Kevin Noa [2twoprincesses]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
In my junior year in high school I discovered I was able to write well. The first to read what I wrote and encourage me were my American History and physical education professors.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
My favorite genre is biography, although I have done some nonfiction children's writing. My book, Two Princesses is on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can get a copy from used selections for my name, Frugal to Buy. There you can purchase a new signed copy.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I beleive all writing can be creative. Although I am mainly a biographer, I write all my prose with imagery. I encourage all my students to pre-write. I usually use an outline or notes.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Biographies or great nonfiction. Willa Cather is one of my favorite authors,
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
The basic ingredients of a story is the setting and facts. The author should always keep the reader in mind for whatever they are trying to convey through their prose.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
What well known writers do you admire most?
Willa Cather, Margaret Mitchell, Nancy Zaroulis, Sara Bradford, Christopher Anderson
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
In writing fiction I beleive any character is believable, so long as the author writes the character well. With nonfiction I believe the author can tell someone's story in its entirety while still showing respect.
I create mine by studing them thoroughly and using empathy for their trials and well as their triumphs. Like most writers, my fiction characters are a reflection of my personality.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Yes I am. I have given many lectures on Princesses Grace and Diana, and have recevied many compliments.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for myself and the pleasure and therapy it gives me. As I tell everyone, write because you love it. Because if you do not, you're doing it for all the wrong reasons.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes, reader feedback is always a good measure.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Although I have gone in a couple of competitions, I'd liking working and learning from peers in graduate courses. I did win a Irish writing contest in a local newspaper on another of my favorite authors, Frank McCourt.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
I have, but after one bad experience, I do not anymore in my manuscripts. With essays I share with peers gladly.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I feel I have found my voice, however, like every writer, the voice struggles from time to time.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
For papers and essays for classes I always meet deadlines. For Two Princesses, I wated it done by a certain date and I did. On my current manuscript, I'm taking my time and writing it as it comes.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
I work best in front of a computer with my books and notes. Music is fine but not necessary.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write on a computer. The first draft is mainly just the narrative. By the second draft I'm adding imagery and quotes. But editing is an ongoing process.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
I've used various sites now and then, but not very often.
What has been your experience with publishers?
Publishers are the necessary evil of writing. Experieince is the great learner in this. Knowing what I know now keeps me away from the sharks and phoneys.
What are you working on now?
I am working on another comparison biography that I want to keep to myself.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
If you do not show your work, you will never know how good you are. Also, if you don't show your work you can't do what is necessary to improve. Show your work to people.
Merrimac, Massachusetts United States