the author of the month. Not because she is sky rocketing past everyone in the speed that her books sell. Everyone always wants to interview the next hot thing in order to either drive their own sales up or to drive traffic to their websites again to drive their own sales up.
That was not my plan as I went through the authors I have read recently. In reading her books and though I am not done, I found consistency. I found a story that I can connect with. And I found that it made me turn my new book that I was bringing out into a series. Why try to cramp a story as big as I had into a tomb which few would want to read. Well here is an author that inspired me and I hope that her story Inspires you.
What is my reason for writing?
The driving force behind my compelling desire to write has led me through a sixteen year odyssey that has resulted in The Torn Trilogy, which is now and probably always will be my most defining work. The Torn Trilogy is approximately 1200 pages of literary nonfiction that contains three complete works that are in actuality, my life in words, memoirs.
The question expands to Why did I chose to not only write with such passion and drive, but why did I chose to write memoirs?
Several powerful forces were at work that provided the impetus that led to my lifetime commitment to writing, each of which involves nature and nurture. I was born with a natural talent for language and communication, which was honed and developed through my post elementary school years as I won essay contests almost effortlessly. My first contest was won because I was in a rush to go to lunch and threw together an essay in less than twenty minutes, winning first place and a cash prize along with front page mention in the local news paper. I became more aware of this talent as I won more contests, but I did not intend to ever become a writer as a youth, I simply loved to read. My tastes in authors spanned the range of several Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1939 Pulitzer Prize) and John Steinbeck (Nobel Prize, 1962). I read Rawling’s The Yearling when I was nine years old and Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath at age twelve; still one of my favorite books.
In spite of my love of books and reading, it was the natural forces of an unnatural life that propelled me into this career as a writer. My early childhood was marred by instability and abuse that was interrupted by kindly aged relatives who in effect, saved me. My loving aged family provided a stable life for only a short while, as they were very old when they ‘took me in’. The deaths and imminent deaths of my caretakers, led me to make rash decisions that resulted in serious domestic abuse; a marriage to an abusive man at only sixteen. In 1987, during an unseasonable rainstorm, I was forced to flee for my life with five dependent children in tow when I was only twenty-nine years old.
The long arduous, uphill battle for survival led to the creation of Torn From the Inside Out, the first of my memoirs, with The Journey and Out of the Maelstrom following. The complete Torn Trilogy was a writing saga in itself as it took a total of almost sixteen years to complete. The Torn Trilogy was completed in November of 2011.
I used all of the talent and insight at my disposal in order to craft this work because I wanted The Torn Trilogy and each of its component books to provide more than a simple story of a difficult life. Throughout history, the culture of each society creates art forms that remain long after the society and the individual members of a society are gone. The literary masterpieces become timeless classics that inform, educate and inspire generations to come. Good literature leaves a message behind that leads to a better understanding of humanity, a more civilized view of man versus man. The Torn Trilogy is designed to appeal on a broad level and the message I hope that is leaves behind for all time, including the present is to be kind to each other. The most important thing a parent can do for children is to provide a stable home and a safe life for them and the home must be violence free in order for these children to grow up as healthy adults.
Entire civilizations are affected by individual families. The children of today become the adults of tomorrow, the new civilization. World peace does not start out there, somewhere that is hard to define: it starts within homes, one family at a time.
I chose to write in one of the most difficult styles literary narrative nonfiction, because it is also the most compelling for the subject matter.
What kept me writing?
The purpose of the writing was a driving force, a life passion, a fire in my soul.
What advice would I give for new authors and what should they expect?
The publishing industry has changed dramatically over the last few years and is changing so rapidly that the new independent author must keep up with those changes and innovate, keep up with what is going on in the market and meet the needs of the market. If the author is committed to writing, then he or she must commit to marketing as well.
I have noticed a trend in self publishing that I would avoid: much of what is self published is not refined, the plots are thrown together and the characters are under developed, the writing is choppy and repetitive; although the gems in self publishing are out there too. There is a lot of impressive talent among the self published new works if you can find it.
Readers are intelligent people, I would advise new authors to remember that fact and challenge themselves more. Create the best work in your field, refine it and find the best market for it, then market it like a madman or woman.
How did I go about creating characters?
Since my works are nonfiction, I did not have to create them, but I did have to present them in an appealing fashion that allows the readers to see the strengths and weaknesses of the charters and how they developed as people. It takes psychological insight to see into people and to assess their motivations, including characteristics that lie beneath the surface. I am a lifelong student of human behavior and as a result, psychological insight is woven into my narratives.
What books do I have coming out later this year or in the future?
My plans are to write at least twenty more books before I die (smile); hopefully some decades away.
I have a book of fiction that I will release in a few weeks under a mysterious pen name (I will not divulge the details) that is more of a marketing experiment.
I have another serious nonfiction trilogy coming out in a few years that will have a broad humanistic and political theme. I am an activist, so expect some serious controversy in the contents. In addition, I will be releasing a book on schizophrenia and mental illness in the near future.