Can you tell us more about your book “Bewilderments of the Eyes”, what is it about?
Bewilderments is about a 20 year old girl whose mental illness has sucked all of the passion and drive from her life. She’s dragged on a summer road trip by her best friend, and ends up deciding she needs to make a real change if she wants any chance at finding herself through the fog of her depression.
Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
Specifically, it’s a New Adult novel, so readers just out of high school and in their twenties is the age group it’s directed at. But I think Bewilderments is a book for anyone struggling with a mental illness, as well as parents of or anyone close to someone suffering.
“Bewilderments of the Eyes” is the story of Quinn Aldredge’s journey to recover from a crippling depression. What was the inspiration for this story?
I suffer from both depression and anxiety, but my version of these mental illnesses didn’t ever seem to match the typical stereotype. I read plenty of really good books on the subject, but always found it hard to relate my own struggles with those stories. So I wrote a story that aligned with my own experiences more in an effort to show that mental illness is diverse and every version is valid.
This is a great story that shows no matter what burdens are holding you down, no matter what obstacles lie in front, if you seek solutions, try something, and take that risk of adventure, you could find your happiness. What would you say to those who are experiencing similar events and situations like Quinn does in “Bewilderments of the Eyes”
I would say keep on keeping on. That’s all you can do, really. Congratulate yourself for the small victories: getting out of bed, taking a shower, getting dressed and making it out of the house. Those are feats within themselves some days. Try things. If you fail or it turns out to be the wrong decision, that’s okay. Put the lesson in your back pocket and try something else. It’s the effort that matters.
Alongside “Bewilderments of the Eyes” do you have any other books, or plans to write more?
I do! I have three other novels in the works, one of which would become a trilogy. I was set on which WIP I was going to put into focus next, but I’m having trouble fighting off plot bunnies for the trilogy, so who knows!
Tell us more about you? You say you are a self-confessed people person, tell us more about this?
I’m a people person in the sense that I tend to have a lot of compassion for people and their stories. I always try to think about the cycles that result in the way people are, and I usually give the benefit of the doubt. I find myself fighting facts in order to believe in the good in people because I need to believe there is good in humanity. I’m very introverted, though, and that makes me an observer of people. I’m perfectly fine to sit in a group and listen and take it all in, but more often than not I don’t really want to have to participate in the group.
If you were not able to write, is there any other creative medium that you would use, and why?
It’s not related to writing, but my second go-to creative outlet is makeup artistry. I think it’s incredible what different colours and where you place colours can do to transform a face.
Our of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which book and author would you suggest to be your favourite and why?
This one is always so tough to answer. I’m obsessed with Sylvia Plath and obviously J.K. Rowling. I also really love Rainbow Rowell and Victoria Aveyard, and I typically cite The Perks of Being a Wallflower as my favourite book.
What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing work, or who was trying to enhance their craft?
Patience and lenience are the key, in my mind. I use to struggle a lot with perfectionism in my writing, and I still aim for a perfect end product. But with writing, you have to just let yourself get all the words down before you nit-pick them. Don’t force anything. Let go of the control complex and listen to yourself and whatever happens to come to you. Also, it’s going to take a lot of time, and a lot of tries, and sometimes you’ll get stuck. That’s where the patience come in. You kind of just have to have faith that, at some point, it’ll all come back to you.
Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website or a way to be contacted?
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