Angrily: A short story (Author Interview)

'Angrily,' looks like a great mix of personal and fictional story.  Any plans for a follow up or series?
I’m not quite sure if there should be a follow up. I feel the story ends perfectly, and does not need any further development. Moreover, the story is based on personal events, and the book ends sort of where my life is at right now.

What do you think makes a great story?
Being absolutely in love with your story is what makes a great story. If there’s any doubt in what you write, it will be noticed by others, thus affecting a potentially great story. Raw and personal emotions are a great way to convey the main message of a story. Characters that will stick with you for years, because of something that makes them stand out. There really isn’t a correct answer. Great stories are felt in the heart.

What inspired you when writing 'Angrily?'
This was a personal journey for me. I’ve been wanting to share this terrible experience with others, I just wasn’t sure how.  I thought about doing it through poetry. Instead, I chose to incorporate my poems within the book. There were so many routes I was going to go with this, but what truly inspired me was my niece. She is the light of my world. She’s 11 years old, and just to think that what happened to me, can happen to her upsets me. And that was the emotion I felt while writing the book.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?  Full time?  Part time?
I thought it would just be a one time only deal, but numerous ideas are coming to mind, and I’m going to continue writing for as long as I can.

When did you decide to become a writer?
When I was 22, I was drinking heavily, and I was getting myself into all sorts of trouble. I felt depressed and hopeless. One day, I just wrote about it. Since then, writing has been my coping mechanism; it makes me happy.

When writing 'Angrily,' did anything stand out as particularly challenging?
Angrily deals with some sensitive issues, including rape and self harm. Recounting certain events was extremely uncomfortable for me. Even trying to proof read that particular part of the story was very challenging.

What do you like to do when not writing?
I enjoy anything paranormal. I love horror movies. Im also a great cook; its a stress reliever. I love experimenting with different flavors.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

As of now, there’s not much about me since this is my first book. However, I’m already working on a second story, which will be a novel, as opposed to a short story. 

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