Here’s what Spotlight is about; it’s an interview that promotes you! It will feature questions that are formatted to your needs. Questions will be focused on your work, upcoming work and some personal [but not intrusive] questions for your fans to get to know you more!
Share with us some of your interests I love everything that has to do with the ocean. If I am not locked away writing, you can find me in the Florida Keys, fishing on the flats on in blue water or at the beach, soaking up some vitamin D.
What makes you the person you are? This is a very interesting question. I think what makes me who I am is a love for life and really living. I never want to regret something that I didn’t do. So I will try anything once, enjoy the little things and live life to the fullest. That makes me the happy, optimistic person I am. Also, what balances out my life is writing. I is my outlet and brings my a peacefulness I cant get anywhere else.
About your writing;
When did you start writing? This one is interesting for me to answer. Honestly, I think I was eleven when I wrote my first poem and continued writing poems and in online journals all the way through the end of high school in 2006. For some unknown reason to me, I just stopped after that. I guess you can call it a huge writer’s block. It really wasn’t until this past January that I started writing non-fiction stories, my novel, and poetry again.
What inspires you to write? Previously, my inspiration came from severe depression I experienced as a teen. Now, my inspiration comes from random places in my life. I find that I am happier when I am writing and try to do it whenever the moment strikes me.
How has writing change you as a person? Yes, completely. I am so much happier now that I have found my true passion in life.
Adding something else;
If you spend the rest of your life in a novel or novel series, what novel would it be and why? Easily, Harry Potter. I would love to live in a magical existence as a student of Hogwarts, I mean come one, who wouldn’t?
Share a couple of your favorite things and or things you like? I love the ocean. Anything that has to do with it: boating, the beach, fishing…there is something so soothing to me about it.
What couldn’t you live without? Writing and the water, they are two things in my life that keep me sane
Have you read anything that made you think differently about writing? Cry, the Beloved Country. It provoked such emotion with in such a way that I will never forget. It was the first book that ever made me cry.
How do you stay confident in yourself especially by putting yourself out there in the internet world? I just let myself remember that I write for myself, if others enjoy my work too, than that’s a pretty awesome perk.
How do you handle rejection? What advice can you offer to moving past it? I don’t ever think of rejection as a bad thing. It’s a challenge to do it better next time. Not everyone is going to have the sane taste or vision or even like my writing and that’s ok because everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? I myself are an aspiring writer, or at least just now moving into the writing world for the first time. All I can say as advice is just sit down, write, edit and share. It’s nerve racking and so worth the reward.
Featuring your work and or upcoming work;
Tell us about your book [s] I am currently editing my debut novel, Crashing Back Down. It is a new adult romance book about a young widow trying to keep living in the wake of the tragic death of her husband. When their best friend moves in to try to help her with grieving, both their worlds get turned upside down all over again.
Who is your favorite character and why? [If you can share without spoiling your work] My favorite character is the sexy, military man, Walker Eastman. He’s kind hearted but slightly damaged from a rough mysterious past and the death of his best friend while they were both deployed.
What character do you hope readers understand? Walker. He tries to do the right thing, always having good intentions, even if they’re misguided
Do you have a favorite part of your own book (s) ? I haven’t decided yet, since in editing I keep falling back in love with every part all over again while working on it.
Choosing a character or even yourself, can you give us a sample playlist of music that would follow said person? The whole of Crashing Back Down’s playlist would be a medley of James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, 90’s boy band pop.
Have you had trouble writing about any of your characters? Not yet, but I’m sure I’ll come across a snag eventually through this editing process.
In your book (s) what had been the hardest challenge you’ve faced so far? Having confidence in the story line. I love my story but I was worried others would not feel the same. Luckily, my beta readers have helped in my confidence.
What do you to for marketing? as if writing now, I’m just using social media…facebook, twitter and my blog. Once I am actually publishing, I will explore a wider range of marketing myself and work.
What are you working on now? Crashing Back Down, two short story series: The Hysterics and The Saloon, and lots of poetry. I try to stay pretty busy.
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