Today goes to author (and massage therapist) Joy Eileen. Thanks for stopping by, Joy!
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In all honesty, I’m not sure what compels me to write. When I was little I would get in trouble for scribbling in the dark when I should have been sleeping. I wish I could say, I have come a long way from when I was little. Scribbling genius quotes in the dead of night only to wake up to pure nonsense in the morning, but that would be a lie. Characters, situations, lyrics, and other odd things would crash into me. The only way to get rid of them was to write them down giving the thought the attention it demanded.
Some of my love of writing comes from my love of reading. My favorite thing is to become immersed in a book. My eyes may not thank me for it, and punish me in the morning with bleary vision and black duffel bags under them, but I can’t stop once I’m hooked. When a sentence is so perfectly constructed that I will reread it over and over again just to wrap it around my soul is something I strive to read and create.
Although I’ve always enjoyed writing (so much so I received the writing award at my eighth grade graduation) I didn’t journey into writing my first book until three years ago.
My first book collided into my brain and refused to relinquish its hold until I put it to paper. In it I was able to describe, in my words, why dragons, ogres, and other mythical creatures that are so enthralling still to this day were created. When I got close to finishing it, I freaked out. That book was, and still is my baby. I fashioned a whole new world that was mine, and I didn’t want people to pollute it with their negativity.
The only way I can explain my freak out is to describe it as when you have a child, if they do something weird you can say it was the other parents genes that made them do it, but this was my own, and nobody else. All the judgment would go directly toward me.
I stopped writing my YA and started a whole new project.
A little under three yeas ago, I started Breaking Faith a NA Contemporary Rock’N’Roll Romance. I, like most people on this earth, have a shaky past. I realized that I still hadn’t completely let go of those demons.
As a therapeutic exercise I made my past into a story. I decided to give all the awful things I had went through to someone else. I let them hold the burden I no longer wanted to lug around. Faith became that person, and to make sure she could handle it, I gave her the strength she needed. Now because I am a hopeless romantic I had to bring in a love interest that challenged her into realizing how strong she really is.
Because of my love for the written word music also appeals to me. My musical taste varies but Rock’N’Roll has always held my heart. Rock’N’Roll is the purest form of music around. The lyrics and songs aren’t as micromanaged as other musical genres in my opinion. I mention artists and songs throughout the book that were on repeat as I wrote Breaking Faith, in hopes to share music with the readers.
I do the same with books I have read. I obsess and want others to read something that has touched me. I know I am not the only one that wants to wrap themselves in the written word, and snuggle under it like a blanket fort. I just hope that someday someone will read my books, and allow the words to wrap them around themselves, and take something significant from it. If not, just writing for myself is enough.
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Joy Eileen is a born bibliophile who becomes deeply engaged with her characters, and has devoured more books than she would like to admit. She becomes obsessed with happily-ever-afters, and will read any genre that fulfills that requirement. Evading the library is something she has been known to do, because after befriending the characters returning them would be a heartbreaking event. Books are held hostage on her bookshelf, and any author that makes her ugly cry becomes her sworn enemy. Nicholas Sparks is one of the many on the list of villains.
As a massage therapist, most of Joy’s stories come to her while working. With the sound of classical music, and snoring from a half covered hostage, characters are created. The victim (massage patient) has no idea that while their body is being manipulated, Joy has traveled into distant lands creating landscapes and inhabitants as she goes. Her patients should be wary as sometimes they are pulled into her stories and turned into characters. Hero or Foe? Well, that depends on how they tip.
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