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Born Sonya Daniela Gonzalez, D.S. Fisichella is a Costa Rican author based out of the United States of America. She discovered her love for reading and poetry at a young age and went on to be published first in high school and later, college. D.S. got the idea for her first book, Dreamer, as a newlywed, expecting mother, going on to write for four years until it’s publication in the summer of 2021. Her work with youth of all ages has inspired the many (sometimes difficult) topics in her novel, her aim being to open up a conversation about the many challenges in adolescence, but all with a bit of hope for the reader. It is her belief that even a fictional book doesn’t have to be fake.

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goodreads questions answered!

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

 

 The best thing about being a writer, for me, anyway, is creating something you can share with the world. Something with the potential to make a difference in someone’s life. As a Christian writer I must be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, there may be lessons, after-all, the He wishes to include in my book for certain readers. Finding out, even years down the line, the purpose for my wording in a passage, is so humbling. A sentence I may have forgotten all about may speak a message to a reader that will bring them closer to God.

What are you currently working on?

 

 I have three works in progress. I can’t say much except, if you’ve read DREAMER, you’ll be pleased :)

How do you deal with writer’s block?

 

I step away. Go out to the world, live a little longer, get inspired, read, listen to music. When the ideas come, they will flow.

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

 

Write what you know. You may have heard this before but truly, this advice was a game changer for me! My first draft was so saturated with me that you’d think I plagiarized my own life, but as I started to tell myself the story, different aspects shone forth. I started stripping away my “self” to reveal the core of a brand new story and characters that were taking on their very own beautiful and unique personalities. Lastly, for my Christian writers, take your cues from the Author of Life! When you read scripture, take note of how perfectly he weaves history together with even the smallest things, conversations, or decisions that go on to make all the difference! Weaving a story is a lot like weaving together a life. The person only sees the thread ahead, but you see the great tapestry!

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