- Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
I think the harder question to answer is, what is a normal life? I think we all share the aspects of life most could consider common ground such as love, faith, family, and all that fills in the in-between. I think the only thing that separates us from the rest is the amount of hours spent typing at a keyboard, tears shed over imaginary friends, and an almost-incriminating Google search history.
- What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
The research stage. It comes easy to me because I enjoy it so much. When I was very young, I would copy pages in the Encyclopedia for fun. Now, hours on the web and trips to my books’ setting locations are a grown-up version of that nerdery, and what drives me to write more.
- Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read as much as I write! Francine Rivers, Liz Curtis Higgs, Melinda Inman, Celena Janton, Frank Peretti, and Lisa Tawn Bergren are my go-to authors for consistently great reads.
- Have you ever left any of your books to stew for months on end or even a year?
Only Shanty by the Sea. It was the first book I started, and my most recent finish. I had to grow as the story did, both as a writer and as an individual, in order to see it to completion.
- What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
That it makes you feel. I don’t mind so much what emotion it evokes, as long as it does so deeply.
- Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Finish that first draft. Make time to write, often. And don’t compromise your voice as an author: be open to constructive criticism, but don’t lose your voice.
- How much of yourself do you put into your books?
I put a huge amount of my time, energy, and heart into my books. They are the little pieces of me I will leave in the world when I am gone. They are the stories my children and grandchildren will see and know that imagination and creativity are important parts of being human.
- Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
The God I serve and the readers who support my writing.
- How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?
Both. The amount of time spent writing during a particular season in my life may make it easier to categorize what my writing is to me at that time, but altogether, it is both hobby and passion.
- Where can readers learn more about you?
They can learn more about me by following my social media accounts! I often post updates about my writing and insights into my life on Twitter and Facebook.
Author’s DSP author page – https://dragonsoulpress.com/author-kelli-pizarro/