Inspiration to tell stories comes to me in various ways.
Reading dozens of books a year sparks new ideas.
Waking up from a life-changing dream gets the creative juices flowing.
People watching influences characters.
Basically, everything I perceive can contribute to a story idea.
My natural inclinations to write should have been enough to convince me this is the career I am meant to chase, but the path to pursue storytelling hit a few speed bumps.
For nearly three years, I spent time in the corporate world in two different roles. At times it was enjoyable, but most of the time I experienced high levels of stress and forced myself to express enthusiasm.
If my gut telling me to do something new wasn’t a good enough sign (always listen to your gut), getting laid off in July 2020 was.
To the surprise of many, including myself, I felt rejuvenated.
Liberated from a job I didn’t care for, I now had clarity as to what I was meant to do.
This moment of enlightenment led me to pursue my career as an author.
The Abandoned, my debut novel, is meant to of course entertain readers, but more importantly, encourage them to think deeper about our world.
If readers finish it with a broader perspective than when they started, I will have accomplished my goal.
Countless people, how-to books, and websites have told me becoming a published author is difficult to achieve, but if I had let that discourage me, I wouldn’t be capable of accomplishing anything worthwhile.
Besides, would writing really be my passion if I allowed outsiders to dictate what I’m going to do?