I've going out on a limb lately with my writing, blogging six days a week being but one of the activities. I'm working on those four books I've mentioned as being in the fire and that's a handful. I'm also submitting to writing journals and going out for grants.
Recently, I applied for a grant wherein we had to create an artistic statement. I've done that plenty for my fine art but writing? No. So when I created one I was quite excited by what came out of me. Here's a bit of it, sans exclamation points.
My identity and background color many aspects of my work. I have written the first draft of a novel, which began as a memoir. I moved away from creative nonfiction when I found fiction would allow the exploration of imagined psychological landscapes, impossible to tap through memoir. Now I am working on my second novel, called “Out of the Blue." Both novels have protagonists whose lives are set back in time, living in rural areas (similar to mine) from underprivileged and limiting backgrounds.
My protagonists are both teenagers dealing with issues of identity; sorting it out for themselves in relation to those around them. They are challenged by superimposed limits, which are broken during the course of the novel.
My writing features marginalized and down-trodden main characters that go through extensive transformation during the course of the books. I've found fertile ground where I explore themes and motifs of interest in the genres of Young Adult Paranormal Literary Fantasy.
The realm of my characters contains a hefty helping of mythology, folklore and magic. Placing the stories back in time allows the presentation of cultural information and little known aspects of our history—histories shared by all, regardless of where the reader lives or from which country they hail.
It is my intention to create fiction that enlightens and stretches boundaries. I want my readers to understand: no matter where they come from or what challenges they face, transformation and healing is within reach.
So my question for you dear visitor to my blog, what do you like to write or read about? Have you ever had to write an artistic statement? Did you learn from it or was it a great big pain in the butt? Looking forward to hearing from you.