What type of author or writer you consider yourself to be?
First, I am a fiction writer. But then it turned into a lot of life writing. Over the years the blog kind of turned into a place for people going through major life changes, I’m not even sure how to categorize that? Life writing is the best way I can describe it. I curse a lot though…it’s not my most
flattering writing trait. My future mother in law probably cringes about that.
How do you choose the topic or subject matter?
Sometimes I get blocked. Other times, I get fueled and very passionate about something. Lately, it’s been difficult to sit on my hands and not write in regards to the huge political bullshit we have seemingly found ourselves sitting in. I would liken it to watching your kiddo sit down in
the sandbox and start fondling kitty shit. That is hard, there are friendships at stake, you know? I write when I find passion. Passion and disregard for judgement often result in the most favorite pieces. I
struggle with letting go sometimes and just writing how I feel. For those who know me that may sound odd, but I swear it is true. There are times Iwrite a piece and sit with my hand on the key to publish for a very long while…true story.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I love the young adult genre. I mean I love it. The sci-fi stuff and the paranormal romances…yes please. Especially for young girls and women who need a few moments to get lost in a storyline. Real life makes fiction necessary.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
My love of reading started early. I think it was probably an escape from a crappy childhood. Looking back, it was magical to get lost in another part of the world or another person’s story. I could just not think for hours. I would finish a book in days. I couldn’t put it down. I’m lucky my kids read too. Especially the littles, they both are nightly readers.
How long have you been writing?
I didn’t start writing until I was in my early 20’s. Then I put it down. I Just stopped. I had binders full of
journal notes and poetry and drawings. And I just stopped. I guess to have babies. It’s so easy to quit a passion in order to start living “real life”, however, I think it ends up being detrimental to an artist. We
always come back to it. Always. Otherwise your spiritual functionality just diminishes.
What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?
Telling stories is important. It is how our culture moves forward, by looking back and reading the stories and legends. In the case of fiction, it gives us a mental and emotional escape, it opens our brains to the
incredible power of the imagination. If we lose that, our society is in trouble. Stories are real life memories and real life encounters, even when embellished, they can spark intelligence and creativity.
You can see more of this interview in our September 2016 issue of Modelsmania