If you asked my mother this question, she’d say she knew I’d be a writer ever since a third grade project in Ms. Gibson’s class when she had the class write and illustrate our own little books (they were cute). It is true that literature, writing and art were my favorite and strongest subjects almost since I can remember. I’d say I truly began to write on my own terms for myself in high school (mainly poetry) and I even went to college planning to get a creative writing degree (which ended up working out a little differently, but that’s another story). My love for writing novels took hold around my senior year of college.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about writing that they may not already know?
This is a great question. One fun fact is that some of the character names and original names for creations in the book are rooted in the Turkish language. That’s because I spent the first few years of my life living part of the time in Turkey (and Turkish was actually my first language).
Also, people always ask if I write to convey a message to readers. No, I don’t. However, I write to work through life’s ups and downs, so there are certainly experiences, emotions and ideas that I’m always pleased to hear readers can identify with or understand.
How has the industry changed over the years?
I’ve read that years ago, it was much easier to publish traditionally (meaning via a publishing house) and likelier for an author to make a living that way (while indie publishing was less popular from the consumer standpoint). Now many authors feel the path of traditional publishing has become more difficult to access. There is a school of thinking on this that big publishers are investing more funds and backing for fewer authors and stories, in order to fuel blockbuster successes. That being said, many authors still pursue and prefer that route. Meanwhile, there has been a shift in balance, where indie publishing is becoming much more accepted by consumers. It is an exciting time to be an author, as there are so many possibilities; hybrid authors are even pursuing both traditional and indie methods. Of course, eBooks have also had a big impact as they offer a faster and less expensive method to reach readers.
What inspires your writing?
My writing comes from an overactive imagination and a spiritual need to work through life in the form of storytelling.
What’s next for you?
I need to get through the editing process for the third book in the Obsidian Series because I can’t wait for readers to get into the third book… there will be many revelations. Then I can work on the fourth (and likely final) installment in the series. After that, I’ve got a list of many potential projects I can’t wait to tackle! =-)
Describe writing in 5 words or less
As vital as breathing
What social media do you use?
I use Facebook and Twitter mostly, but you can also track me down on Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.