About the Author
Ever since I could read I have been in love with characters.
I am fascinated by people in general, from high profile celebrities and how they go about their day-to-day outside of the spotlight, to that barista at the coffee shop with the dreadlocks and what powers her dreams when she isn’t prepping a half caffe mocha latté.
But most of all I love writing novels. Don’t attempt it of course if you’re not prepared to be all consumed by a story that just won’t go away. Nor if you want to get a good night’s sleep. Not a chance there! The characters will sneak up on you in the night and tug at your sleeve, flick the side of your face until finally…you must sit up and quickly jot down that all-important episode before it drifts off into the ether.
Inventing a new storybook world is so much fun. But creating a living breathing person to inhabit that world is even more captivating to me. From complex introvert to vivacious free-spirit, what goes into that process intrigues and overtakes my world beyond the written page. And so…I write.
I have been a writer in one form or another all my life. I have written countless journals, worked on school literary publications, had jobs in newspaper and communications. And now I write novels.
I have written three novels to date: one when I was 16, another before I started my family and my third which I am currently editing and pursuing to publication. I enjoy the process of creation from the initial spark of an idea to the outline and onward to the first draft.
Fueled by this passion, I hope my writing may accomplish its own job of entertaining and intriguing others.
So come on into The Expressible Café and enjoy a tale on me.
Image: Actor Jimmy Stewart: The master of vibrant characters.
Hey, I have the same fascination with the storybook world, except I love creating worlds. Creating a culture and the worlds those cultures come from excites my creativity. I’m going to read some of the posts but this is the first one I read, so hiya! And please, if it isn’t too much trouble come check out my blog, http://atouchofrain.wordpress.com. Danke!
Thanks for popping by the Café! Great to hear you’re a kindred spirit writer 🙂 Thanks for replying and I will check you out too of course. Cheers!
People are fascinating, aren’t they Paula? I read that the neurons in our brains fire most when interacting with others, not doing complicated mathematical equations etc. And characters are something else altogether, because we’re in charge (for the most part- I have to keep reminding myself about that). 🙂
It seems like you’ve been interested in writing and what makes people tick for a long time now.
What a journey, I can empathise. 🙂
That’s really fascinating Susan. I can’t imagine what writing a novel does to our brains in the end. So I’m either crazy for doing all this or destined to fulfill my brain’s journey. Only time will tell I suppose. Thanks. Cheers!
As my husband loves saying, ‘What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.’ But I prefer, ‘Nothing worthwhile comes easily.’ I don’t regret my writing journey – the time, the angst, the self-doubt, the reactions from people, the frustrations, the eternal editing. Sometimes I do wonder if I’m just playing a grown-up version of imaginary friends! 🙂
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Exactly… over time of course. 🙂
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Thank you .
Hey Paula, I’ve nominated you for the starlight award. I think your writing needs to be spread further afield. Permalink: https://ireland2day.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/the-kindness-o…gers-explained/ Edit View Post Get Shortlink Thanks
Thank you so much Steve. So very grateful for the note and attention. I thoroughly enjoy visiting your blog too. All the best friend across the ocean. Cheers!
The pleasure is all mine. Thanks Paula.
I just saw the photo of Jimmy, he was indeed a master of character. I completely agree and you are a master of telling tales.
I have always been such a huge fan of Jimmy. I think it’s A Wonderful Life in particular is one of the greatest films ever made. So much emotion and turmoil. His portrayals are my benchmark for character creation. I thank you for your kind words but not sure I’ll ever do him justice.
It’s a wonderful life is perhaps my favorite all time film. I weep over it every year, his face, his expressions, his movements are so powerful! Rear Window and The Philadelphia Story are also up there in my tops lists and in each his characters are so diverse. And dance by the light of the moon…
if only we could lasso Mr, Steward down from the stars ⭐️
You’ve said it all! Absolutely perfect. There was no one like him. I too feel the emotion every Christmas (a tradition here) with Wonderful Life esplly as I get older. It’s power is ongoing.