“It is really exciting taking on new writers – as it’s the start of an epic journey together. I will edit their manuscript, most books at this stage require some form of editorial input, unless they have been professionally edited by an independent editor. I would then pitch the book to relevant publishers, this can be a prolonged wait at times and I do my best to keep morale high…”
All authors secretly dream of inspiring millions around the world with their writing. But ask authors to speak in front of an audience and that dream quickly turns into a nightmare. Alex Kiester’s debut novel “In Her Skin” takes readers down the perilous path from written word to spoken word. The psychological thriller centres around Meggie Meyer, a debut author who can’t face her book tour and hires an actress to impersonate her.
For as long as I can remember, I have been a student of science. I always had questions. I could not shut down my brain from asking ‘when, why, where and what’ each time I learned something new. Scientists often invalidate previously known theories when a new one comes. But I can’t.
“You won’t find your dead in the graves or the bones or the latrine. That’s not where they’re waiting for you. They’re inside you. They survive only in you, and you survive only through them. But from now on you’ll find all your strength in them—there’s no other choice, and no one can take that strength away from you. With that strength, you can do things you might not even imagine today.”
Sometimes I read what I wrote a few years ago and feel embarrassed. It’s not necessarily bad – it’s just that my priorities have changed. I look back and am relieved I didn’t publish it. You’ve studied numerous books. What is the trend that you’ve noticed between an author’s earlier works and later works?
Sunim’s book inspired me to re-read Religion in Korea: Harmony and Co-Existence. It’s a little book that I borrowed a while back from the library. I mainly picked it up because I was interested in studying about Korean Shamanism–a practise that prehistoric Koreans brought with them as they migrated to the peninsula from Central Asia.
Writers in the spirituality genre are called to the craft. They are vessels for messages from the divine. When you read their words, they express what you’re feeling and give words to your secret emotions.
Fathers play a huge role in our lives. To me, the concept of family goes beyond the people who we are related to by blood. In The Lion King, Mufasa and Scar are perfectly juxtaposed against each other. Scar is a power hungry tyrant willing to kill his own kin to advance his political agenda whereas Mufasa is a brave and exemplary leader who will stake his own life to protect the ones he loves.
“Giving importance to money over art may cause problems. Artists may start feeling insecure and disheartened to see their work not being appreciated after putting so much effort into it. Losing patience makes them act differently. For fame and money they may sell their souls. But those artists who know the power of patience will keep exploring and experimenting till they leave a mark of their own.”
If the author is the mother giving birth, I am the midwife making sure that the baby comes into this world safe and sound. Each work of creation is different, and comes into this world through a different passage. Having worked with lots of writers and writing styles, I know that it’s a different experience each time. No two births are ever the same.