I’m celebrating the rise of writers through a series of fabulous interviews. No longer will we write in isolation when we have the power of the internet to bring awareness to who we are, what we do and why we do it. Let’s get acquainted…
What do you do:
Mother, Author and aspiring Screenwriter
Why do you do it?
My first and most important job is being a mother to two amazing children. Growing up, I knew that above all, I wanted to become a mother so that is and will always be my number one priority. To make sure that they grow up to be happy, healthy, strong humans that contribute positively to society. That is my biggest goal in life.
My second job, which surprisingly started out as a hobby while first pregnant, is writing. I had written my first book over the course of five years and have recently published it. Now that project is finished, I am beginning my second book, as well as my first screen play.
As said, writing originated as a hobby. To help pass the time during my pregnancies, to keep my brain busy and not wonder because I am an over thinker and stress easily about literally nothing. (seriously, ask my husband or my mother. They will both agree). Writing has allowed me to escape reality when times have been tough, as well as allowed me to release any locked up feelings that I have had over the years.
I guess that you can say instead of straight-up journalling, I turned my feelings into a novel that I think many others will relate to.
What has been your biggest breakthrough?
My biggest breakthrough would have to be when I first published my book. Growing up, I had been told by other students in class that I would work hard all my life and be a nothing. By writing my book and publishing it, I not only proved to myself, I proved to those people, that they were wrong. That I am a someone and I will go further than they and myself ever imagined. This book was just the beginning.
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge so far is learning HOW the writing and publishing works.
Going into this, I knew nothing of the industry. Heck, my grammar was terrible enough, let alone knowing what my next steps were concluding writing. I don’t know big fancy words or how to use them in the right context, nor do I actually understand half of what my editor told me along this journey as she likes to use words that are half a mile long.
But I do know that even though this has all been over my head, it has interested me enough to take the time to learn it. It might take a bit longer but I’m slowly catching on.
What is your favourite book and why?
It is always hard for me to pick a favourite book as it continuously changes as I grow and develop myself. Not to mention, my mood plays a big part in deciding on a favourite as well.
Lately, my favourite series would have to be the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. I’m not sure that I even have to explain why as most people who have read it understand why they are incredible. For those who haven’t read the series, I will tell you that J.K Rowling has a way of taking you into a whole other world that will capture your heart and soul. She takes you along a journey that embraces friendship and loyalty, kindness and appreciation of the little things. She has a way of writing that keeps you from putting her books down and if there’s a day where I end up writing as well as she can, I promise to write the next best thing to hers.
What are your three tips for aspiring writers?
Three tips that I have for aspiring writers would be:
1) Don’t worry about where your story is headed. If you have a rough idea of a story, that’s all you need to get started. Start writing and don’t over think it, just write and see where you end up.
2) Write as often as you can. Even if it’s for half an hour here and there. The more you do it, the easier it gets.
3) Never underestimate yourself. You might second guess yourself and your work, but if you keep on pushing and have faith in yourself, your work will fall into the hands of the people who need it most.
Where can readers connect with you?
I currently have a Facebook page called Dandelion Wishes. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will answer any questions through either of those. You can find the book on www.lulu.com for now and before too long, on amazon.com.
Images provided by Leteisha Anne.