Perseverance, more than anything else, has been my biggest attribute as a writer.
Drive, determination, perseverance… I suppose all those traits are interchangeable, but each on its own is a difficult thing to master. Life gets in the way for everyone at times. How you respond to those roadblocks is what matters.
My passion for writing started when I was a kid. I used to sneak novels off my father’s bookshelf, and it opened a whole new world to me – I fell instantly in love. I had to have a book in hand at all times, and it wasn’t long before I attempted to emulate the books that I enjoyed so much.
I wrote short stories back then; for my eyes only, of course. I never dreamt of sharing my writing with anyone else. Sure, I loved to write, but I also realized doing so left me vulnerable and exposed to criticism. Nevertheless, the fire to become a fulltime successful writer grew.
Life gets in the way. I went to work in my family business soon after high school. The long hours I put in shelved my dream, or so I told myself. The few short stories I managed to write only made my heart ache more for something I thought I’d never be able to achieve. Every time I walked into a bookstore, I felt a desperate tug on my soul. Eventually, I started my own business. By then, whatever free time I had was completely consumed.
Some journeys are just meant to take longer than others. After so many years of making excuses and fretting that time had passed me by, I decided to challenge myself: if I could sit down and write a book, then my dream deserved to be pursued. If not, I’d let it go. In 2005, I wrote my first horror novel by hand, and in the process, broke through the barriers that had held me back for so long.
I can tell you from experience that a writer can find a hundred excuses to hide behind, and a hundred more to avoid trying; whether it’s fear of rejection, public criticism, or just the insecurity of failing oneself, it can be crippling. But in my case, I needed to grow comfortable in my own skin, to learn who I was as a person and embrace it before I could try. The funny thing is, none of that has to do with writing. All of it has to do with my own confidence. I look at it this way: you can’t truly sing without soul, if you try, the notes sound flat, and I think the same holds true for writing.
Drive, determination, perseverance… Life gets in the way. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to climb the mountain; it matters that you keep the flames stoked within. Eventually, you’ll conquer it, and it won’t be long until you’re eying the apex of the next.
Dusk and Summer
When his dying father whispers a cryptic message to him, he has no choice but to summon his courage and begin the quest of a lifetime. It’s a race against time to realize his father’s wish and fulfill his own destiny; it’s a discovery of the unbreakable bond between father and son. It’s a journey of the heart that unfolds where only the Chosen exist – in the moments between Dusk and Summer.
“A poignant, metaphoric conversation between son and father. A story that will warm your heart.”
–Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., bestselling author of The Ditchdigger’s Daughters
The author will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
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About Joseph A. Pinto:
Joseph A. Pinto is the horror author of two published books and numerous short stories; he is a member of the Horror Writers Association as well the founder of Pen of the Damned, a collective of angst and horror driven writers. Indulge in his unique voice on his personal blog josephpinto.com and PenofTheDamned.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JosephAPinto. Joseph hails from New Jersey where he lives with his wife and young daughter.
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