Do you have any advice to aspiring writers?
Undoubtedly Yes! Friends and colleagues are often stunned when they learn that I have written a full-length novel of publication quality. Many ask how a single mother working full- time demanding job and completing her doctoral dissertation can also tag on writing and published a book. What I always say is, everything is possible with dedication and (most importantly) with passion and vision. For those people who have a story in their minds that they would like to develop into the book, a story, a novella, or what -be-it, I advise them to start small and begin jotting notes on paper, or on a laptop, outline app or whatever method is most suitable. The most important component or writing, I believe, is jotting down those first thoughts about a story and then reshuffling those notes into a well-thought out outline. That is probably the hardest part, but once it's complete then a person has a concrete path to follow. Finally, anyone who perhaps thinks that they do not have the capacity or talent to write will never truly know the true talents one harbors until they try. Aspiring writers should dedicate well-crafted outlines and most importantly, they should never become discouraged by others who may think they are a bit 'nutty' for trying to write a book Many people asked me what credentials or training I had in creative writing when they learned i was writing a book, and i would respond 'none' only to find quizzical and questioning faces staring back at me. Nevertheless, I knew how to write using correct grammar and I knew how to tell a story well, so in essence, we all have the potential to become excellent writers of fiction or other genres as long as we believe in our abilities and we dedicate time to our passion for writing.
Good advice for new writers.
In your debut novel, sweetest Taboo, Is there a favorite? scene, character? Would you want to meet the character in real life?
This is such an interesting question, and a difficult one at that! I have had quite a bit of feedback on the characters from my readers, all that make me want to develop character interviews for each prominent character in the story. readers seem to want to know more, to get to the bottom of why certain characters did what they did. I suppose if I had to choose a favorite character, i would choose Liz. Although i love bot Isabel and Tom for their stead fastness during times of extreme danger, I really love the loyalty that Liz shows for her best friend Isabel. In spite of the circumstances, in spite of being questioned by police, in spite of so many pressures, Liz does not waver and comes to Isabel is one of the things I love most about this story. We often see so much rivalry among high school aged girls, and a friendship that endures even under the most intense pressures. one of my favorite scenes from the book is when Liz convinces Isabel to return to their high school. In this scene, we see Liz offering Isabel her support and her protection should any rumors or gossip ensure about Isabel's relationship with Mr Stevens. Had it not been Liz, I think Isabel would have attended the rival high school and likely never gotten back with Mr. Stevens.
What would that character say to your reader?
Well, I think many readers would ask why Liz instigated or supported Isabel's relationship with Mr Stevens, and rightly so. Liz, being as free-spirited and full of life she is, would say that Isabel really liked Mr. Stevens, had a crush on him and that Mr Stevens clearly liked her back so why not? However, I think Liz would also say that she only played match-maker because she felt Mr Stevens sincerity, and she knew in her hearts of hearts that Mr Stevens was sincerely into Isabel (as opposed to just wanting to have an affair with a student for the fun of it). Liz also Isabel's closest friend and Liz does think she knows Isabel better than anyone, so Liz would also defend her match-making position by saying her friend did not like high school guys and was really into older guys and Mr Stevens fit that bill perfectly.
Can you share some of the interesting bits on your new book coming out? What can we expect, sex, violence, murder, mayhem?
Although I did not intend on 'sweetest taboo' being part of a series or trilogy, I decided that my next literary project would embark upon the story before the story, so to speak. Readers really want to know what Isabel was thinking when she became intimate with her school coach, they want to know what Isabel was thinking when she became intimate with her school coach, they want to know how she could have gotten herself into such a mess that involved the authorities and potential prison time for Mr Stevens, the man she loved most. So what I am doing is writing the prequel to 'Sweetest Taboo' which explores Isabel's childhood and early adolescence as an immigrant in a Los Angeles suburb. Readers can expect complex and somewhat disturbing revelations, some violence, and definitely some tears. Then of course, there is the sequel to 'Sweetest Taboo', where readers will learn about Isabel and Tom's journey after high school. The stories I weave will always include trails and tribulations, but they will also include redemption and hope.
I would love to read what happened to the two.
Do you have anything specific you would like to tell or share with your future readers and followers?
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