Sunday, September 29, 2013
Gothic Blend is especially privileged to be joined by Belinda Hicks. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and visit with us.
Tell us a little bit about who Belinda Hicks is.
Hmmm…good question! How would I sum up about myself? Well first thing would be that I am a mother of four amazing children, I’ve lived in Morgantown West Virginia basically my whole life. I like to think I am funny…never a dull moment when it comes to me….lol….But basically I am just as normal as everyone one is. I like to think there is more out there in the world than what we think there is. I am not a skeptic..I believe there is things out there that will come to play before the end of time….and if not than I guess the universe is a big let down. But that’s me and my opinion.
Your books deal with Vampires and other supernatural beings, where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from other authors, movies, music, pictures I see on Facebook. Pictures are a big thing to me. When I see a Gothic picture that strikes me the words to flow in my head…and I have to get them down.
Do you find that your ideas to write new material come at specific times of the day?
When I began to write I can get stuck in anyway like most writings. But mostly right when I go to bed and lay my head down is when the best stuff usually comes to me. Then I have to get up write it down before I forget. It can be a nuisance some times.
Can you give us some insight on your writing process?
Insight on writing…hmmm not sure how I would put insight on writing. I just write what is in my head or how I am feeling. I have music playing all the time and just let it relax me to where ideas come or thoughts on a topic.
How long does it take you to write a new book?
My poetry books didn’t take as long as I thought it would…I write all the time. It’s just picking and proof reading your work and getting it together. My first book took me a little over a couple of months and my second about a month. Now the trilogy I’m working on I have been working on it for about five years now.
Belinda Hicks Talks with Gothic BlendWho are your main influences?
My main influences belong to the life I have lived, plus I give prop’s to three authors. If it was for William Shakespeare, I may have never loved plays and the tragedy he always writes, Edgar Allan Poe is another he is the reason I love dark poetry and I wish I can follow his steps and then there is the lovely Anne Rice. She has made me fall more in love with Vampires. The way she writes gives me chills…I remember the first book I read of her’s it was The Vampire Armand. I loved that book and had to read the rest. I wish to be like these three authors.
You currently have two books published, Dancing In The Mist Of Shadows and Peeking Through The Veil Of Shadows. Are you working on a third book?
Yes, I do have two books out now, Peeking Through The Veil Of Shadows and Dancing In The Mist Of Shadows and yes I am working on a third as we speak, it’s called Crying In The Cloak Of Shadows. I want to make a series of poetry books all with a shadow theme to them.
The cover art on both books is beautiful. Who was the artist and how did you come in contact with them?
The cover to my books start off with a picture from Google stock image and I send it to my publisher Barry Mowles and he designs them for me. He is great, I really like how they turn out.
What has been the biggest surprise along the way?
The biggest surprise was when I actually got to hold my first book in my hands. It was the greatest feeling in the world to finally see my book and my words out there in a book.
What have been some of your biggest challenges along the way?
My biggest challenge was actually getting the courage to have others read what I wrote. I never thought my writings were good. But A friend of mine added me to two poetry groups on Facebook and I was shocked at the comments I would get on my stuff. I had people telling me that they are my life long fan now, after the first month of slowly showing my work I have got the courage I never thought I had in me. I am now in about 15 poetry groups and I help people run two of them, plus I help a friend run a poetry page on Facebook along with my own page. If you would like to check them out they are Poetry and Friends and mine is Shadows.
What words of encouragement would you give to other aspiring authors?
Words of encouragement, I would say never give up. Even if you think you’re writing is not that good you would be surprised how others would like them. Yes, there will always be someone who criticism stuff but you have to take a step back and look at the positive comments you get, because writings, write because that is what we love to do. So, I say keep doing what you love and don’t let anyone tell you, you are wrong. It’s a sided coin in life some will like and some won’t but it matters what you feel.
Belinda Hicks Talks with Gothic BlendI really enjoyed this and I hope everyone got an idea of who I am. I am honored for this chance to let you into my head and my world as a writer. Just remember never let anyone say you can’t do anything you want. Show them you can be who you want in life.