Welcome back to writing Wednesday and today I have here fellow author Stella Stella. Who is a retiree and a mother of one child. However, instead of me spoiling the interview, I am going to let you guys read it and form your own opinions about her. Enjoy!
- Please introduce yourself before we begin. Hello, I am author Stella Stella. I am retired. I have one son, in college (I am a proud mom and I always try to inspire him). I am originally from Vallejo, California. I lived on welfare as a child, and in suburbia as an adult. I am very familiar with both paradigms. I have also traveled a fair amount and have lived in three different countries. I have a lot of life experiences, and a very entrepreneurial spirit. I also feel like each of those experiences were Blessings (survived a medical crisis, divorced, walked the Camino De Santiago).
- Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours? Sharing my experiences, all with some degree of laughter, hopefully. Also, I hope my writings are enlightening and uplifting.
- What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on? In my younger days when I was working, I often wrote stories only for family or friends – I would send them as Christmas gifts; the idea was to give the gift of a nice moment or memory, in the form of a short story. My actual first self-published book is “Life Is A Funny Thing”. LIAFT is a non-fiction, unorthodox autobiography about my life growing up. Also note that it is written in a fitting context and paradigm, purposely un-edited for grammar.
- What’s the hardest thing about writing? Honestly, I cannot think of anything ‘hard’. I love writing. It is easy for me to write for hours at a time, with the caveat – I need to be sort of focused. For me it is therapeutic and peaceful. A couple of things I always face: (1) I am squirrel-like (meaning I have too many different thoughts simultaneously), and sometimes my focus is just not there – it is not flowing. (2) I hope I capture the correct words and structure the sentence so it reads with accurate intent. Writing is like having the transactional communication of a sender and a receiver. As the author/sender, I hope the ‘receiver’ is getting what I intended.
- What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite? My debut autobiography is non-fiction. My latest short story is a fictional novel. I like both, not sure if I have a favorite. I enjoy reading anything that is a good read. I find that it is easier to write non-fiction because you don’t have to worry about character development. I do have my fictional “master-piece” in my head, I may write it someday. I feel like my short stories are building me up for that.
- Why do you write? I truly enjoy it. We all have a gift. I believe I am good at writing short stories. And when a person reads one of my writings and they enjoy it, or it captures them emotionally, then I feel proud to have provided them with that moment or that experience, or that memory. Ultimately, I feel like I am helping people take a moment to chill with a good read.
- Favorite author and/or book series? I like many genres and many authors, old and new. Not a big fan of anything disturbing, like psycho movies, or books that are too violent. I don’t read or watch scary stuff.
- Okay, the tough question here. It’s no secret that Mental health is important for writers. Seeing that I want to be more of an advocate for it, is there any advice you like to give to people to keep fighting, whether you’re dealing with it personally or know someone that is? Honestly, I don’t know enough and likely I am not qualified enough to weigh in on this topic. That said, I worked in the healthcare industry for over thirty-years. I worked in a mental health unit for a few of those years, but in a clerical capacity, not as a care provider. As far as mental health being important for writers – I think it is important for all of us. When there is personal stress or drama going on, it is difficult to write about something fictional, because it seems too abstract in that moment. However, if you are writing non-fiction about the current stress or drama, then the writing can be great, as this is when it is genuine and you can capture raw feelings. You can actually see objectivity whereas you may not have otherwise been able to see it. As far as you being an advocate – YAYY!!! If I can offer any help from my perspective as a writer; I believe laughter is good for any situation. With each of my writings I try to give the gift of laughter somewhere.
- Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released? Most of my short stories are on my website,Stellascoffeetable.com. Yes, there are a couple that are in progress and I hope to have them available soon. My newest release is “Used People”. I’m very proud of my first fictional novel. It offers some humor, but more importantly it has a different paradigm that inspires conversation. I shared it with my friends and did not insist they read it. The feedback made me speechless. It was so good. Like, they were texting me. It was such good feedback that I asked my son to read it (my thoughts were since he is a millennial, that he would have a different perspective); anyway he video called me and said it was a ‘beautiful’ story. It is available as an ebook and as a paperback. With people being home because of this unfortunate health crisis, I hope they take the time to download and read this short story – I actually reduced the price for now. And, if you have Amazon Kindle Unlimited, it’s free. The Blessing for me is when they read it, I already know they will enjoy the story; then I was able to inspire a good moment or memory for someone.
- Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists? I don’t have any awards or notoriety to pass down to say – this is what you should do… However, I have endless opinions to share; my opinion or advice would be to be truthful to who you are when you write. And, if you feel the end result is a success and will inspire at least someone, then do it.
Thank you, Stella Stella, for coming by and sharing your story with us today. As for everyone else that is all I have for you today and I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these troubling times. If you enjoyed this interview you can find her website here (If you haven’t noticed it above) or her Amazon page here. Just remember to keep writing, reading, or whatever it is your creating and have fun doing it.
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”