When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer?
I don’t specifically remember having a ‘ah ha’ moment, but the bug got me somewhere in my mid-teens when I began to expand my reading arsenal and found that I really enjoyed the creativity of putting a story together. That is, exploring and playing with literary devices such as: metaphors, similes, imagery, symbolism and other tools that make writing engaging and entertaining.
Is being an Author all you dreamed of, or did it just happen? The best and worst thing about it?
Yes, I dreamed of being an author for a very long time. The best thing was chasing the dream then finally seeing it realized by holding the published book in my hands. For an aspiring author, there’s no other feeling that can compete.
The worst thing was questioning who did I think I was to write a book?
What made you create (your book)? How did it come to you?
I wanted to test writing a novella, as I’m pretty good at expanding a story line into a novel. So that is essentially what made me create the book.
Who is your literary hero?
I admire many authors. However Enid Blyton will forever be my literary hero. It was through reading her books that I fell in love with both reading and writing.
How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
I’m often asked this question and find it intriguing, because in all of my writing, I use the human condition, or human experience when creating characters, many of which have traits of someone in or out of my circle of friends and family.
Describe your main character in six words.
Young, independent and will overcome adversity.
Describe the world you’ve created in six words.
A world of adventure and possibilities.
What scene was your favorite to write?
The scene I most enjoyed writing was where Jonah beat the crap out of the boys who were assaulting Adelina. Jonah is an easy-going and likeable guy, who, as a teenager has nerd-like qualities. I needed him to step up when Adelina was in need of help and the fight scene shows another side to him - his masculinity.
What scene was the hardest for you to write?
The most challenging scene to write was when Adelina and Jonah spend a day together, where she shows him some of the sights in Manhattan. I had to be careful not to describe the scenery as if I were writing a travel review.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on four novellas, which actually came about after I plotted the outline for ‘Lost In Manhattan.’ I’m also working on a sequel to an already published novel, ‘Whisper of Lies.’
Goals? Accomplishments? Improvements?
My goals are to focus over the next year on writing a series of standalone novellas and complete and publish the sequel to the novel, Whisper of Lies. As regard to improvements, I’m a life-long student, so I’m always learning new techniques to develop my writing style.
Are there any authors or books you recommend?
I recently read a novel ‘Chasing Happy’ by author Laurene Bobb-Semple that was a lovely read. I recommend it to readers who enjoy contemporary romance.
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
I enjoy curling up with a good book when not writing, or watching a movie, though I’m most likely writing a scene in my head! J