“My interest in creative writing and storytelling stemmed from countless hours engaging the fantastical and mysterious from a young age”.
Masticadores.- Why do you write?
Spelling, reading, and writing have always been inherently fascinating to me. My interest in creative writing and storytelling stemmed from countless hours engaging the fantastical and mysterious from a young age. I understood books as curious gateways to captivating new worlds, and I always had an inkling in the back of my mind that I someday hoped to craft interesting visual landscapes through the medium of the written word.
M.- Since when do you write? Was there a specific moment that prompted you to start writing?
Throughout my life, I have always circled back to my oldest passion in writing at different intervals. Still, it wasn’t until the summer of 2017 when my grandfather’s health began to fail him, and I took on a caretaker role to help his transition during his final stages of life, that I truly began to wander the vast assembly of personal experiences and thoughts collected over a lifetime, particularly those embedded deep in the DNA, and tapping into those past lives to inspire my creativity. It was this realization of my mortality through my ailing grandfather that fully turned the ignition and put fire to my passion for writing.
M.- In your daily workday, how much time do you spend writing? Do you have a ritual before facing the blank page?
Much of my time allowance in writing comes from my advantage of being an at-home parent to my children. I try to divide my day between activities for them, home and general life responsibilities, engaging and interacting with my wonderful Twitter audience, and writing. I’m usually able to dedicate a few hours to write in blocks of time versus all at once. I find this useful as I stress less over my other commitments because I’m allocating time for them. Keeping myself caught up in other areas allows my mind to focus on the writing and the writing alone when that block is available. I would also not say that I am necessarily ritualistic in my writing. Still, my preferred method of tapping into my creativity is most often by way of brooding and sullen music. I find that I can transfer that emotional energy onto the page.
M.- Are you a compass or a map writer?
A compass writer, hands down! This is where that transference of emotional energy from my “mood tunes,” as I like to call them, comes into play. I find myself ambling my feelings until the words present and assemble themselves in a sense.
M.- What would you like to review about your literary work?
I might say that my work is most often a catharsis of my existentialism, layered in ambiguity so that readers can take and receive what they need without my author’s voice in their head. My pieces are largely philosophical, and my hope is always that my words impart something special, touch their heart and soul and leave them curious enough at the ambiguous nature of the piece to come back, again and again, to discover new meaning in the visuals.
M.- What do you think about new technologies as instruments for the writer. Do they help or hinder?
As an indie author whose work has been consumed and reviewed mainly in the technological landscape of the writing community on Twitter, I have to concede that technology has provided a new convenient means of reach that has been previously unavailable to writers. I’ve seen my books crop up in almost every major market in the world with little expense to me solely off of the unwavering support of my Twitter followers, and I am eternally grateful for that.
M.- Publishing in digital, does it change your methods of inspiration or work?
I enjoy publishing digitally. I love the convenience of the ebook, and I know that many others do as well. The bulk of my book sales, however, are paperback. There is a psychological association for most of my readers who are very often pre ebook era with the touch and smell of paper. The sensation of touching the material, the emotion of dogearing your favorite page to revisit later, these associations simply can’t be imitated digitally, so I like to create both versions to accommodate the reader’s preference.
M.- Do you think that accessing the reader who reads on a tablet, computer or mobile phone, in different spaces, for example, train, bus, metro, can help you be more read?
Emphatically, yes. I circle back to the idea of convenience, and being able to offer readers the option of an ebook is of great value to me. It’s a means to an end, but everyone wins. Readers can enjoy my words through their preferred medium, which means the world to me because the words are being read at all. At the end of the day, that is the desired result.
M.- Do you think that, during The Pandemic, loneliness and isolation influenced your network of contacts? Did your readers increase?
As near as I can tell, the space that I engage with readers is as busy and meaningful as ever. I wouldn’t say that I contribute that to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but rather the love of words and creativity from those that I interact with. Connectivity is the key, plain and simple. Share the work of your peers, applaud their efforts with kindness and rally them in their achievements. There is no quick road to success in that landscape, show up and embolden hearts, and you absolutely will receive in kind. I currently have seven books available on Amazon, and I continue to slowly garner reviews and purchases simply because I do the same for my peers.
M.- Self-publishing or editorial? Do you think there are still misgivings in contemplating desktop publishing to publish a work?
I believe that self-publishing is one of the greater gifts the modern era has offered the literary world. How many incredible works have gone unnoticed, fallen through the cracks, or been passed over because publishing houses “didn’t get it?” The dream of being traditionally published by esteemed institutions remains steadfast in the hearts of every creative, mine no exception. Still, we are now able to take matters into our own hands. In a case such as mine, where I’ve graciously attained a warm and generous assembly of online followers, I’m able to use that space to offer my efforts to my audience and pay things forward as well. And as I mentioned previously, as an unknown indie author in the great and vast world of literature, I’ve had the good fortune of seeing my books find their way into the loving hands of incredible beings across the globe.
M.- Do you think Masticadores’s bet in the search for that digital reader is correct? What’s your opinion about it?
Absolutely, yes. Online publications are certainly paving the way for all of the underdogs who might otherwise not be getting an opportunity to have their voices heard a chance to share their efforts with the world.
M.-Participation as a writer in Masticadores, is it being positive? What has it given you?
Participating as a writer in Masticadores has been an invaluable experience! The reach and engagement that they have with their readers are uniquely immersive and rewarding. My work has found new audiences that would have otherwise been unavailable to me, and I’ve gained a wealth of new followers to my online media as well. New supporters that I can, in turn, encourage and enjoy their work.
M.- What would you say is your hallmark as a writer?
I often say that my work is an effort in layered ambiguity. True, I always know the nuances and deeper meanings in those layers, but what I find fascinating is the interpretations and significance beheld by the reader. I enjoy receiving notes from my followers that detail how each piece spoke to them specifically.
M.-Tell us about your latest project. Are you working on a new one today?
My latest project to date is an anthological effort by myself and eleven other writers from across the globe entitled “Midnight With Words: Late Night Conversations in Poetry.” Proceeds from the book’s sales will be donated this year to the ASO, an agency in Ontario, Canada, solely devoted to serving those with Asperger’s Syndrome/ASD Level 1 and their families. Beyond that, I continue to write daily but have no immediate writing projects in the works.
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