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Synopsis: “Susan was an adventurous, fun-loving little girl, until mishaps and misfortunes turn her life completely upside down. Spanning over 19 years, this is the true story of a young girl’s struggles with puberty, self-mutilation and sexual exploitations.”
Bio: “Earning her MSBS in Psychology, Susan Aguilar has written short stories and other memoirs to help troubled teens through any struggles they might be facing. She is a Who’s Who in American Universities and is currently working on her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.”
What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
“I write mostly autobiographies; it’s very cathartic and I enjoy sharing my stories so others don’t feel alone in some process they might be going through. I like to reach out to others and be supportive in decisions a person makes. Whether I agree with the decision, or not, they won’t be alone as they travel through their journeys.”
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
“I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was very young. I like words – I love the English language. It’s about communication and interacting with others.”
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
“I’m an avid Scrabble player. HaHa; once again… I like words.”
Your Writing Process
- Why do you write?
“I write because it releases a lot of stress. SILENT SCREAMS – An Autobiography took me over 5 years to write. It was extremely emotional for me and hard to get through. I would have to put it away for months at a time sometimes, just to refocus. The overall process of writing the book, though, was mentally rewarding for me.”
- Do you listen to music or have another form of inspiration when you are writing?
“I love music! I refer to some music in my book and I think it helps pull a story along when you add some reference to music to it. I have twin daughters who both have Aspergers and they also are music fanatics. So – they are my biggest inspiration, but they introduce me to new songs all of the time and it’s wonderful.”
- What would you like readers to know about you the writer?
“I’m a joyful person. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’ve been blessed with an amazing family and wonderful friends. I’ve been through a lot; my faith keeps me going.”
- What is the best and worst writing advice you have ever received?
“The best advice I have received is to “keep writing”; the worst advice I have received is to “stop telling people about it” – and to that I say: “screw it – I’m telling the world!”
- Do you have a system for writing?
“I do…. When I am feeling at my lowest is when I seem to write more and write better. The emotions tend to flow when I’m “in my head”.”
- Do you track word count or write a certain number of hours per day?
“No; that doesn’t seem to appeal to me much. I just write. I have an outline that I start with; but skip around and fill in certain areas as I remember them. It’s all about how I’m feeling at the time and which story I want to tell: For example; If I get angry with my brother, I might skip a couple of chapters in my writing process and find an area in my outline where I mention that he pissed me off when we were kids and write about that – it’s very therapeutic.”
- What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced during your writing career?
“I think the most uplifting moment for me was when I handed my book over to my family and they received it with open arms and were so positive in their reviews about it. I was nervous and scared to let them read the book; but it was inspirational the way they supported me and it made me feel accepted.”
- Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?
- When a new book comes out, are you nervous about how readers will react to it?
“Absolutely! I get nervous about whether it is well-received or not. I get nervous thinking about a joke in the book that maybe no one understood or if it’s edited just right. The whole process is nerve-wrecking. The nerves start to calm down when it’s actually received with 5 star ratings and great reviews, though. That helps a lot.”
- What can we look forward to in the upcoming months?
“Since my book has been well-received; I have had many requests for a sequel. So I have begun working on SILENT SCREAMS – THE ADULT YEARS – An Autobiography.”
- If your book is available in print, how does it feel to hold a book that has your name on the cover?
“My book “SILENT SCREAMS – An Autobiography” is available in Paperback on Amazon, Nook and Lulu. It is also available on Amazon Kindle. It was a surreal moment to hold my book in my hands for the first time – but even more exciting when one of my friends, who lives far away, sent me a picture of them holding my book. It was an amazing moment.”
- Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?
“When my book was officially published, my family threw me a “ Book Publishing Party”. It was so sweet and such a surprise. They have been so supportive of my endeavors and made me a cake, brought gifts and even had balloons – it was fun.”