Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jalpa Williby: Guest Blog

Jalpa Williby immigrated to the United States at the age of eight. Faced with many obstacles in the “new country”, including learning English, Williby pushed herself to overcome all of the challenges. A voracious reader, Williby’s adolescence was marked by a promising academic career. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments. Juggling her time as a wife, a mother, and working full-time, her love for books never subsided.

Never the one to shy away from any challenges, Williby’s most recent endeavor is to conquer the literary world. Williby’s debut novel, Chaysing Dreams, has been successful and has received multiple five star reviews from Readers’ Favorite, earning the five star seal. Williby recently released the highly anticipated sequel, Chaysing Memories, which also received multiple five star reviews from Readers’ Favorite. With both novels being Amazon best sellers, Williby is now feverishly working on the final installment of the Chaysing Trilogy.

Why I became an author:
      I’ve read my whole life, and I love escaping in a good book. As a young girl, I used to write just to express myself. Actually, on all my personality tests, I always fall in the “expressive” category, which doesn't surprise me one bit.

I have his crazy imagination, and I've been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. So, about three years ago, I told myself that I'm going to try to write a book. At first, I didn't think I was going to do anything with it. But when I had my sister and couple of my friends read the manuscript for Chaysing Dreams, they encouraged me to publish it. I completely fell in love with the characters and their story, so I decided that their story shouldn't just stop with a few friends and me. I felt that if I didn't introduce these characters to the world, I'd be doing them a disservice. I also realized that I love writing. Not only is it therapeutic for me, but it’s pretty empowering to know that you created something.

When I decided to publish Chaysing Dreams, I didn't want to do the traditional publishing route because I felt that it would just take too long. So, I researched a bit on how to self-publish, and it’s been an amazing ride so far. Chaysing Dreams was published in August of 2013 and Chaysing Memories was published in April of 2014. I'm fortunate that it’s been received so well by the readers. I love getting messages from them on how much they love my writing style, or they've completely fallen for Chayse and Tess. It’s positive messages like these that motivate me to continue writing.

So, as I pursue my journey as an author, I'm currently working on the final installment of the Chaysing Trilogy.  I've challenged myself to write the best story I can possibly write for Chaysing Destiny. I want the readers “there,” right by the characters. I want them to feel every emotion and to remember these characters even after they finish reading. From these series, I want them to find that escape that we all crave in this crazy world we live in. If I can accomplish that through my stories even for a few people, then that’s enough for now.

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