I won’t give up, no matter how bad I feel. If I believe in something, I will keep on fighting.
What’s your weakest character trait?
Lack of faith in myself, which is criminal because I am the most blessed person that I know.
Why do you write?
I never thought I would be a writer. I have written poetry since I was 10 years old, but I never thought I would share anything I wrote with anyone. In those early days, I wrote because I needed a way to see myself clearly, to see past my own perception and writing, especially when I would go back and read what I wrote later, felt like an out-of-body experience. Words were the keys that unlocked what I was feeling and made me able to understand it. When I have a chance to write in my journal, it’s still like that.
For my published work, I write because I’ve been given a story that I feel is worthy of sharing. I write to give the characters life and a voice to speak their truth.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Absolutely! I love the way the words become more than the sum of their parts. If you’re able to combine them skillfully (or truthfully) enough, they come alive.
What motivates you to write?
Getting to the truth of a scene or a character. If I can do that, then I know I have done a good job. That is my most sacred measure of success as a writer, my ability to express the truth of the characters that have chosen me. Whether or not I have given the reader enough evidence of that truth, so that the work resonates with them is my second measure of success.
What writing are you most proud of? (Add a link if you like)
So far, I am most proud of the second book in the Order of the Seers trilogy, titled The Red Order. I could tell from the first chapter, that I had become a better writer.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
My marriage and the family life we create for our children. Up until I met my husband at 31, I never thought I would find the partnership and love that I have with him. Even when I did find it, I doubted my own ability to sustain the courage it takes to be married. We’re in our 8th year of marriage and I’m really proud of the wife, mother and woman that I have become.
What books did you love growing up?
Though I read a lot of Judy Blume growing up, I first fell in love with literature after reading Alexander Pope’s poem Rape of the Lock. I was 12. It’s about a man so obsessed with a woman that he cuts off a lock of her hair to keep as his own. It sounds simple, maybe even silly, but what Pope does with that poem is epic and funny and absolutely brilliant. I ran home and read that poem to everyone in my family. It opened me up to the magic of words.
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author is Toni Morrison because I can see, hear, smell, taste and touch everything she writes.
What book genre of books do you adore?
I’ve never been a person who paid attention to book genre. I would go into a bookstore and just start picking up books and reading the back. If I liked the cover and the description on the back, I’d buy it. And, as a reader, I am still that way. If someone recommends a book to me, no matter what genre its in, if it sounds interesting, I’ll read it. Right now, I am listening to Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly, reading Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour and Trice Hickman’s Looking for Trouble and just finished my first ever graphic novel called Twisted Dark by Neil Gibson. After that, I hope to start on a submarine warfare account called Blind Man’s Bluff.
What book should everybody read at least once?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X really touched me. I read it in one sitting while I was in college. To hear one man’s story of how he went from a loathsome, angry person to someone so filled with love and hope for the world was just awe-inspiring.
What would you do if you held infinite power in the palm of your hand? Part One of the thrilling Order of the Seers trilogy poses this question within a story that fuses action, mystery, romance, and adventure in a science fiction novel that keeps you at the edge of your seat. Captured and enslaved for their extraordinary gift, a group of individuals, known as Seers, are forced to serve a ruthless world organization that uses the power of the Seers to exploit the ultimate advantage: knowing the future. While a brother and his Seer sister fight to evade the group that hunts them, an unlikely captured Seer, plots his escape from within the organization and sets off a chain of events that will change the world.
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Genre – Science Fiction
Rating – NC-17
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