I loved writing from a really young age. It had always been a passion of mine, but I came into my own as a philosophy major at University of Rhode Island, most likely as a result of having to explore so many in-depth concepts. Writing allowed me to understand and meditate on what I was learning. A few years later, I subconsciously began sculpting and crafting my own style of fiction with philosophy as an ongoing backdrop. I think just having so many experiences with the abundance of traveling and moving that I’ve done, combined with the amazing people I’ve met along the way has given me vast material and characteristics to ponder and create with. I have this bond with life and trying to really understand it and live it well, which I tend to analyze through certain characters or events in my books.
I don’t write with the intent of having a target audience. I think people from all walks of life can relate to certain scenarios or characters within my books. I do feel that my writing can be taken on various levels of thinking or open-mindedness. My goal is for it to be universally enjoyed. I would describe my writing as being meaningful and hopeful in terms of the relativity of its content to life and experiences. Also, it is controversial and thought-provoking because it does push limits and ask the reader to contemplate and suspend a certain disbelief in the accepted norm, to philosophize, and to walk away with the idea that life is a vat of endless possibilities.
It’s difficult to pinpoint one influence because I’m an avid reader. I laugh with the cynics and cry with the saints, and my own writing seems to fit somewhere within the gray area of that pretense. I’m most influenced by those philosophers and writers that have made me question. To name a few….John Irving, Ayn Rand, Dan Brown, Simone de Beauvoir, Jack Kerouac, Freud, Sartre, Socrates…and the infinite list goes on.
My debut novel, Existing the Moments, is distinguishable in its raw telling of the basic human emotions that we all experience at one point or another in life…love, pain, anger, loss, happiness, cynicism, idealism…they’re all there in a sort of Ying and Yang tale about a person struggling to understand life itself and the hand she’s been dealt. Existing the Moments stands alone as my only novel written in first-person point of view. I thought it necessary to have the book simulate the memoirs of main character, Maria Vittalini, that this would allow readers to really connect and feel on a deeper level. It’s a very special book, maybe because it’s my first, but more likely because of its exploration.