Rogers, AR, USA
Field: Creative Writing
The ability to translate the wonders of one’s imagination into written word is one that requires great skill, time commitment, and most importantly, natural talent. Sylvia Fraley exercises all of these attributes and pours herself into her work as an author of novels on a variety of topics. On websites and in bookstores around Arkansas, Ms. Fraley’s books draw in audiences that appreciate drama, suspense, mystery and a little bit of romance. For this passionate writer, the greatest reward gleaned from her work — other than seeing her name in print — is knowing that readers are entertained when turning the pages of her novels.
Among some of the fascinating titles published by Ms. Fraley are “Eye to Eye,” the story of a chance meeting involving crime, near-death encounters and love; “Only a Fortune Cookie?”; and “Breeze…the Mermaid” and its sequel “Breeze…the Mermaid II: The Tridon,” which blur the line of reality between humans on land and mythical creatures in the sea. These exciting tales are the result of a similarly colorful life led by Ms. Fraley, whose experiences have taken her to many places throughout the globe and introduced her to a myriad of personalities, one of whom was Ronald B. Walkshorse, who illustrated book covers and contributed additional storylines for the “Breeze” series. The pair is set to release the third installment of the series and plans to continue their partnership with more publications.
In addition to her writing, Ms. Fraley is an insurance adjuster for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She has written fashion articles for the Los Angeles Times and created layouts for advertising agencies on a freelance basis. Her favorite activities include traveling to create new memories and writing material, and enjoying nature outdoors. To witness the beauty of many cultures and acquire a wider audience, she plans to publish her books worldwide.
Conversation with Sylvia Fraley
Who’s Who Publishers: What characteristics help to separate you from your competitors?
Sylvia Fraley: I have never written “by the book;” rather I write to please others.
What motivates you?
I am self-motivated.
What lessons have you learned as a professional in your field?
You have to be determined and have a never-give-up attitude.
What short-term and long-term goals are you currently pursuing?
My short-term goal is to continue writing and my long-term goal is to write my autobiography.
How do you plan to achieve these goals?
Through hard work; I will start at the beginning and complete them all the way to the end.
What has been the most difficult obstacle or challenge you have faced in pursuit of your goals?
My husband never wanted me to write.
What advice can you offer to fellow members aspiring to become involved in your industry?
Don’t be afraid and don’t quit. Put your right foot forward and keep following it.
Did you ever consider taking a different career path or another profession?
I am always looking at new horizons. Writing will always be primary, but I am also interested in health and body maintenance. Without that, my writing and adventures would not be as attainable as I wish.
What do you find to be the most rewarding about your profession?
Freedom of choice and imagination, and [I find reward in] others’ enjoyment.
Who have been your mentors or people who have greatly influenced you?
You are not going to believe this, but mostly the people who influence me are the people who say, “I can’t do that!,” “You can’t do that!” or “What are you doing that for?”
Do you do any public speaking?
On occasion with public schools.
Where do you find inspiration to write? Do you have any favorite subjects to write about?
My inspiration is found in everything seen and not seen, and having the “guts” to put it into words that someone else may enjoy. “Only a Fortune Cookie?” was written because I was eating a fortune cookie, looked down at it and bet myself that I couldn’t write about a fortune cookie [or any other mundane object] — so I wrote the book. You can do most anything you want to do, if you don’t allow another person to influence you with “You can’t do that” or “That will never work.” Be yourself!