We interview people 30 and under for their take on life, and we hope their stories will inspire you. Contrasts and paradoxes are part and parcel of life – which therefore seems quite black and white at times. This issue we interview Allison Garcia.
Born in: Box Hill, Victoria
Lives in: Greenvale, Victoria
What are you doing with your life now?
I am a Melbourne based published writer and I’m currently finishing off my fourth novel idea. Writing is my great passion and I like the whole creative process that is involved. I can’t imagine doing anything else as a career. I love the idea that I can create characters and stories from my own imagination with such ease and build a world around them.
Do you have other plans for your future life?
I am also planning a children’s picture book – so that is very exciting – and I also strive to be a better writer. I believe that there is always room for improvement. Additionally I would like to motivate other aspiring writers and show them that their publishing dreams can come true, like it did for me.
How are you going to achieve that?
My sister is a great illustrator who also designs video games – so she can help me with the children’s book. In terms of becoming a better writer, I want to immerse myself more in the writing industry by networking more with other authors and exchange ideas and information. I want to take more time and read more books and hopefully form a community group where new and emerging writers can come together to help motivate each another.
What do you think about goal setting?
For me, it is extremely important. It helps me reach my goals and assists me in staying organised. Without any goal setting, my writing would be all over the place. I have a set time and place where I conduct my writing and I treat it like an appointment that I cannot miss. It also helps me to stay focused and motivated when I achieve my goals.
What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you?
When Horizon Publishing Group told me that they would like to publish my work. I was so happy that I cried. Also when I bought my sausage dog, Fifi. She has brought me so much happiness and she’s the perfect companion when I write for hours.
What effect did that have on your life?
When Horizon accepted my work, I felt incredibly grateful and I knew there and then that if someone normal like me can get published, then so can anyone else who has the same passion and drive. As for Fifi, she keeps me happy and even though I could have the worst day and have writer’s block, she’ll always cheer me up and keep me going.
What’s the most challenging situation you’ve been through?
It has to be when I got rejected by so many publishers and agents after I put in so many hours and energy into my work. Some never got back to me and others just said that my work was not for them. I almost gave up and said to myself that maybe this industry is not meant for me, but I didn’t know what else I was good at and I didn’t have a passion for anything else, and this scared me.
How did that affect you?
It was an emotional setback, and it was not easy reading so many rejection letters, but something inside me kept telling me to not give up. I was upset reading that so many new authors (who never read a book in their life) got an agent and a publisher so easily. But the more I heard stories like these, the more determined I became, and I actually started to feel happy for them – we all deserve to have our dreams come true for us.
Have you been able to see the gift in that?
Absolutely. I have learnt that having patience, determination and a positive attitude will pay generous dividends. I now know that all those rejections only brought me closer to the right publisher and I have Horizon to thank for making my publishing dreams come true. They are a great team that listen and respect what I have to say. I’m definitely in a good place now!
Do you have a sense of yourself as being more than your body and brain?
Yes. I honestly believe in the soul, our higher self, and I feel with certainty that we are all much more than our physical bodies. There must be more to us than what we see.
Do you have a feeling that there is an energy greater than you, something that might have all the answers?
I do believe that there is a power, a force, an energy, that is greater than us but at the same time, is equal to all of us. I feel that this energy can have all the answers but I also believe that when certain things happen to us, it’s happened for a very specific reason and there is a hidden blessing in each event.
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