How did your journey as an author begin?
Only with a thought and a need to have options other than trying to sell my painted art creations myself.
Was it something you always wanted to pursue?
No. Painting was something that came about as a result of a combination of other things happening or not happening, THEN the constant desire to create came.
Who or what motivated you to write?
The motivation to start painting came from wanting to create. While recovering from surgeries, I found the time, space at home, and several artists’ tutorials online. I started to watch Bob Ross. And found MelyD, Molly’s Artistry, Rinske Douna, Sarah Mack, and Sarah Hughes artists on YouTube. They are the ones I follow closely now to learn technique.
Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
I’m not yet published, but my procrastination conflicts with my impatience, which leaves me stuck.
Have you written anything outside of fiction/nonfiction?
No. I’ve just been painting since 2019. If you count the countless A+ term paper masterpieces I’ve written… then yes all nonfiction!
Do you have a tip that you can offer your peers (poets and writers worldwide)?
Only that each chance I can, I recommend Winn Publications when someone talks about writing, or if they want to get published. I also offer that one should not compare their work, be it painting or writings, to another. It’s your eye that has to like, or love it first.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I will always paint. It’s a fun release of the creative bug. I also want to get back to being a working Licensed Massage Therapist. I’m retired from the U.S. Army, but I want that second career as an LMT.
What does being an author mean to you?
It is a delight to have my art work seen, enjoyed, and/or purchased. It has been a joy for myself, especially when something comes out right in my eyes on the canvas. If somehow someone could get that same feeling through this book, then it would definitely heighten my joy.
What’s your favorite quote and who’s it by?
”I’m proud of you.”, April 2004, H. Dolores Wilson. She, my Mother, was adjusting my Class A uniform tie when she looked up at me and told me that. I remember nothing else after except I know could do nothing but grin big. Her words then settle a whole lot of things for me. I keep remembering that moment when I need to. Writing now, I realize I’ve followed in most of her footsteps in my own life’s journey.
If you could co-author with anyone – dead or alive- who would it be and why?
Mrs. Linda McCarter, my cousin and the only other person I know personally that is also painting. And with Mr. Earl Carter, he is my muse right now. 🙂