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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

About the author and artist

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Talking about myself is not a strong point for me, but I guess I can say a little bit concerning my role as author. For me writing is a creative outlet that lets me momentarily escape from reality.  I thinks it’s good sometimes to just let your mind go. Writing Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel has been a mind-expanding process for me.

When I started writing it, I had no idea I was going to actually turn it into a book. The more of the story I wrote, the more it seemed that I really had something to write about. Then I was overcome with the desire to share my story with others; well sort of. I hadn’t actually done any creative writing since I left college, so as my story was developing, I remained very hush hush about the whole matter. I did’t want anyone to read it until I felt I had something to really offer the reader.

Working with my brother-in-law, Eric the artist, was challenging because I didn’t allow him to read the story. I provided him with a simple summary and detailed descriptions of how I imagined the characters. I know this sounds crazy, but there was reasoning behind this decision. I wanted to see if what I was writing was coming across the way I intended it, or if I was writing something that only made since in my head.

I was more than pleased with the images my brother-in-law was able to come up with.  He captured as much of the characters as possible, given that he had very little to go on. He also seemed to pick up on elements of the book that I never even mentioned. I am especially pleased with the image he drew of my two main characters standing by the water. This particular scene does actually occur in the story, but Eric had no way of knowing that.

While I cradled this first project and kept it very closed out, I plan to be much more open with the follow -ups. I think it’s all a matter of confidence; before I finished the book I didn’t really believe that I could do it. Now that I’ve finished and released my first book, I have nowhere to go but up. I will continue to write and improve. -Day 39 complete.

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