Hello! My name is Alison R. Faria. I’ve worn many different freelancing hats (writing, editing, transcription, and quality assurance).
What’s your educational background?
I attended Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating magna cum laude with a major in writing, literature, and publishing, and a minor in history.
When did you start writing?
I’ve always had an interest in writing—even when I was too young to actually write! One of my earliest memories is of drawing pictures and then dictating to my grandfather the story that was to correspond with them.
I began my career as a freelance writer when I was in my junior year of high school, writing informational articles. SEO writing then became my focus for several years. Now, I prefer to only write creatively (short stories, blog posts, and poetry).
Who are your favorite writers?
I’m a fan of classic literature and poetry, so I would have to say that Shakespeare (regardless of actual identity), Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe are favorites.
As for present-day writers, my favorite is David McCullough (his biography of John Adams is unparalleled).
What inspires you creatively?
I’m inspired by quiet acts of kindness by regular people, as well as the beauty of nature in every season.
What are some of your other pastimes?
Volunteering, photography, writing fiction and poetry, reading nonfiction, knitting, and nature walks.
Do you have a motto?
Yes! My motto is, “The mistakes of the past can be learned in the present to make a better future.”
What advice do you have for aspiring creatives?
Never ignore that indefinable something within you that cries out to create art, be it through writing, painting, music, photography, etc. Believe in your talent, know that you have much to give to the world, and shine!