I know the author bio formula. I’m supposed to offer up my credentials, and then tie my work and life experiences to the novel. I’m expected to volunteer a bit of generic information about my personal life, and then end with a one-liner that makes me seem relatable.
So let’s get that out of the way, shall we?
Nina Navisky holds degrees in both psychology and speech-language pathology. She has worked with both children and adults with a wide range of neurological disabilities, and drew from her own family’s struggle with autism in the creation of her debut novel. Born and bred in Massachusetts, she completed her studies in Atlanta, Providence, and Washington, D.C. prior to returning to her hometown, where she now lives with her husband and two sons.
But the problem with conventional biographies is that they don’t give the reader any insight into who the author really is, and I think that’s important. When I finish reading a book that has resonated with me, then I want to know more than a few dry facts about the author.
So here’s what I’d like to share:
I like my imaginary friends. I know it sounds pretentious and authorish, but it’s the truth. I’ve spent the last several years with them, and I’m going to miss them.
Control is absolute when writing a novel; all of the characters’ dreams, decisions, thoughts, and words must bend to the writer’s will. It’s an illusory power, but an enormous one, and concentrating on the characters’ problems sustained me during a period in my life when I was powerless to solve my own.
But at a certain indefinable point, I began to experience the situations with the characters rather than control them. That isn’t to say that I threw out my plentiful outlines or timelines. But I no longer had to think about how they would respond to the situation I’d contrived, or what their facial expressions, mannerisms, or interior thoughts might be. I could predict their reactions because I’d lived in their heads.
If you’ve arrived at this page after having read the novel, then I’d like to begin by saying that I hope I’ve been able to make the characters as vivid for you as they are for me. But more importantly, I’d like to thank you for devoting some of your valuable free time to reading my book. It is the greatest compliment an author can receive.