“It takes obsession, love for the written word and a fair amount of insanity to want to be a writer full time.”
Meet GirlCrew Dublin member, writer Yahaira L. Reyes
Reading and writing are incredibly important to me and my love of literature was deeply instilled from a very young age. At home shelves teem with well-worn books, oftentimes four titles deep and our house was television free until I was in secondary school. It’s always a thrill to find a new, and exciting, author, and it’s great that we’ve one among us.
Yahaira L. Reyes, GirlCrew Dublin, would describe her profile as “romantic and dreamlike”- she says “there is not a lot of logic in what I’m doing, I just know I have to keep writing…I started writing short stories and poems when I was 16 years old. Wrote my first short story that won an award in the Dominican Republic at 17.” While talented, Yahiara has struggled with motivation and discipline “through the years…I would start plenty of stories. Fascinating ideas for stories full of magical realism and dark, gritty tales that would awaken even the most asleep of emotions were put down in paper. Unfortunately, a lack of discipline and that lovely brand of teenage angst and insecurities prevented me from finishing the stories.” And there is still a strong streak of self-doubt as she was even worried about whether she would be suitable for this piece, “I hope you guys think [this] is worth the feature!” – let us assure you she is more than qualified, but I’m delighted that she holds the series in such high esteem.
Thankfully, Yahaira is back writing away “[after] a casual comment from a friend, I decided to wake up and get back on the writing wagon. I am now looking for publishers for my first novel, writing a second one and sharing my short stories online. I have also written different articles for different online and printed magazines in Europe and Australia.” I may quite biased, as magic realism is one of my go-to genres, but if you are looking for something to read that’s gripping and full of unexpected twists head over to fictionhaze.com. It’s only a matter of time before this lady gets picked up, so get in there now so you can regale people with your extensive knowledge of the Yahaira L. Reyes back catalogue.
1. What is the best thing about your role?
One of the best comments I received about my stories was someone who told me that I have a tugging effect on people’s emotion. I tried to wake them up, to feel. I find it amazing to be able to reach people through my stories. Although I am still trying to reach many people, the feeling being able is already there and I love it.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
Haha! trying to get people to read and publish my stories. The phrase “X writer was rejected X amount of times” is the one of the things that keep me going. The fact that I can’t stop writing, because the stories are in my head trying to crawl out is a less pleasant reason.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
There are two actually. Finishing an entire novel, writing the word FIN on it proved my inner nagging voice wrong. I can actually do this! And having my first feature based on my original idea for an article on Totally Dublin. Relationships between people of different nationalities is a very interesting subject and one that has always been close to my heart. Writing and having that feature published was exhausted but I was beaming with pride when it came out.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
There is a saying that goes: “there is a book in everyone”. That might be true, but there are plenty of those books that will never see the light of day. It takes obsession, love for the written word and a fair amount of insanity to want to be a writer full time. I’m not there in full yet but at this point is too late for me to go back. And I’m loving every absurd moment!
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
If you are not hurting anybody, do whatever makes you happy and whatever works for you!
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