Today we’re joined by Hillary M. Hillary is a wonderfully talented and versatile artist. She’s a visual artist and an author. She’s currently working on a sci-fi series entitled Violet Pearls. She also dabbles in a number of visual mediums, as you’ll see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am currently writing the Violet Pearls Series. It’s a sci-fi novel series beginning with the first finished novel Violet Pearls and has three more installments planned. When I’m not writing, I love to play with film photography, digital art, and acrylic paints. I’ve also been attempting a comic series and a lit series on DeviantArt but I’ve found I’m very bad at keeping on track with them!
What inspires you?
I think a lot of my inspiration comes from just how nerdy my family is. I can’t stop consuming sci-fi and fantasy stories and I blame it all on Harry Potter and Star Wars. But as an adult I’ve found that the things that inspire me the most are the stories that haven’t been told and need to be which is why I try to make the characters in my novels as complex as I can. I think that complex “good” characters need to triumph in the worlds of our books and movies because sometimes those characters are the ones that give us courage and camaraderie in the “real” one.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’m a student now, but I do hope to continue writing and creating more art in the future. I think I’ve always said I wanted to be “a vet who is an artist” or “a psychologist who is an artist” and that every new profession I thought of would just sort of be in tandem with my art. I’ve never thought of giving up on art because it’s just always been a part of my identity.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Well I think it might ruin a bit of the “mystique” to my writing, but one of the symbols I’ve used as a large plot point in my novel series is based on how I used to spell a certain letter wrong as a kid!
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
That’s a hard question because I still feel so young and aspiring myself. But I can say that art doesn’t have to be anything you don’t want it to be. People will be snooty about art or aggressive or relaxed or just plain indifferent towards it. There is no “right way” to make art, so make it in the way that will allow you to feel what you want to feel. You are the only audience that you are required to please.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am demisexual/heteroromantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve never experienced anything outright, mostly because I think most people, including a lot of us on the asexual spectrum, are still unaware of this area in sexuality. Even the most open-minded people I’ve talked to haven’t heard of it until I explained what it was.
If I do come across ignorance in my everyday life it usually comes across when talking about couples and romance. In these instances I interject issues that are important such as emotional health and stress how this is an important factor in any relationship beyond just physicality.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That there’s only one type of asexuality.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
This is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. Take your time checking things out. If you finally get that sudden burst of speed and find yourself at the finish line—great. If you’re still jogging along and unsure about your label, don’t give up. And sometimes you can be like me—thinking you’d finished the race but found that you were just at a pit stop until the real finish line came across.
Take your time. The good news is that this is about you and only you can label yourself even if it means not labeling at all!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
The first chapters of Violet Pearls is available on wattpad here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/8765327-violet-pearls
The book series’ site at: http://violetpearls.violetpearlsseries.com
My deviantart page is here: http://littlemsartsy.deviantart.com
And my tumblr art blog is here: http://illumoonated.tumblr.com
Thank you so much, Hillary, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.