Words. Words. Words. Monica Barber is a master of them. Connecting with us in the free time between the magic that she crafts so effortlessly, Monica invites WBM into her world.
We would like to invite you also. Read on and most importantly get familiar. Find out the importance of words in her life and how she plans to make a difference in the lives of others.
WBM: Who is Monica Barber?
MONICA: I’m a writer, a daughter, a sister, and an aunt. I work as a clerk for child and family services at a community services agency, and I’m a freelance writer. I have two published e-books with a third on the way.
WBM: Where are you from?
MONICA: Modesto, California.
MONICA: I am very passionate about music and the arts. I enjoy traveling, being outdoors, creating furniture and snapping photos.
WBM: From what we hear, you’re quite exceptional with the written word. What does expression in this medium mean to you?
MONICA: It’s a way to tell a story. A person can express a story in different ways. It can come through word of mouth, by photo, song, or so forth. But there’s something about writing that lets the reader step into a world that’s been created by another person while using their own imagination to envision it. Imagery can be described in great detail but it is up to the reader to decide what they see and feel. I think my favorite part about working in the medium of written word is that every person will interpret the story differently.
WBM: What would you say your writing style is like?
MONICA: My style… I think style varies with every writer, every artist, every medium. I have been told that my work is beautifully dark and also subversive.
WBM: How long have you been writing?
MONICA: Most of my life, in some form or another. Ever since I can remember picking up a pencil and being able to make words into stories.
WBM: Self-taught or is this something you went to school for?
MONICA: Perhaps a little of both. I went to college, majored in English, but never contemplated being a writer.
WBM: Are there works of any other writers you’re inspired by?
MONICA: Chuck Palahniuk. “Invisible Monsters” changed my life. Of course, Anais Nin, Charles Bukowski, [and] Sylvia Plath, are some of my favorites. But by [and] large Palahniuk.
WBM: Is there anyone you would like to work with in the future?
MONICA: The ultimate dream would be to work with Palahniuk. Also I’d love to be involved in writing for television. I love what the writers of “American Horror Story” have done and think that would be a interesting writing table to sit at. Right now though, I would love to work with both a musician and an artist, mixed media or photography, to create a project that combines written word, music and art.
WBM: What are your thoughts on success?
MONICA: Success is up to every person. We are all capable of being successful. When a person accomplishes and reaches a goal, they are successful. Highly successful people continue to set goals and never give up until they reach them.
WBM: What type of impact would you like to make with your writing?
MONICA: I’d like to see people find some entertainment in what I’ve written and enjoy themselves.
WBM: What’s next?
MONICA: I’m planning to publish more e-books, I want to be published in hardback, and I’m planning work on a couple of scripts.
WBM: Any advice for those looking to pursue their aspirations their efforts?
MONICA: Keep going and believe in yourself. Stay passionate about what you’re doing. Accept criticism and be willing to change. Be open to taking risks. Mostly, keep going and reaching toward your dream.
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