I believe in my dream to become a successful author. By successful, I don’t mean finding my name on the NY Times Bestseller list or winning awards (although, it would be nice). In an industry as robust and competitive as literary writing, success to me would be to have readers enjoy my work. I’ve read a lot in my life, as a kid I would gobble up books by the hundred each school year. Reading to that extent, most books become a blur, they start to mesh with one another. But then there are those few gems where a sentence or a scene has stuck with me years after initially reading them, and that’s where the magic lies. My dream is to be published, yes, but most importantly, to have a reader remember my work. To have the words I’ve written on a page make a difference, an impact, on someone else’s life.
What started this dream?
My parents would tell my sister and I folktales from Guyana, where they’re from. We really enjoyed those. There’s something about listening to a story, taking in the inflections of a voice and the tone that can really carry it. Some of the first scary stories I’ve ever known were told to me in this way, and I couldn’t get enough. Then, when I was in the third grade, I had an amazing teacher who would dedicate time to read out loud to the class each day. We’d read chapter books, a few chapters at a time. Soon, I found that this became my favorite part of the school day, and when the teacher’s book wasn’t enough, I started going to the library. In a few years, I had read almost every book on the shelf.
What motivates you to follow this dream?
The enjoyment I receive from reading and writing is plenty of motivation. It is an art-form, and when I let myself write, it’s a very freeing feeling. Winning writing competitions throughout my childhood and college has been welcomed validation. Also, my mom. She was my very first fan. I started writing stories when I was probably seven or eight, and she saw how much I enjoyed it. When I got a little older, my parents bought me a typewriter that I would happily peck away at for hours. I feel very lucky to have been brought up with such support. Today, that support continues with my husband, who is an immense inspiration when it comes to following one's dreams.
What are your goals?
My goal is to publish two novels within the next two years. A Blight on this House is awaiting its second edit and Mother is mid-way through its first draft. I’d like to continue publishing in magazines, newspapers and other publications, and to continue my blog ‘Articles of Horror’, which is a fun pastime of mine. I don’t see the aforementioned as the end, however, only the beginning of an amazing journey.
What would you like people to know and where can we find you?
Following your dream takes some serious moxie. Whatever your dream, keep it close to your heart. A lot of people will roll their eyes, thinking that what you’ve bitten off is unrealistic. But the truth is, everything is unrealistic until it is accomplished. Even if I never publish a novel, at least I tried, and in the end, that to me is worth more than all the eye rolls in the world. If you’d like to keep up to date on my work or to just say hello, drop by my website www.christinapersaud.com and you can read my blog at www.articlesofhorror.com. I also tweet regularly @EerieChristine.
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