Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and forty-ninth, is of Carla Herrera.
Carla began writing non-fiction for weeklies and alternative news publications in the mid-1980s. She tried her hand at writing fiction, but found non-fiction an easier market to break into. Since then, she has worked as a bindery person, typesetter, graphic artist and desktop publisher in the printing and publishing industries.
Over the past few years she began writing primarily speculative fiction and has published independently through Smashwords and Amazon: Pink Eye, a horror novel, Day Gazing: Weird Shorts, a compilation of weird short stories and Blue Tent, a dystopian novelette. Her latest novella, Two, came out in September 2012.
And now from the author herself:
Most of my stories are in the realm of dystopian or speculative fiction with the exception of Pink Eye. That was a straight horror story generated from a dream.
I’ve had a few people ask where my stories come from and most of the time my stories come from life, but over the years I have kept a dream journal and mine it for gems. I think that space between sleep and waking somehow holds a wealth of inspiration for us. There is a whole world in that space and I glean from it whenever I can.
On the other side of that, Blue Tent was inspired from the current depression sweeping the country. I read an article several months ago about a tent city springing up in Lakewood, New Jersey and combined with some of the lobbying by Monsanto the kernal of my story was formed.
Inspiration is a strange thing. Being a writer can be a strange thing, because we are forced to look at life through a magnifying glass much of the time. Many of us need to not only see a thing work, but we need to know why it works that way. We are scientists in some regard, because we’re constantly experimenting in the world of ideas.
That world under the magnifying glass becomes our playground. I think that’s what inspiration is; consciously and subconsciously, we manipulate that world and in return it gives us a few stories.
All of that said, inspiration is only about five percent of the story. The rest is work. The need to roll up our sleeves, keep our butts in the chair and just write is mandatory for that creation to take place.
Regardless of the work and frustration that goes into my stories, I think the job of a writer, especially that of a fiction writer is one of the best jobs in the world. Where else can we bring characters to life and create worlds?
You can find more about Carla and her writing via…
- her blog http://Broke-artist.com
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BrokeWriter and
- her Smashwords profile: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/starvingartist
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