Author & Poet Rachel Berry [rachelberry]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
As a child - Jack and Jill, Green Eggs and Ham, the dictionary, the bible and in sixth grade the entire library of books in the back of my classroom.
I began writing in first grade. My mother is a storyteller and mealtime was filled with poetry, stories and her singing. At ages eight on up I wrote 15 minute sermons with scriptures and shared them on a platform at what my mother's religion called 'minister school.'
I was an aunt at the age of 5. My young nieces lived with me so I wrote stories, read them to them and even put music with my keyboard to some. My nieces loved my stories and once they learned to read they'd read my stories out loud with excitement. I guess you could say I was their introduction to storytelling like my mother was to me. Then as I got into middle school my friends would read and listen to my work. Always had willing friends who supported me.
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?
I don't have a favorite genre though there are some I don't read like Sci Fi or Horror. I personally write Mainstream Fiction which is a mix of romance, suspense, drama and often times fantasy.
My official website is: http://www.rachelberry.webs.com. You can connect to all my sites and social networks at: http://about.me/AuthorRachelBerry
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I don't have a process because I'm always writing one way or another. At night I dream and write in my head. When I awake I jot down (most times I remember) either longhand, on my iPad or pc. If something comes to me in the day I jot it down. Some days I write viciously for hours, some days I don't.
Now, if I'm finishing up a book like I am at present I write on it constantly and as long as it's flowing. I don't force anything. When I'm writing fiction my characters are talking and in control anyway. Non-fiction is different because research and referencing etc., is needed. Poetry is a whole different flow. Sometimes I have what I call drenching. It's like words and situations rain on me and I can't stop till it stop. It's like flood gates gushing and I'm standing in the middle. It's awesome!
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Anything I enjoy reading inspires me. Sometimes it clashes with my creativity because I start reading and then my mind clicks into creative mode and I have to top to jot down a thought , paragraph sometimes pages. I go back to read and it happens again. It's like my metal faucet gets turned on and the washer is broke so the pouring don't start.
I also make rue that if I'm reading fiction I read at least two books at once do that I don't mistakenly pick up the sound of who I'm reading.
Author & Poet Rachel Berry
Virginia Beach USA