I wanted to read a novel that would give me hope and motivation, uplift me, without being sappy or full of propaganda. I did not want to read gore, or negative themes without good reason. I was disturbed by the books I tried to read, so decided to write my own. I want readers to feel good, entertained, and reminded of their own strength and potential for total happiness, despite obstacles. Books leave seeds in our minds and affect our mindsets and how we see the world.
Life has harsh realities, but hope and determination help us overcome them. These are the themes in all of my books. I want to leave my readers with hope and remind you of your power and freedom as a human. My characters face suffering and hardships, but always with hope and potential.
My books do contain evil characters and imperfect characters, just as life does, but I also include the good people with strong empathy as well, which our world also includes. It's important to remember we have both.
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I started writing as a little kid. My teachers complimented my stories and other kids were excited to hear mine. In our library at school, we had a beige plastic bin of kid-made books (made with markers, printer paper and three staples). I was fascinated with these and sat on the floor in between the shelves and read the whole bin many times. The other kids didn't think these were cool, but I loved the fact that kids could actually write stories themselves.
In high school, we got extra credit in English if we entered the school-wide poetry writing contest. The first year, I won it. And the second year I won it and got third place. Because of that, I chose a writing-focused major in college, communications with a journalism minor. After college, I did unpaid internships and worked at the mall, same type of job as in high school, until I could slowly begin entry-level jobs until eventually I got a writing job at a vitamin company.
I did that for a while and then decided to freelance on my own before working for an agency. Then it hit me that I really wanted to work with people and become a life coach. I was conflicted about taking the plunge, because I didn't want to throw away the writing career. But then after years of not doing it, and debating myself, I just had to finally do it.
Luckily, I realized that I was still doing a ton of writing. My website, blogs, articles, and my own PR writing to get my coaching mentioned in magazines etc. I loved hearing clients true thoughts and feelings, their goals, their roadblocks, their inner struggles, and being able to be a rock for them through the ups and downs, writing down maps of where they were and where they wanted to be, all the while asking questions -- advice rarely works well. We have our own answers and just need a bit of attention and understanding to really grow and take off.
Anyway, I started to become aware of what sociopaths and narcissists were, after some unfortunate relationships, after which I studied the dark triad constantly and for years. Understanding this helped me understand the good and evil that do exist in the world.
Then I became horribly chronically ill for a decade, from too much stress plus bad luck moving into a super water-damaged apartment that lowered my immune system. I suffered like crazy, and had to crawl my way through it. I won't dwell on this part, but due to not being able to do normal things anymore for a long time, I started wanting to read a good book, but was disappointed the ones I picked up were sad or gory and putting me in a worse mood at my lowest point.
I felt I couldn't trust novels because they might zap the tiny bit of hope I had. So, I started writing again, to ensure the books did have hope and would not leave me feeling worse!
Violet was my first novel, which I started in one blank book and decided to just see where it went. I filled up a bunch of blank books by hand, and then...wow a novel! It took forever to type it up, so I wrote the next one, Karma, on the computer. Sadly, being so sick I was unable to edit or proofread them for many years. I could do creative things fine, but proofreading was too intense for my foggy brain.
During this time, I also started reading mainstream research to finally understand what was up with my symptoms, learned to make plant medicine, and followed one super-strict health protocol after the next, so I have a lot of respect for natural healing.
I recently began to write The Oracle Ring and The Machines when I saw Kindle had a chapter-by-chapter option, which sounded exciting.
My goal is to bring what I've learned about suffering and happiness to my characters, as well as my knowledge of dark triad personalities, and also personality types (which has been a passion of mine for two decades), while creating stories that would increase hope! I will never be perfect at proofreading, so if you ever notice a typo in a book that bothers you, please message me here. I care about my readers comfort while reading, and I know typos can ruin some people's day.
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