencing the nightmare in two very different ways. I won’t give the plot away but the variable that connects them is a journal.
When I was much younger, I used to write fiction like it was nothing – I had notebooks upon notebooks filled with stories. Then I just stopped and I started reading and writing non-fiction. Something about the “reality” factor, I think. Then, about four or five months ago, I surprised myself by sitting down and just typing out the first line of the story I just described which is “The devastation was really quite remarkable.” And then I just ran with it until I actually had a plot going. I thought of a young girl and I named her Anais and then I thought of an older girl and I named her Rachel. And I have a picture of each girl in my mind. To tell the story, I go back and forth, alternating chapters from one girl to the other. But, to answer the question, I don’t talk to the characters but I do play the scenes in my head like a movie so I guess you could say “I listen” to my characters when and if I do write fiction. I’m looking forward to finishing the story and getting it published, of course.
What advice would you give other writers?
I used to read the same thing over and over in advice articles from top authors – they’d say, “write everyday no matter what it is..just write.” I’d think, well, what if you had nothing to write about…I’m not going to just write nonsense on a page. But now, I see what they meant because I do write every single day – all day long – and I have definitely improved three-fold over the last few years. When I started proofing and re-reading certain paragraphs of “When Love Is a Lie” and it would make me teary-eyed, then I knew I was getting better. It doesn’t happen often but it did with this book . There’s one paragraph towards the end of the book that takes up a whole page and it’s just this one long run-on sentence – all commas and phrases and it just goes on and on and on and then it ends. I love it. I don’t know where my head was at when I wrote it but maybe I was a little angry or bittersweet or sad but it’s perfect as one long run-on sentence just the way it is. I wouldn’t change a thing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve been a Ghostwriter for years. There are many Kindle books up and running that I have written but other people take the credit for. I don’t have a problem with that at all. But suddenly I thought, I need to get my books out and that is what I am doing write now via Amazon Kindle and also through CreateSpace. CreateSpace is amazing because I finished reviewing my files and gave the approval for them to send me proof copies on a Friday night and by Thursday I was holding actual copies of “When Love Is a Lie” in my hands. And they looked beautiful. But what happened? I read my own book (the proof) and then sat down and banged out almost another 100 pages so I’m doing the process all over again for the print. I realized I hadn’t said half of what I wanted to say.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is where it’s at and I think Amazon will probably always be #1 as far as being the King Pin. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know, but I am truly grateful for the opportunity to feel like an author and it’s FREE. That is truly amazing. For $10.00, I was holding five print copies of my book in my hand. So, I have to hand it to Amazon for leveling the playing field and giving everyone a fair shot.
What genres do you write?
Self-Help/Relationship; Memoirs/Autobiographical; Fiction/Drama
What formats are your books in?
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