1. What had inspire you to start writing?
I had to literally flee for my life with my five children in 1987 and in 1995, after having struggled with the burgeoning issue of trauma ridden teenagers, one of whom was suicidal (& almost homicidal), I decided to write about the awful ordeal that was our lives and Torn From the Inside Out was born. It took almost ten years to complete it; The Journey and Out of the Maelstrom followed (another six years).
2. How old are you when you started to write?
I was about ten when I first received compliments of my writing and I was twelve when I began to win multiple essay contests (Effortlessly). I had one teacher who was adamant that I 'become a writer'; although I began to write seriously when I was about 38.
3. Which genre are you good in writing at?
I can write in any style, but I am best a literary narrative nonfiction, since I am passionate about the causes I write about.
4. Which genre do you have found difficulty in writing?
I am not inspired to write fiction-so little drive there
5. How did you get the idea for your book, "The Torn Trilogy"?
The first book sort of evolved into the second because the issue was so broad. Domestic violence affects every member of the family, both male and female children and it affects their development and how they deal with problems , how the see the world and how they form relationships- in addition it is also a strong determinant in addictions and violent behavior- in short-it is a 'whopper', so the second and mot difficult book was about the children of Torn From the Inside Out., entitled The Journey. This was the most difficult book I will ever write-it took over three complete rewrites, to perfect and it is the largest volume of The Torn Trilogy.
6. How many books have you published?
I have published (self) The Trilogy in separate volumes and chaplets-counted separately,about 20; singly counted 3 books, 1 compilation and three booklets.
7. Among your stories, which one do you prefer writing the most?
Although the Journey was a difficult book- Out of the Maelstrom was fun to write; in fact some of the stories were funny. The book itself is about abuse victims in the context of a global perspective and it tells some serious and tragic stories of individuals I encountered as a professional. The reason it was...The reason Out of the Maelstrom was easier to write that Torn From the Inside Out of The Journey, is because it was less personal and I could apply the universal picture to the case studies, in effect globalizing a situation to fit the human condition. I am an activist, therefore, Out of the Maelstrom was empowering and flowed easily. It took only 23 days to write (250 pages).
8. What made you start writing about Non-fiction?
The questions are pretty much answered in the previous replies....how did I decide to write nonfiction? The principle of writing 'Write What you Know' applies here. I know this subject and I am impassioned about it.
I spent almost a decade as a domestic violence trainer and public speaker and I have not only been exposed to the issues that I write about, I know how much society must be retrained and made aware of family dysfunction. The awareness is built into The Torn Trilogy unobtrusively, so that the reader may read for enjoyment, and become more aware and educated as a result.
Schindler's List is a good example of what I want to convey-the movie did more for awareness than any amount o lecturing ever could and Torn is designed to do the same.
9. When you had encounter writer's block, what would you do?
I have never really experienced writer's block...I can write nonstop about almost anything....blush...well, it is true. I can rattle off verbally nonstop as well...just a gift.
10. How did you found out about Wattpad?
I was searching for more outlets in which to promote my books....and voila!
I was reading interviews of other self published authors and one mentioned Watt Padd.