I believe experience still affords the best stories for any audience. Truth is stranger than fiction, and all that. Experience is born of doing; taking risks, making mistakes, learning new ways of doing something and sometimes, quitting.
I’m an author who also identifies as a marketing manager. My day to day is filled with photography, video, advertising, blogging, analytics, ROI, planning, budgets, professional interactions, website management and many other duties which keep me in the position I have built for myself.
But as I said, I am an author first. Remember? I said: “I’m an author who also identifies as a marketing manager.” As you can imagine, it helps that I am a writer in my current 9-5 position. Content is King. But filling my bank account and fulfilling my purpose is at odds with one another at the moment. I love to write. I love developing stories and characters and seeing where it all ends up. You can’t really achieve that writing blogs about machines. Sure, the case study is fun; writing about the origins and then the application of something used in a world-famous act, but those are few and far between in my industry.
So, on my time, I write what I want to read. I’ve said this many times before because I think it is an all-important facet to any author’s writing: Write what you would like to read. So, what are my interests? I am a spiritual person. I’ve taken a course in Reiki, been hypnotised twice – once to relive past-lives, experienced a drum circle, lived through an out of body experience during a session with a very talented healer, attended a tapping lesson, read and reread the Buddhist Book of Living and Dying, read the Bible, been confirmed in the Christian faith, renounced Christianity, believe science and spirituality support one another, feel we’re not alone in the universe, believe in positive thinking – even when I have to attempt it through my own battles with depression or anxiety. I believe in living with compassion and non-judgement (but it’s near impossible not to judge). I believe my ego is the devil and yet I can’t seem to separate myself from it. I try to make decisions and choices consciously, knowing that regret and consequences are reactions to unconscious decisions. I want to be a better version of myself and when I read a story, I want that story to feel real. I want characters who are real. Even if I’m in the middle of a far-future sci-fi, whatever events arise, I want the human aspect to shine through. The struggle. The lows, the highs. The victories and defeats.
Not a bad collection of inspiration to pull from, right? So, with my writing, you get the truth, as I see it. You get reincarnation in your space opera. You get suicide in your apocalyptic fiction. You get Armageddon in your children’s picture books. You get the science of your spirit in your educational series. You get emotions in your short stories. You experience suffering in your chic lit. I apologize for nothing and write for those who want to read my message. My Apocalyptic trilogy is my most polarizing writing to date. The first book, The Judas Syndrome – people either loved it or truly hated it. So, as you would expect, it sits at just above a three-star rating. The next two books of the series were received much better, having filtered out those who hated book one; those who want to read what interests them most.
My most recent series, which will have three books in a few months, is a near-future science fiction series where humanity has perfected A.I. in bipedal, human-like robots. Soon they discover these artificially intelligent creations are claiming sentience through past life experiences. Impossible, but true. If you’ve experienced past life regression, or just believe in it, and love science fiction, then this Sci-fi puts an exciting new spin on what it means to be human.
With 11 books and another on its way, I have discovered a theme throughout which makes me pause and reflect on my writing. Even through multiple genres, I still manage to deliver the same message: Death isn’t then end, in fact, the word death is something of a misnomer. Death: the destruction or permanent end of something. Investigate that statement with me and pick up one of my novels. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.