Book Title: As We Are (Soulmarked #4)
Print Length: Novella
Posting: Gay, Contemporary, Paranormal
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (October 30, 2014)
Author: Willa Okati
Posting Date: November 06, 2014
The Guest Blog by Willa Okati:
Ten things most people (probably) don’t know about me—
1. I started reading, self-taught, when I was less than two years old. Actual month varies depending on who you’re asking, but it’s true. According to my mother she always knew when I’d finally gone down for a nap when she stopped hearing me launch Little Golden Books out of the big girl bed and against the wall as I finished each one. She says that’s when she knew I would have something to do with writing when I grew up.
2. These days, I would probably describe myself as genderqueer. Mostly. While the nitty-gritty of demi-gynoromantic/demi-androsexual may be a bit of a mouthful, it’s worth it to know who and what I am. It was one of the most eye-opening moments in my life when I finally understood that gender is not binary. I’ll talk about it for hours if I’m allowed to.
3. I love the color red. Love it to a slightly alarming degree for someone who isn’t a mass murderer or a cherry farmer. It’s so vibrant and celebratory! Red almost always finds its way into my stories one way or another.
4. I hated coffee when I first tried it. Granted, I was 12 at the time and my palate wasn’t exactly developed. Tasted terrible (spoiler: it was instant freeze-dried crystals). I figured I just needed to dose it up, right? I added cocoa, milk, sugar, and in desperation, butter. (Don’t ask. I have no idea why.) Right around that point was when I decided this caffeine stuff was for the birds. Eight years later in college, however…
5. I admit that it’s probably bananas, but I do believe in ghosts. I’ve seen a few strange things in my time, including a rocker on the front porch of an old family house. It tends to kick-start itself every so often and just goes for a while regardless of wind or weather. Whoever it is, they’re a kindly entity, and if setting a spell to rock the afterlife away works for them, who am I to judge?
6. I didn’t know it was possible to have attention-deficit disorder until I was in my 30’s. After all, I’m about as far from “hyper” as you can get. But problems concentrating? Oh yes. All my life. I truly wish I’d found out earlier rather than spending so long thinking I was just broken in a way I couldn’t understand. Still, I’m choosing to let life imitate art that way. Learn from your mistakes. Keep going.
7. Learning that last bit was the single hardest thing I’ve had to do as a grown person.
8. I take great pleasure in smartassing my way through life. Probably a little too much so, but on the other hand if I can make people laugh, then I think I’m okay with that. It’s why I love writing romantic comedy as much as I do stories with angst and heart. Sometimes the best medicine ever is to let go and laugh it out. It’s a joy to be able to do that by putting words together on a page.
9. Despite all of the above, I am painfully shy. It’s my new life goal to be able to go to a conference and meet the fantastic people I’ve spoken to online. It will happen one of these days. I’m determined.
10. Despite being painfully shy, I’m so glad to have reached this point in my life. Doing what I do. Learning to be patient with myself. Discovering new worlds hidden within a handful of words. Falling in love right along with my characters. Reading everything I can get my hands on, and savoring the stories when I’m done. Reading it or writing it, you know you’re on to something when it lingers. The best stories never truly end.
So, who knows? Maybe someday there’ll be room on an old porch swing for me. And if the wind turns a few pages of an open book now and then, folks will know just who to blame.