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When did you start writing?
In 2020 I finished my first manuscript, after starting scores of stories all through high school. My serious effort sprang from sheer desperation—I was severely depressed and writing became a silver lining, a mental health exercise, and an escape. Since then, I completed a second manuscript and finally became a published author in 2023!
What makes writing your passion?
If someone reads what I write and feels seen, finds comfort for their trauma, and gains renewed hope in the midst of suffering, then I know all my hard work will have paid off. I write about dark topics, and I’m passionate about shining light on those places.
How long have you been writing?
As a more serious endeavor, I’ve been writing about 4 years.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
An adrenaline rush, for sure! I went away for the weekend knowing I had about 10,000 words left and lacking any idea for the proper ending. That was a special time and I was thrilled to see how everything came together!
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I don’t have time for writers block! I have six kiddos, three of whom I homeschool. So having any time to write at all is a miracle. And when it’s time to write, I just show up and see what happens. However much or little I can accomplish is a gift. And yeah, it’s frustrating sometimes to be interrupted. But it still works, somehow!
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
Honestly, whenever I get a text from a reader or read a review of my book, I’m so floored that my words can bring life to people.
If I could offer any advice, I would just encourage writers to do it for the reader. Make your writing better, because that will make it possible for your books to reach more people (especially the picky ones!). Keep close to those for whom you’re writing, and don’t ever lose the heart of your story, because that’s what will connect with your readers and maybe even help them feel something true and beautiful. Invest in educating yourself, for sure, but also stay close to the human experience of those for whom you write.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Much of my novel “A Voracious Grief” comes from personal experiences of grief, depression, and family trauma.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
I resonate with Ambrose a good bit. I’m the eldest in my family, and being an overbearing sibling might be one of my deepest regrets.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Absolutely! I make most of my reading choices based on either a recommendation from a friend or the eye-grab appeal of the cover.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I love talking to readers! I want to know what they like, but most of all I want to learn their story.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Who is your favorite author? Why?
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?
What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.
What would you say to your readers?
Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?
What is your day job if you have one?
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
Did you have a happy childhood?
Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?
Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?
What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?
If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?
What is your favorite music?
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