What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
This is my first children’s books, which is so surprising to me, not that I would stop writing inspirational and Poetry books, but it was because of all those Dr. Seuss books mom read me, that began my love for poetry. Now I hope to inspire and spark a light in the children that will have that story time with their parents, to perhaps be a writer, illustrator, or Storyteller.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
If I can’t get a first line, I get instant writers block, even if the outline, and ending are there, I can’t roll till I have my first line, and once I do, there’s no stopping me.
Were you a troublemaker as a child?
No, I really had issues with mean or bully type kids,
DO you enjoy theatre? Would you ever like one of your stories to be turned into a play?
I love theater, and yes I would, I love shows with a message.
What weather inspires you the most, in terms of bringing out your literary best?
Fall, actually my first poem ever published at age 10, was in the local paper, where I compared the changing of leaves to the differences among people.
What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
Subject matter. The possibilities are endless, even in non-fiction, which is also in my genre wheelhouse, there is so much room for diversity, and where you want to take each particular journey, because to me that’s what stories are, journeys.
What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
The genre plays a big part in this answer, but if I had to generalize I would say character development, not Just your main character, but their must be interesting characters so the story keeps a good pace.
What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
What’s that saying “You only get one time to make a first impression.” I think it needs to grab attention, either by color, picture or a Title leaving you wondering, wanting, or something unique but clever,
Do your novels carry a message?
Yes even in my first children’s book, I believe a strong positive message can only spread hope and perhaps even a smile, the world is complicated books are a way to go where you want, and you get to choose where that may be.
Do you read any of your own work?
Actually I do, since they are inspired works, including my poetry, there are days I need strength and encouragement, head for those sections, rejuvenate and keep going.
Which book inspired you to begin writing?
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. It affected me in a way I didn’t expect, it made me think of other cultures, beliefs, and the strength of women in general, it was profound, and I have been touched by Asian culture ever since.
They say books die every time they are turned into a movie; what do you think?
For me I think the complete opposite, I find most of the time they lose the heart of the book and characters, to appeal to a larger audience, and after seeing a movie made from a book, I usually reread the book to feel the writers heart and ideals in the original plot and characters. Proving you can never duplicate someone’s true vision, close, but for me, no cigar.
Now when you look back at your past, do you feel accomplished?
I do, but not in the literal sense of this context, I am humbled, at been given the opportunity to fulfill my dream, touch lives, make a positive difference, and have someone writes me a note, or sends me a thank you, I cry, because I know that’s God saying to me, “Thank you for listening and allowing me to use your vessel.” For me it’s the accomplishment I was put here for, my purpose. To me,- that is worth all the money and gold in the world.
Do you think you still have a story to tell to the readers?
I absolutely do, and I think everyone has a story to tell, and I will have a story to tell till my last breath. I love telling others stories, I think share the good, the bad, the joy, the sorrow, that’s what unites us, gives us strength, and keeps us united.
What did you do when you wrote your first book?
Truthfully, I cried with my family, screamed, and got myself a Tanzanite ring that I always wanted.
Do you believe you have done enough to leave a legacy behind?
Actually I do, my old friends, new friends and family know that for me God comes first along with His message of love, hope, respect, kindness and forgiveness it took a long time to get this far and there is always further to go but I am humbled, and grateful for my many blessings, even during the really hard trials.
How do you think your writing style has changed over the years?
It’s become more about things that make a difference, than just about sunsets across the country and how the each made “Me” feel. it’s more about the” us and we,” and less about the ” I and me.”
Do you think the charm of public libraries has toned down much in the last decade?
Sadly I think they have, I use to love spending rainy days reading in the library, seeing what interested people, and though doing our own thing, we were all doing our own thing together.
How long do you take to write a book?
This is a funny answer, the ones I finish, 3 months, sometimes less, the ones laying all around the house, well there’s your answer.
Do you blog?
I did, and I loved it, I think it’s a great way to get you feet wet to see if you want to take your gift, talent, or passion, further.