Who is Neesa

I remember, when I was a kid, probably about 6 or 7 years old, I had this teddy bear. He was probably pink when he was new, but by the time I had loved him, he had turned a dirty purple. He had a hole in his paw from one of our misadventures. I remember sticking a pencil in that hole, and writing a short picture book for my little sister who was just learning to read. Of course, I was shy about my writing, so I claimed the bear did it.

I have to write, I don’t really have a choice about that. If I don’t write I get extremely depressed and grumpy. For me, writing is just cheaper than Prozac.

I’ve never been very good at talking to people. I think that’s why I enjoy writing. I’m terrible at telling a story, but give me a piece of paper and a pen, and I can show you the worlds that are rolling around in my head.

My husband Dug has been a source of much inspiration for me. He tells me such wonderful stories, and I find myself falling in love with the characters and worlds that we create together.

Music also inspires me. Most of the characters I have created were a song once. Because I love such a wide variety of characters, I love a wide range of music. I will listen to just about every type out there.

I want my writing to explore real characters in intensely emotional ways. I like to delve into the heart of my characters, and bring out the best and worst of their personalities. When people read my stories, I want them to fall for the characters as hard as I have fallen for them. I want to touch people on a deep level, and maybe, make the world a more tolerant and caring place.


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