“One day I decided to write a song or two here and there, which led to writing poetry, and now I have a book.” —Ellisha GriffithTweet
What is your name, where are you from and what are your hobbies?
My name is Ellisha Grifffith. I am from the beautiful island of Barbados. My hobbies are cooking, travelling, meditation, going to the beach, jewellery making, collecting crystals, and doing lashes.
How did growing up as a writer looked like for you?
Well I never grew up thinking I would ever become a writer. As time went by I was basically just writing my thoughts in a journal. One day I decided to write a song or two here and there, which led to writing poetry, and now I have a book.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing is a great way for me to express myself and my thoughts. Sometimes it’s hard to get exactly what I want to say down but I can’t say that it is exhausting. It’s a great experience so far.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Yes I have.
How did publishing your first book (If you have any) change your process of writing?
Publishing my first book was super exciting for me. The process makes me want to push myself even harder to write many more books.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
There are no characters. I write based off of my own experiences in life.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Well I only recently published my first book so I don’t have that many reviews. If in the future I ever get a bad review I won’t take it any way because everyone has their own opinion about things and not everyone will like what I write.
What inspires you to write?
Life, my experiences, and my wisdom through growing spiritually.
How do you expect your book (If you have any) to connect with your readers?
I want my book to inspire people no matter their age, gender, or race. I want everyone to feel connected through my words. I want them to know that life doesn’t have to be lived alone but through my books they can find themselves and have a more positive outlook on life and everyday experiences.
What was your hardest scene to write in one of your books (If you have any)?
Well finding the words to say exactly what I want to say or express how I feel can be difficult at times.
Why should I purchase your book (If you have any)?
My book is very uplifting and it will resonate with you because at some point in life we all go through these phases or experiences. Most of the time we don’t know what to do and if we do we sometimes we just want that inspiration or motivation to help us through.
Do you want each of the book you write (If you have any) to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I’m still trying to figure that out but I think eventually my books will build a connection with each other to tell my story.
What do you believe are the common traps for aspiring writers?
One common trap would be trying to rush the process. Writers should spend enough time to write your story well. I think this happens because of excitement to get the book published and out there.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to start writing. When you have an idea in your head write it down piece by piece and sooner than later you will see your book coming together. Don’t look at how much content you have. With time and more experience you will master it.