Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi! I am a published memoirist, with "Addictarium: Asylum of Anarchy" which is installment I in The War Stories & Chronicles.
I have also published four poetry collections, one being "War Stories: Bombing Narcotica," – A poetic extension to The War Stories Chronicles. The three books following are all part of "True Colors," including Lacking Shades of Grey: The Thin Line Between Creativity & Madness" (i), Black Beauty: In This Silence, I Believe" (II), and The Colorful Disaster: Rainbows in Revolt (III).
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Addictarium is a part-real, part-fiction memoir based on my time in a therapeutic community. It is primarily a story of recovery from addiction, mental illness, and creative despair, but it also has a very large backdrop of a romance and erotic love story between patient and therapist!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My fiance refers to me as "A Beautiful Mind," because I write notes everywhere. Notebooks, walls, desktop, marker board, bulletins, and even on toilet paper!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Everything by Anais Nin. She wrote artful erotica and psychological pieces which were written beautifully! I LOVE Anais Nin's Work.
Anais Nin's Delta of Venus especially, and A Spy in the House of Love (fiction). Her non-fiction pieces – her diaries which she is renowned for, were amazing. Her viewpoint and analysis of love and human relationships were so thought-provoking. Her first diary unexpurgated; Henry & June, was an AMAZING focus on love, with so many other elements and themes. Her second unexpurgated book Incest was probably her strongest work and again had a stunning back-drop on erotica.
What are you working on now?
I am currently penning Addictarium's prequel – "NARCOTARY: Chemical Warfare," and my next poetry collection – "Mother Nature: Earth Bleeding Tears," which is part I in a 3-part anthology.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The best advice is the obvious – refine your writing, work hard, be passionate, persevere, and enjoy writing!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"Create rather than destroy," by Nin. I also love Nietchze's advice to "turn your life into a work of art."
What are you reading now?
The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch
What’s next for you as a writer?
Putting together my poetry anothology, my next novel, and I am launching a writing program for authors in September, but most importantly, Addictarium is being released in Paperback this Fall. I just sold the rights to paperback to a literary press, Prodigy Gold, and I am really excited for this launch!!!
What is your favorite book of all time?
"White Oleander," by Janet Fitch, "Invisible Monsters" by Chuck Palahniuk, and "Incest," & "The Diary of Anais Nin," by Anais Nin.