Every story in the world has stemmed from the same thing: a spark. Whether it’s just a flicker of an idea or a full blown thought, a simple spark is all it takes to get the ball rolling.
There are a handful of different writers that can take a dream or something they see on the subway, and twist it into a book. I can’t and I’m beyond jealous. I wish I could write that easily. When I started writing, I told myself my books would be for me. They’d be a way for me to release any stress or anger I may be feeling. Last year, I was having a hard time with the loss of my grandpa a couple years prior. That’s where I chose to start.
A Hollow Cry is set in a world that allows the reader to see that there’s more to the world than life and death. It’s not meant to be centered around a religious aspect of Heaven vs Hell. In the After Life series, they are physical places that the character can visit under certain circumstances. Kind of like London. Living in Ohio, we know it exists. And after saving, buying a plane ticket, ordering a passport, you can finally go there. In the sense of my grandfather, I kept having dreams that he was lost. His soul didn’t go anywhere. So I wanted to make a world where characters live in the in-between. They might be dead, but given a second chance in the mortal world. Or they could be a lost soul mold into a soldier. There are so many different options I could’ve taken with it. And to be honest, it has allowed me to cope a little better.
With the young adult contemporary I’m working on, it too plays on the death aspect. But this time, the main character is learning what it means to grieve. She struggles with it. Hell, the first part of the book is her pretty much denying that she’s grieving to begin with. Death and grief are two subjects that many don’t like to discuss, but that need to be. There are people in the world that don’t understand that feeling angry or lied to when someone in their life dies is actually okay. It’s okay to feel those things. Grief is more than feeling sad and more people need to know that. I’m focusing on the young adult audience, because these stereotypes tend to stem from the teenage years.
For me, ideas for books bloom from emotions or topics I feel that need to be addressed. While my first book was for me, the rest I want to be for others. I want readers to find themselves in one of my books and understand that it is okay. That whatever they’re feeling is justified. The thoughts that keep spinning around in their head are valid.