I believe in my dream to one day make the N.Y. Times best sellers’ list for novels. I believe this dream, pertaining to my work life, is achievable. The reason I have faith that it will happen is because I write relatable stories that come from deep within my very being. I do not have a specific genre of writing, as I have two dramas, Until One Day and Some Other Time, two romantic comedies, Exception to the Rule and Sex for Fun, and one intense love/drama, What The Heart Can Hold, novels published. I write stories that both tug at the heart strings while also bringing a smile to the readers face while they become immersed in my novels. My books have five star reviews from both male and female readers. I believe that it will just take that “one person”, someone of influence, to read one of my novels and the word of my work will spread like wildfire.
My first four novels have a Gay male character as the female protagonist’s best friend. I am a gay friendly author. Each of my Gay characters is different, as I believe there is a stereotyping of Gay men in our society that needs to stop. I do not mention that any of my characters are Gay in any of my book synopsis on my book jackets. Why? Because their sexual preference should not be an issue, as it is not an issue for heterosexuals.
What started this dream
I have always made up stories, ever since I was a child. I just didn’t write them down. I had an active imagination. I would go to bed at night and close my eyes and make up characters, scenery, costumes and dialogue. These stories would lull me to sleep. As I became older the stories never stopped, they only became more detailed and intensely in-depth in my mind. But, I never wrote them down. I did attempt to work for Hallmark when I was in my 20’s, sending them a folder full of what I believed to be great paragraphs for greeting cards. Their rejection shifted my career to a different path. I had school, a career, a marriage, a divorce, then becoming a single mother of two children (ages 3 and 5) kept me busy. There was no time to write, only to create stories in my mind at bedtime. When my children attended high school there was more me time, and that’s when I started to write my first novel, What The Heart Can Hold.
What motivates you to follow this dream?
What motivates me to follow my dream of writing is the thrill I get when creating characters, which become real to me as I write them, and being in total control of what the characters do and say and most importantly how the novel ends. When writing each story, I am taken from reality and into a world I create. When I complete a novel there is a sense of accomplishment, however, the process continues onto the next novel, as there is always another idea for another story waiting in the background.
What are your goals?
With respect to my writing, my goal is to have as many people as possible read my novels. I believe that my stories are ones that a reader can become totally engaged in and be swept away to a different reality, and if only for a little while, they can live through one of my characters and enjoy the roller coaster of emotions my novels bring. Being a writer is extremely satisfying for me. When I meet a reader who tells me they cried during certain parts of my novels, it brings me joy. The knowledge that my mere words on paper, stung along in my writers’ voice, can evoke tears from someone is a powerful feeling.
What would you like people to know and where can we find you?
What I would like people to know about me is that being a mother is my proudest title. Being a novelist is my second. I raised two strong, independent, beautiful daughters who have both recently graduated from college and are just starting their careers. When my youngest daughter read my first novel and expressed how much she loved it, it was a feeling like no other.
I do wish everyone who reads a book would write a review for an author. It makes such a difference when people are searching for a new book to read and there is a review that can help them decide if the book is for them or not. I can be found at charlottesymonds.com, Goodreads.com and on Amazon. I hope you check out my reviews on these sites and decide to give a new author a chance. You just might be amazed that the new kid on the block is good and your new favorite author. I love hearing from my readers. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @CSymondsauthor
Special note: From May 13 - May 15, Charlotte will be giving away her e-book "Some Other Time", on Kindle away for free to celebrate Mother's Day.
The Dreamer Blog features two people each week in pursuit of their dreams, large or small everyone has a dream that deserves support. Douglas Geller, the author of this blog is also the author of the book The Dreamer; you can learn more about The Dreamer and purchase it at: http://amzn.to/2j7W79P