Beyond the Pages

Have you been one to wonder what goes on in an author’s mind that causes them to create the fiction novels they do? Have you ever said to yourself, “This situation reminds me a lot of (insert headline here)?” Some say life imitates art, but it is true that art imitates life. To wrap our minds around certain events, creators may apply their skill to the situation. This opens a doorway of understanding for them and even their onlookers. As an avid reader I have found that most of us authors produce works that are fictional non-fiction. This idea caters to the thought that the human mind and will is capable of most anything. For the better or for worse. Take a look at what inspired my current publications.

Point of Infliction

Writing Period(s): May 22 – July 22, 2012 // July 22, 2013 – April 1, 2014

It is quite evident in this piece what inspired it. “Point of Infliction” has a dark and sensual vibe, but its essence remains front and center. Certain traumas affect individuals as children and lives within them well into their adult life, and even to their grave. We hear so much about misdemeanors and crimes that we become desensitized, therefore this book doubles as a reminder that what we see on the TV isn’t all “reality TV”. The real things we witness or read in REAL news lines is not to be overlooked or forgotten. The TV and newspapers are not all about entertainment (yet, seriously E! and MTV…seriously?). The tragedy we face is real, and this book is essentially about payback. It’s carried out in such a way that many readers have told me they’ve found it hard to dislike one of the quintessential characters. It’s incredible what happens to morals when certain cases arise. Even more so when people take into consideration the things that plague our era more than any other before us.

Tomorrow Never Came

Writing Period: September 11, 2011 – September 12, 2012

I started writing this novel on a whim. It morphed into a purpose on its own accord. I barely recall attempting to have a meaning behind this indie novel, but a message of acceptance and learning to love each person as one sprung to life with “Tomorrow Never Came”. I am a strong believer that things never have to be as bad as they are, although we live in a world that almost demands that you feel trapped in misery. Even with this, to have someone in your life to honor you, treat you kindly, and allow you to be you without discrimination is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, most people discover positive forces too late or not at all. This book unites readers by way of understanding other’s lifestyle choices, behaviors, and circumstances. During the defining years of your life it seems you suffer the most, as if the changes you endure on the surface aren’t enough. “Tomorrow Never Came” is a demonstration of what lack of concern, care, and compassion does to a person. No matter how “bad” they may seem, everyone needs to be respected, cherished, and loved.

Blind Thirst

Writing Period: August 29, 2008 – January 16, 2009

Anne Rice, Stephenie Meyer, and Aaliyah Haughton are 3 names that come to mind when I reflect on the creative process for “Blind Thirst”. When I decided to write this novel all my friends were raving about “Twilight”. I hadn’t even read it yet, I just recall asking, “Is it anything like ‘Interview With A Vampire’?” Yeah, Brad Pitt was KING, baby! Finally I read “Twilight”, but I skipped most of the pages. It was missing something to me, but as a writer I refrained from outwardly complaining about the plot and character types. Honestly, the movies didn’t help my overall reaction, but it’s cool to have watched my friends get such a kick out of it. It brought us together in a way. Still, I really wanted to write my own vampire novel at that point. I had plans for it to be completely and utterly different from “Twilight”. I wanted to avoid the same old vampire tale, and branch out while keeping a unique message within the storyline. Admittedly, I was positive it would be lost on many because when you don’t need to hear a message, you overlook it. Luckily some people have told me they caught it, and that means a lot to me. Overall, “Blind Thirst” was a project that I got relatively excited about and decided to publish in the long run because it was always a dream of mine to do so. Sure it was missing bells and whistles, but I wanted a raw, naked, almost “online fan fiction” type book, and I shared just that. Looking back on this piece right now, I have no regrets. It was a point in my life where we teenagers were just thrilled about fantasy books and psyched to read them.