Who is on the plum tree?
As I read the work of other new authors, bestsellers, and classics, it’s not difficult to see that all writers pour a part of themselves into their work. This could be stated about doing almost anything, especially with creativity. To me, writing, be it genre fiction, confessional poetry, inspirational novels, horror, or suspense thrillers, every author reveals something from inside not only from his/her head, but the soul as well.
I’ve written before about how writing helped me find closure following the death of my sister due to a domestic violence incident. Time, faith, and loved ones get us through traumatic life events, and creative outlets channel our emotions into something that can be shared with others.
Interviewers asked me in the beginning if any characters were represented based on the death of my sister. Answer: No. I’m not ready to write about what happened; I can only say it happened. Instead, as a long time fan of dark fantasy, I created a story with elements of dark fantasy that I like: A dark, strong female lead character (Shevata), a horrific but humorous antagonist (Zermon), and a fallen city (Gastar) that re-grows as the people find their direction following a prolonged war. I always state for my readers that Zermon’s personality is based on my older brother, now a family joke. I like mythical creatures, and dragons are my favorite, so they’re part of the story (Harathgus). All of my books are dedicated to my sister, not just as a remembrance, but also as an acknowledgement of where my passion for writing originates.