Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a spoken word artist from California and I published Snake Season when I 22 years old. Writing has been my passion for over ten years and I have been previously published in magazines such as “The Larcenist Magazine”; “Miracle E-Zine”; and “Aaduna”.
When I was 10 years old I started writing songs, then when I was 12, I started writing poetry and from there everything fell into place.
When I was 15, I won my first poetry competition and was featured in the school newspaper along with attending a writers workshop. This was one of the best experiences of my life because I got the opportunity to meet real authors who signed my poem “Psyche Confession”.
From 2012-2013 I was Poet Laureate for LoneStar College.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Snake Season is the name of my latest book and what inspired it was my thinking over how substance abuse affects not only individuals- but families. I think it`s important to discuss why substance abuse is so prevalent among our society and I hope that this book strikes people to talk about it more instead of ignoring it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
That`s an interesting question. I never thought of me having any unusual writing habits but my question is: isn`t writing in general unusual? I mean, not everyone can pick up a pen and just spill.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Top favorite authors of all time are Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, John Donne, Oscar Wilde, and Emily Dickinson. Sylvia Plath`s writing style has influenced me because of her haunting-like character development in her poetry.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a sequel to Snake Season, a poetry manuscript and a memoir-psychology series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon and Facebook has helped me promote in some ways or another.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice to new authors is to not give up. It takes courage to publish your work because it`s YOU. Not everyone will understand your vision but if you have a good product then eventually people will believe in you. I`ve had my work rejected over 100 times and I have been published several times.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
There`s a quote by Helen Keller that always stuck with me when I was a child ” I can`t do everything but I can do something. I refuse to not do that something that I can do”.
What are you reading now?
Ii am reading “Her Mother`s Daughter ” a memoir by Linda Carroll. Linda Carroll is the long lost mother of the renowned Courtney Love from my favorite band Hole. It`s an intriguing read.
What’s next for you as a writer?
What`s next? Obtaining my Bachelor`s degree in Psychology, producing more books and becoming a bestseller before I`m thirty. Hopefully before I`m 25 haha.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Holy Bible
The Dummies Guide to Surviving on a desert island