Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Well, I’ve been writing poetry for 19 years. As a child, I had a hard time expressing myself. I said very little; I was the “shy, quiet, good girl.” I didn’t know what special talent I possess. I was born into a family of athletes and musically-inclined musicians and singers. My brother was the athlete, and my sister was the brainiac. However, I could sing a little, but it was nothing to brag about. So I was the “black sheep” in my family. I just didn’t “fit in.” One day, back in 5th grade, I just began writing. I didn’t know what it was. It wasn’t until high school where one of my professors discovered my craft of poetry. Though, I couldn’t verbally express what I was feeling. It was a relief to unload on a blank piece of paper how I was feeling. I was amazed; I had a gift. It was all mine. I’ve been published in a few literary journals, anthologies, etc. I’ve even entered in a few contest even though people sneered at poetry. Some even looked at poetry as a joke or a means to an end. But my love for poetry has only grown stronger over the years, my first and only love. I continue to write poetry and share it with other like-minded who share the same vision I do; poetry is just as important as a novel or any other literature. It deserves to be acknowledged, respected and cherished too.
Tell us about your books.
“Little Girl Blues: Existence of an Image” is my first published book of poetry. These poems take the readers on a journey through the eyes of a child to adolescent years. The child starts by questioning the familial molds while struggling with her identity. Transitioning into the teenage phase, the individual continues to break not only familial but societal conjectures as well. You will empathetically witness the emotional rainbow of emotions. Creating and discarding multiple masks and personas, the individual searches frantically for the purpose of her existence.
How did you go about getting published?
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I don’t particularly have a time or place I write. I just write when the inspiration strikes me.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I listen to music, play with my dogs, play video games, watch anime, etc. Also,
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Francessca Wingfield is the lady who did my book. She’s on FB; she’s awesome, great to work with, and understanding. She does pre-made and custom book covers. I strongly recommend her; she made my vision come true.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
If you don’t know how to market, I would advise network with other writers, authors, join writing groups to get some ideas. That’s what I did. It’s helped me a lot.
What’s your favorite book?
Don’t have a favorite book. I just love to read.
What are you reading now?
Nothing right now.
What’s your next book project?
Within the next year or so, I will publish another book of my poems.