Indie author and illustrator, Nancy M. Berrios has a new book coming out: 15 MINUTES THAT MATTER: Raising Up A Wonderful Generation. In light of her upcoming book release, I’ve caught up with Berrios and asked her to answer a few questions about her life as a creative.
1. What books have had the biggest inﬂuence on your life?
I tend to read the kind of books that will inspire, motivate, or challenge me to get out of my comfort zone and move me in the direction of improving myself intellectually, personally, and spiritually.
2. How do you deﬁne success?
Success is when someone shares with me that I am inspiring them to pursue their own dream of wanting to become creative too.
3. What is the most diﬃcult part of your artistic process?
The artistic process can be a rather lonely experience. However, it is all worth it. Take into consideration that it will not happen if you do not make time for it. This requires discipline and intentionality. Creative expressions do not materialize out of thin air. It begins with removing all distractions. Get ready to spend a lot of time in isolation.
4. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I am not writing…
I love to spend time reading, sharing life with others, (I love long heart to heart conversations) traveling, exercising, and most importantly, on soul care.
5. What message do you have for young artists and writers who are following in your footsteps?
Stay true to your purpose and inspiration. Others might try to change or inﬂuence your message, especially if what you are doing is challenging them or breaking down their own paradigms. Be ready for rejection, criticism, and a lack of vision for what you do. Many creatives have shared ideas that are ahead of their times. However, remember this: History has proven that the pen is mightier than the sword and that it is art that imitates life.
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