Transcript from The Nature of Authors Episode 001: The Depth of Characters with Essence Bonitaz
Chrissy Holm (00:02): Do you love to talk about books? Do you wonder how authors build their stories? Each month, I'll take you on the journey of discovering how authors work. Listen to how writers explain their craft and the mission behind their writing with The Nature of Authors. I'm your host, Chrissy Holm. Let's talk books.
Chrissy Holm (00:25):
I'm very excited to welcome our first guest, Essence Bonitaz, author of Ajha's Web: A Series. Today, we're going to be talking about contemporary fiction and the depth of characters.
Chrissy Holm (00:38):
Hello? Hello. How are you doing today?
Essence Bonitaz (00:43):
Doing well, doing well. It's a busy day.
Chrissy Holm (00:45):
Yes, definitely. Well, I'm so happy to have you. Thank you for joining us today. Essence. I really appreciate your time and I'm excited to talk more about your book and have some fun here today.
Essence Bonitaz (00:56):
Thank you. I'm delighted to join. So yes, this is fun. I'm excited.
Chrissy Holm (01:02):
Cool. I'm going to start off with a couple little icebreakers and then we'll dive into our topic a little bit more. We're going to start with nature because I'm outside. I don't know if you can tell. The bugs might be a little loud. But if you were to pick one of your favorite nature elements, what would it be? So maybe it's bugs, mountains, grass, trees. What would you say your favorite nature element is?
Essence Bonitaz (01:27):
Probably sun and then water. Hard to separate the two.
Chrissy Holm (01:34):
And then why are those your favorites?
Essence Bonitaz (01:36):
I am definitely someone who would suffer from seasonal effective disorder. So when it's gray, cloudy to rainy, even in the winters, when it's just cold and kind of just gray, it affects me big time. And my mood totally lifts when it's sunny. No matter how sad of a day it is, if it's sunny or I notice it's also like on a cloudy day and then the sun breaks, how it's just like... That.
Essence Bonitaz (02:07):
And then water. I love water, pictures of lakes, pictures of the ocean, pictures of river, and literally sometimes on Pinterest where there'll just be a snapshot of a puddle and some rocks. I'm like, oh, I love that. So there's something about water that also, I don't know, that also I just find interesting and uplifting for some reason.
Chrissy Holm (02:34):
Absolutely. I think the combo of them both like laying by a lake and the sun beating on you just can uplift and brighten the mood.
Essence Bonitaz (02:42):