Embracing the adage “everyone has a story to tell,” I decided to throw my hat into the ring with my debut novel, Never Turn the Page Too Soon, the first book of my SHELF LIFE trilogy. The book is an adaptation of my award-winning animation screenplay titled SHELF LIFE, which introduces an underdog that everyone can relate to; one who redefines what it means to be a good book.
I began my writing career as a freelance writer for a local (now defunct) magazine in Houston, TX. During my early years, I discovered I had a knack for storytelling and soon found myself engrossed with learning the craft of screenwriting. However, despite winning and/or placing highly in notable screenplay competitions, I became disenchanted with the lack of opportunities granted to female and/or minority writers, so much so that in 2017, I decided to switch genres and adapt my award-winning screenplays into manuscripts for books which I fully intend to indie-publish.
I chose indie publishing over traditional publishing due to all the positive changes that have taken place in the publishing industry (including advancements in writing software and computer technology), creative beings like me no longer have to wait for an agent or publishing company to validate us as writers. Being an indie author means we’ll have to wear a lot of hats, but the reward is having creative control over those brainchildren we’ve spent years nurturing. What could be better than that?
The only advice I have for newbie writers who find themselves on the fence about whether to indie-publish or pursue traditional publishing, I believe it’s a judgment call we each have to make. There is a ton of responsibility involved. Besides, what works for me may not work for others. If there’s any truth in the cliché, “write what you know,” do expect to read more stories of humor and hilarity, mystery and mayhem, action and adventure, and yes, maybe even a romance book or two. I’m a firm believer that no life experience should ever be wasted, so channel your passion, hone your skills, harness your creative energy, and birth that brain-child into existence!