Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wattpad and I are fast friends.

I recently joined Wattpad where I uploaded the first half of the book. It has been less than 48 hours and well...whoa.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Update

Book 1 is currently in book review. I still feel that it needs to be checked over for spelling and grammatical errors. My goal is to have none, but even with all the people looking through it there still could be things that are missed. I have started book 2. I find myself apprehensive about writing it as I worry about how the first one will be received. But I can't write with that in the back of my mind. I have to write because it's what I love to do and it makes me happy. The rest is just a bonus.

Nalia Book Cover

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Writers Who Write About Death


   I have noticed a trend in a lot of children's books out there (Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Percy Jackson to name the most popular). A lot of fantasy books feature the main character that has a parent  that has deceased or gone missing. Some just have characters where their parent is absentee.
As I was driving down the freeway I thought about this some more. I wondered why many authors have this in their story. Is it for dramatic effect? Is it to gain our trust and devotion to the character? Perhaps it comes from their own personal experiences.
    I wonder how many of these authors have actually stood in the face of death. I'm not sure how well you can write about death unless you've really felt the sting of it youself. I wonder how many of these authors have ever had to hold a dying loved one in their arms.
    When I started writing about Nalia it wasn't to write a series of novels. I didn't have anyone to impress or win over. I wrote because I had to get out what I kept hidden inside. I wrote because it was killing me not to.
    I was only 10 when my mother, my brother and I found my father's body in our apartment floor. He died alone of a heart attack. I remember the feeling of holding his body and touching his face praying for warmth because to me warmth meant the chance that he was still alive.
    I think it's good that there are several children's and young adult books that feature this aspect of loss because there are so many children who like me needed to feel that they weren't alone in what they were going through.
   Perhaps that's the only reason I began writing at a young age. I was just fighting for ways to get it all out.