Why I Write What I Write, #19: John Winston #WriteBitches

Happy New Year, bitches!

Our very first WIWWIW (I know, that acronym is nuts) post of 2016 belongs to John Darryl Winston. Thanks for contributing, John! It’s all yours…

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Why I write what I write.

So, I was a varsity boys’ basketball coach in Detroit a few years back. We were at an out-of-town tournament and were having a healthy lunch at Mickey Dees. I was all excited about the final installment (well, I thought it was the final installment) of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith coming out and expressed my giddiness to my guys to which one replied, “Don’t nobody wanna see that junk.” The rest of the team concurred, and I was devastated. After further inquiry, I realized that my guys had not seen any of the Sci-fi movies I had grown up on and were not the least bit interested in the genre, citing, “it wasn’t real.” Where was their imagination? I began to see this lack of imagination, not just on the court, but in their life goals and aspirations.

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A few years later, when I became a teacher, I began to observe the books my students, students of color, were reading. The vast majority were about the streets, drugs, gangs, violence, and teen pregnancy, and this literature was celebrated as being “real” and “relatable” to kids growing up in the city. I took issue with this because I was one of those kids that grew up in the city and although I witnessed some of those things, my life was richer than that. I also knew that in order to rise higher, my imagination had to be even richer. So I write to that end. I write for the boys I used to coach and the ones that came after.

I write for Antonio Drew Van who told me “I had been hoping to find a “Harry Potter” type book and series where the main character is African American and I believe IA: Initiate fills that. Additionally, I look for “Super Hero” type books where the superhero is also African American. My grandson delights in these characters on TV with European features, white skin, and flowing blond hair who don’t look like them. I have to interrupt that.”

I write for Dianna Scowera, reviewer for Readers’ Favorite who said, “If today’s kids have a need for a superhero their own age, Winston has more than succeeded in supplying it with his IA series. I don’t think there are enough African American superheroes in the comic book world and Naz could surely take the lead to fill that large gap. I’ll wait for the day I’m at another comic con to see the kids running by my table dressed up like Naz and think of you ;)”

I write for the boys in my “boys read” program who say the books out there just don’t interest them. I write for the students I teach every day who need role models to aspire to. I write for all the people out there who say there aren’t enough people of color as protagonist in mainstream stories. But most of all I write for me because at one time or another, I have been all of those people.

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About John Winston

A Detroit native and public school educator, Winston created the coming of age hero’s journey as part of a creative writing and ‘Boys Read’ program. He is a graduate of The Recording Institute of Detroit, Wayne State University, The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan and is currently enrolled in the MFA Creative Writing program at Wilkes University. He has written songs with and for Grammy winner David Foster and record mogul Clive Davis. He has been a recording artist on Arista and Polygram records, and has written and/or produced songs for Gerald Levert, Gerald Alston, and many others. Winston currently lives with his daughter in Michigan.

Find him here:

Website: johndarrylwinston.com

Facebook: facebook.com/johndarrylwinston

Twitter: twitter.com/johndwinston

Instagram: instagram.com/johndarrylwinston

Blog: johndarrylwinstonblog.com

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Why I Write What I Write, #18: Amy Sommer #WriteBitches

It’s good to have friends.

Amy found out about this series from her friend Anne Marvin, who gave us our very first post for Why I Write What I Write.  I’m glad too, because she’s done a pretty bitching job here. Thanks for contributing, Amy! The mic is yours…

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I write because it is one of the few things I do well.  I’ve written for indifferent and crazy bosses – sometimes simultaneously, often consecutively. I’ve written anonymously for friends for whom a blank computer screen elicits an almost phobic response.  I’ve written for myself when I’m all yelled out but still filled with rage and fear – two emotions that for me always show up together.  I write so that my truth can be heard and maybe lift up another’s perspective on life. I write for the possibility that if the literary stars align and I’m ‘on my game’, that maybe, just maybe, I can improve a tiny sliver of our messed up world. I write because I am a writer.

“Should I get a Twitter account and follow you?” asked my supportive husband.

“No. Thank you, though. I am more flattered when strangers follow me or comment on a blog entry.  Seems like cheating when I know the people.” So, I guess I write for strangers.

But I also write for myself. I write because I have to. Because a day without sufficient time with words and my laptop doesn’t feel like a fully-lived day. Even if my ‘screen time’ is filled with just that – staring at a blank screen – it grounds me in purpose and makes me feel alive.

I write when I am all screamed out – after the volcano of my emotion has erupted on my family and they still don’t heed my wisdom. I retreat to my screen to avoid their scowling faces, which serve as a mirror of my failure.  I write because I cannot speak or shout in a way my family can hear me.

Sometimes I whisper onto the page – to gain attention amidst the sea of screaming, bitching malcontents – both within my head and on the airwaves — in the hope that even if I cannot speak so that people can hear, maybe if I whisper my point onto the page, I will be part of the greater conversation.

I write to validate my existence. When I’m with my words, I am an independent, creative spirit. I am not a mother, a daughter, sister or spouse – I am doing something just for me and as me. I write because that is what Amy does.

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About Amy Sommer

writer, mother and worrier.

Find her here:

Website: http://www.fretforhire.com/

Twitter: @amysommer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amy.sommer.505

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Why I Write What I Write #17: Susanne Leist #WriteBitches

Susanne Leist is a fellow Brooklynite I bumped into after teaming with a bunch of authors for an epic Halloween book party we have planned. Luckily she’s nice enough to allow me to drag her way down deep to my neck of the woods and share with us why she writes what she writes.

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE

To be or not to be a writer.
This has been the hardest question for me.
Should I continue with my pursuit?
Or step away and claim defeat?
One book written.
One book sold.
It dances around on Amazon and Nook.
It reaches new heights in its niche
And then it slowly bows its head in silence.
The highs feel good and lofty,
While the lows feel depressing and sad.
Is it worth it? 
Is it worth the aggravation?
I am told that a writer must keep writing.
More books to dance around.
More highs and lows.
Should I keep doing this?

Will I keep doing this? 
Yes, for now
As I wait for the next high. 

 

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I have always loved to read books. My goal has been to write a book different than any other book that I’ve read. And I believe I have accomplished this. The Dead Game has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. However, it also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. It has plenty of romance and thrills. And don’t forget the haunted house–we must have one of these.
 
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Why I Write What I Write, #16: Brandi Reynolds #WriteBitches

We’re Back, Bitches!

Brandi is part of Jena Schwartz‘s Inky Path writing group. After a shoutout on their Facebook group (thanks for that!), Brandi got in touch with me. We had an impromptu email chat that, frankly, made my day, and she sent me this post to share with all of you. Rock it, Brandi! 

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Like a lot of writers, I think, I have been an avid reader from a young age and learned early on the power of the written word. Actually putting words to paper took me a little longer though, as I didn’t start writing until I was in my early teens as a way to cope with all the bigness and awfulness of teendom which was made a million times worse by the suicide of a close friend. Suddenly my emotions felt so much bigger than my body, pushing against my skin from the inside, threatening to burst if I didn’t find a release valve.

So I wrote. Crappy poetry, mostly, but with writing came a sense of bigness that wasn’t about being overwhelmed, it was about being connected to myself and to something that wasn’t me at the same time. Not to mention, getting the thoughts in my head out on to the page was a way to process the grief of losing a friend though I don’t know if I could have articulated it at the time. I just knew that life wasn’t so hard when I wrote.

But, you know, life moves on and I put the pen down and focused on boys and college and all the distractions of life. Sadly, even when I was writing regularly, I never considered myself a ‘real’ writer because REAL writers were other people, not messed up, geeky kids from the backwoods of Oklahoma. I treated the writing thing as a phase, a way to get through something hard, not something innate or important to my heart and soul. It doesn’t surprise me now, looking back, that the times when I’ve not allowed myself a creative outlet have been the darkest times in my life and that period of my early 20’s was probably the darkest.

My writing continued to ebb and flow over the years as I grew and matured, tried different forms of creativity, forgot about creativity, got married, got dogs and settled into grownup-hood.

Then a few years ago I discovered trail running and quickly found that I am most alive when I am covered in dirt and salt and sweat. Suddenly, I found myself wanting to write again, wanting to share with the world this wonderful thing I’d found. I started a blog and wrote what I saw other runners writing about, race reports and reviews and narratives about my training. It was nice to share these things but I still felt something was missing.

An injury to my knee kept me from running a big race and what’s the point of blogging about running when you can’t run? You can only say ‘I hate being injured’ so many times before even you get bored of hearing it so the blogging stopped. In fact, everything stopped as I healed and nursed my shattered dreams and bruised ego (oh and the knee also, but let’s be honest, the ego hurt worse).

Oh that universe, it works in mysterious ways. I found myself filling my sudden glut of free time with writing. Nothing I shared with anyone, just poems and diary entries and the silly thoughts that wound through my brain. I found myself looking forward to the creative time every day, like I was 14 and discovering poetry all over again. I mentioned to a friend that I was writing again and she raved about this writing group she was in lead by Jena Schwartz (now called the Inky Path for those that might be interested).

I’m convinced that group is pure magic as connecting with and being seen by the other writers in it solidified something in me. I never thought I could be a dirtbag trail runner and a writer of poetry or philosophy-what I call the poetry of dirt. I never thought I could marry the spirituality I found in the woods and the spirituality I found on the page. But seeing all the unique and authentic writers in the group and getting amazing feedback from them helped open my eyes to my reality: the woods are where God is and God is what inspires my creativity. They are all connected. They are all the same.

My husband asked me once why I thought I loved trail running so much and I replied, ‘I don’t know, it’s just where my soul lives.’

And writing is how my soul breathes.

That’s why I write what I write.

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About Brandi Reynolds

Brandi Reynolds is part dirtbag trail runner, part poet, part animal/envinronmental advocate and entirely addicted to Dr. Pepper. She can be found at www.anywhere-thats-wild or on instagram @brandirunswild.

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #15: K.C. Tansley #WriteBitches

First off, congrats to K.C. on her new YA book-baby! Cupcakes and cigars all around! Check out K.C.’s thoughts on writing and worldbuilding (which I totally relate to), then keep reading to learn a little something-something about her new release, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

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heartbeatwords2In 2006, I was devastated by the coming end of the Harry Potter series.  I hated knowing that I had to say goodbye to Harry and Hermione. Sure, there was that last book and I could always reread the rest of the series. (And I did.) But we would never take a new adventure together. That’s what started me thinking about writing my own series. I wanted to be able to spend as many years with my characters as I wanted and never have to part from them until I was ready.

When I started crafting the story world for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, I always saw it as the first book in The Unbelievables series. Because I like to write very specific worlds, it takes a lot of time to build them. If I only visit my story world for one book, well, that just seems like such a waste to me. Plus, I invest so much time and emotion developing my characters. I get really attached to them. I need to be able to go on new adventures with them.

For The Unbelievables series, the original concept demanded several books. I have four central families and I wanted to explore each family’s individual struggle and their role in the group struggle. I sketched it out and it felt like 5-6 books to me.

I loved knowing that I would have time to go deep into my characters. To trace their roots back generations and tell a story that began hundreds of years ago. I love the grand scale of an epic saga—showing what secrets and betrayals can do across generations. I enjoy exploring the unintended consequences of actions and how it all matters in the end. Every single action my characters take contributes to what happens in that novel and in the series as a whole.

Being a huge fan of mysteries, I realized with a series I could build a mystery into each novel and also have an overarching mystery that ran through the series and culminated in the final installment. I was thrilled to have so many threads I could weave through each book.

Even now as The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is being published, I am hard at work on the sequel. It’s great to be able to continue Kat and Evan’s story. And to know that another sequel is just around the bend.

And even when Kat’s story ends, I know that there is the possibility of branching off within my story world. I can go back generations or forward generations. I can stay in the same time and delve into someone else’s point of view. It’s pretty amazing to think of all the places I can go with The Unbelievables series.

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About The Book

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In The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, prep school junior Kat Preston accidentally time travels to 1886 Connecticut, where she must share a body with a rebellious Victorian lady, prevent a gruesome wedding night murder, disprove a deadly family curse, and find a way back to her own time.

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About K.C. Tansley

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K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #14: Alexis Donkin #WriteBitches

Alexis got in touch with me after learning about our series on Twitter, and can I just say, I found that really exciting. Thanks so much for jumping in with us, Alexis! It’s all yours…

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A long time ago, poets were so revered, it was said no one should cross them. This is because words create reality – and it is impossible to kill an idea. Once a poet unleashed his or her words, there was no taking them back. This is the power of voice – and of the pen.

When I started writing, I didn’t know what I was doing. I had an idea that had been bouncing around my skull for maybe a decade and no more excuses. I was unemployed, alone in a dark apartment. So I sat in front of my laptop and started typing. I worked for fifteen hours straight. I slept. I wrote another fifteen hours. I only got up to pee and sometimes eat. At the end of the week I had my first novel, THE BROTHERS.

Writing has always been something I’ve done, but I didn’t understand why I write until maybe my third book. I thought I was writing the books I wanted to read. In the case of THE ROLLINS PACK series, I wanted to write about werewolves – because I was tired of sparkly vamps. I ended up writing about families, reproductive justice, and gender power dynamics.

What the hell?! I found myself re-reading the books and trying to figure out what happened.

I even tried to write a “sell-out” book – a stand-alone sci-fi pulp piece for women. It’s still as popular as any of my other work. Still, it ended up with themes of consent and social revolution.

I guess I was slow when it came to understanding my fiction writing. I get my nonfiction – it’s obvious. I write it because I needed to tell people about x, y, and z. But fiction? I would start with a pulpy plan and in the course of revelation, the story would take a sharp turn into social commentary.

The glory of fantasy and sci-fi is its power to remove a reader from their context. Some might say this is escapism, and that may be true sometimes. But the truth is fantasy and science-fiction are so much more than escapism. By removing readers from their context, writers can talk about anything. Suddenly they can raise questions about technological innovation, about the nature of consciousness, of what it means to be human. Suddenly they can talk about the ugly parts of humanity – of gender roles or cultural dynamics – with impunity. And since they do this in stories, writers leave an impression. People remember stories.

Fantasy and sci-fi writers can churn out fun escapes, but they are just as likely prophets, teachers, and warriors. Fiction writers are the leading edge of human thought, pushing everyone forward, driving everyone to evolve – to actualize their humanity.

It sounds glorious when I write it like that. But it’s not. It’s not like that at all. It is full of doubt and sacrifice, sweat and tears. But I have to write. Writing is a compulsion, otherwise I would not choose this path.

I don’t know how far my words reach. I have no idea what ripples they create. What I do know, is that I write to make ripples, however small or big they may be. I can’t not. I’ve tried.

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About Alexis Donkin

Alexis Donkin lives in Southern California with her family and real life familiar. She has lived many places and studied many things. She paints, sings, and dances when she’s not writing or speaking. Be sure to connect with her and check out her fiction at http://alexisdonkin.com.

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #13: Mia Bishop #StoryPeople

I have the pleasure of running into Mia on Facebook on a regular basis. She’s that cool, kooky girl who always posts fun stuff. When she agreed to participate in our series, needless to say I was stoked! Welcome to the blog, Mia!

*PUDDING*

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Why I write, what I write? I tried to think of something profound and poetic to put my reasons I to pretty words, but the simple answer is much easier. I write what I write because I get these characters, or scenes, or dialogue stuck in my head. These crazy-outrageous things bounce around in my brain and drive me closer and closer toward insanity. The longer I hold off on writing them down the more and more they become my all-consuming thought. I dream them, I day-dream them. This has gotten me into hot water on more than one occasion.

I love deep intricate stories and smutty sex scenes, so I try my best to write exactly that. They are stories with action, mythology, moral dilemmas, flawed character, blood, and sex. Mostly the blood and sex parts. When I was younger and just getting into reading romances I would always come away disappointed, just when it was getting good and steamy the author would shut the bedroom door. I would be sitting there yelling at the book “No, wait! Give me more!” After a long time of not writing anything I decided that if I was going to try my hand at being a writer I was going to write what I wanted to read. So I write stories with gory blood, magic, witches, shifters, vamps, criminals, Gods, and smutty sex.

For one, I want to know how these stories turn out. For two, reading sex is fun (at least for me). And three, as much as I enjoy PUDDING I don’t want to be locked up in a mental institution because these stories in my head have driven me crazy.

So why do I write, what I write? As Tumblr likes to point out, I write “because kidnapping people and forcing them to act out your interesting make-believe worlds is technically illegal.”

On a more serious note, I really do write the things I write about because I love it. I have fun and for me it is the greatest escape. Besides my kids, friends, and family nothing makes me smile more, laugh harder, and enjoy life more than writing. Writing makes my soul sing.

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About Mia Bishop

Mia Bishop lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband, two boys, and enough animals to fill a mini-zoo. She writes to keep from dying of boredom in the high desert. When she’s not writing Mia can be found binge watching her favorite shows and animes, reading, or playing video games with her kids.

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #12: Constance Burris #StoryPeople

Today, fantasy author Constance Burris is swinging by to talk about what inspired her to write her books. Thanks for stopping in, Constance!

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Why do I write what I write? I could give you the simple answer: I write because I hear voices who curse at me if I don’t tell their stories. But since I have two stories published and two more on the way, I’m going be more specific and tell you why I wrote what I’ve written.

Chaos  A Short Story

In high school, I had planned on being a pilot in the military, but I got pregnant my sophomore year in college. I didn’t want to be in the service with a baby in tow, so I gave up that dream.

When the father chose not to be involved and I didn’t blink twice. I came from a long line of single mothers. They did it. I could do it.  I believed the hype that black women were strong, powerful and we can do it all alone. I learned the hard way that’s bull shit. We may be strong but no one can do it alone. So I wrote Chaos with a strong, black protagonist who was a pilot. In the end, to help her children she needed to ask for help.

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I was one of six kids raised on welfare and food stamps. Most of the kids I knew had exotic African American names. None of this was reflected in the young adult fantasy I read.  So I wrote Medusa and the other stories in Black Beauty because I wanted to see my childhood reflected in a twisted urban young adult fantasy with characters with names like Chantel, Shemeya, and Andre.

Coal

I am a big fantasy reader. My favorite fantasies are the Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore and The Hobbit by Tolkien. I wrote Coal simply because I wanted see a black boy running around the fey realm with elves, dwarfs, and horrible scary creatures.

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About Constance Burris

Constance is on a mission to take over the world through science fiction and fantasy. She blogs at www.constanceburris.net. And you can purchase her stories Chaos and Medusa here. Coal is currently available for pre-order here.

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #11: Kevin Singer #StoryPeople

This Monday, we’ve wrangled Kevin Singer into coming to the blog. Hi, Kevin! Floor’s all yours…

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Why do I write what I write? It’s a straightforward question. Over many years of writing I’ve settled into crafting pieces that contain a strong supernatural or sci-fi element. Why? Because I love the outsized, soul-shaking reverberations that genre fiction, in all its varied permutations, affords.

But for me, the biggest question is the first part: why do I write?

–I write because I’m hungry and writing is the only thing I’ve ever found that can fill this bottomless appetite.

–I write because I love words — the way they look on paper, the way they sound on the tongue, the way they reverberate in the ear. As a reader I’m dazzled by the written word and the stories they create. I hope to add just a little to the human canon of literature.

–I write because I am privileged to live in a time and a place where I have the freedom, space and ability to express myself. This is a very recent thing in my family (and human) history, and I am proud to acknowledge and embrace that privilege.

–I write because fiction is an escape for me. Books give me insight into a world beyond mine, and now I want to do that for someone else.

–I write because the act of writing has been a lifesaver for me. Writing gave me hope in one of the worst times of my life. It was there when I needed it, and I thank God for that blessing.

–I write because I want the reader to hear what I have to say. Call it vanity, but in my mind, it’s about me connecting with you in the best way I know how — with my words. Whatever I write, I’m always thinking of the best way to reach the reader. But even if I fail in that mission, I will still write.

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House of Flies

About Kevin Singer

Kevin Singer is the author of the supernatural thriller The Last Conquistador and stories including Left Among the Mutants and House of Flies, all available on Amazon and BN.com. His short story The Girl Who Slipped Through the Mirror will appear in an anthology this fall by Intrigue Publishing. Follow him at ReadByKevin.com.

Twitter: @kevin_singer

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #10: Joy Eileen #StoryPeople

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

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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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Twitter: @heyitsmejoy

Email: Joy@itsjoysworld.com

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