At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Books have always been a portal in my life. For the first part of my youth, I read to escape and to have the types of adventures which are available to a young imagination through fantasy and myth. As I grew older, I discovered vast storages of wisdom which had not been included in my formal education and my horizon spread. It was at this juncture, when knowledge began to alchemize into wisdom that I committed to acquiring the skills required to being part of a group of people who were capable of contributing to such a unique form of enlightenment. That seemed a wonderful path in life to embark upon.
Tell us about your current release.
My debut novel is entitled, “Mirror Face.” It is the first in a series of three books and follows the life of a young woman named Ursula Baker. The story is an intimate re-counting of a very tumultuous period in her life, as she finds herself paralyzed by how out-of-control the people closest to her have become. One friend is lingering in hospital, battling the effects of HIV/AIDS, while the other has descended into an obsession with Lady Gaga, fuelled by a crystal meth addiction. The story tries to capture the challenges which accompany close loyalties, especially when those demands are at the expense of the individual being exposed to undertows which begin to threaten their own safety.
What is your heroine of the story like?
I wanted to create a story which reflected the lives of people I had met and known personally, but I did not wish to invade privacy, nor loot personal experience for the purpose of a compelling narrative. Ursula is a composite of many people I have either known personally or through others, third-hand and admired or been attracted to. Ursula Baker is a young woman, bright and of great means, who throughout the novel is struggling to discover the boundaries of love and personal loyalty, in a sincere fashion which challenges both her understanding of life, as she expected it to resolve from childhood notions and also from the perspective of a clever person overwhelmed by choice and possibility.
Why should we read your book?
“Mirror Face,” is a carefully constructed novel which enfolds the reader into the psychic landscape of its very relatable heroine. I truly believe there are valuable life lessons in Ursula Baker’s story and any reader, no matter their age or preferred reading genre, will find the story both compelling and emotionally resonant.
What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?
Never losing sight of the fact that writing is an unfolding process. Whatever emotional challenges may arise from the commitment to creating an engaging narrative, be they time or focus, the endeavour of creating, then marketing a book in the Digital frontier is full of serendipity, compelling people and moments of tremendous pride in what has been achieved. Remain patient and enjoy the process.
Tell us about your next release.
The second book in the Demands of Loyalty series is entitled, “What She Deserves.” It is another short novel, told in a de-constructed fashion which includes journal entries, letters, grocery lists, poetry, horoscopes, playlists - all assembled to continue the story of Ursula Baker as she attempts to find happiness living off-grid in the isolation afforded by mountains.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you?
As a writer, I absolutely love this quote from Annie Dillard’s, The Writing Life. It not only speaks to the mystery of a writer’s intention but is also beautiful advice for the way in which we structure our own personal relationships. I refer to it often:
If my writing style were a love-child, it would be a hybrid of a modernized Jane Austen and a more optimistic J.D Salinger. I wanted to create a breathing character, one with whom readers in the YA market could easily identify but instead of phasmagoria, my character would be challenged by an excess of option and the conflicts inherent to loyalty.
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In Mirror Face, we meet a young woman of means named Ursula Baker. As she struggles to secure the balance between life experience and sensibility, we descend into her curiosity for a world she is so fascinated by. The novel is told through a series of inter-woven reveries, which explore what it means to love and live with purpose in a challenging, complex society. Will Ursula be able to secure her niche in life, when her closest friends are threatened by the consequences of their dangerous and out-of-control lifestyles? One friend has lost all ambition to become a singer/songwriter and has descended into a world of amphetamine and an obsession with Lady Gaga; another lies in hospital, battling the effects of HIV/AIDS. It will take conviction to be of assistance to those in crisis but will this strength be at the expense of something Ursula needs to maintain her own sanity?
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