As a child, you were probably encouraged by your parents to find a hobby. They probably nudged you in several different directions as you grew up, hoping you’d find the one thing you were really passionate about. Hobbies are important—they allow you to stay content and entertained in your spare time. Hobbies are like inanimate friends that you can build only better relationships with. Sometimes, as Hicksville native Cris Pasqueralle found, hobbies can even turn into a career.
“I always liked to write, I always dabbled, but I never really thought about publishing,” said Pasqueralle, a retired police officer. “[Writing] was always just a hobby.”
With a push from his daughters to put his hobby into motion, Pasqueralle realized he could turn his publishing dream into a reality and in 2014 he sat down to write his first book, Destiny Revealed—the first in what would evolve into a fantasy trilogy.
In what he said was like hitting the lotto, Destiny Revealed was discovered by a publishing group and allowed Pasqueralle to grow from being a self-published Amazon Kindle author, to a client published by Cosby Media Productions.
This April, Pasqueralle published his fifth and most recent novel, CC Mullens: The Case of The Orange Hair Ribbon. The story follows 12-year-old CC Mullens who, since his father’s death, gets psychic visions when he touches something that belongs to someone else. One day, he finds an orange hair ribbon and gets a vision of his classmate being kidnapped. He brings the ribbon to his uncle, a police detective, and together they try to find his missing classmate. Pasqueralle said he plans to turn CC Mullens into a series, but with each book serving as a standalone story—comparable to The Hardy Boys novels.
While he’s put out an impressive number of books in a span of just four years, Pasqueralle has had his fair share of struggles, including the dreaded writer’s block. However, he doesn’t like to call it “writer’s block.” Pasqueralle said it’s simply the characters just not being ready that day, and he deals with this in what may be considered an unconventional manner.
“To keep from the whole writer’s block thing, I will stop in the middle of an idea,” he explained. “I’ll say, “OK, that’s enough for today, I know where this wants to go.’ When I get back to it the next day, I’m not staring at a blank page.”
Pasqueralle also doesn’t believe in mapping out a story before he writes it. Flying by the
seat of his pants, his stories are crafted as his characters tell him what they want to do.
“It sounds strange—they’re fictional characters, you make them up in your head—but at some point they decide where they want to go,” Pasqueralle said. “The story develops on its own, and I like to see where it goes. You can map it out as much as you want; for me that doesn’t work because then I feel like I’ve forced the characters to do something they may not want to do.”
Inspired and ushered into to the world of creative writing and books by his 10th grade English teacher who introduced him to classic works of literature, Pasqueralle said it’s the freedom to create whatever he wants that he loves most about writing.
The older of his two daughters reciprocates Pasqueralle’s love for writing as well. An English major while she was in college, she has taken on the role of editor for her father’s novels.
Each book he’s written is geared toward a middle school and young adult audience, but writing for this age group was not without strategy.
“I think kids don’t read enough and I think there’s too much competition between electronics,” Pasqueralle said. “I think we use too much foul language and I think that needs to stop, and the way to do that is by presenting good stories, good clean stories. Stop with the foulness.”
As he continues to move forward in his writing career, Pasqueralle encourages young writers who want to forge their own career to never stop reading or writing.
“Read everything. If you want to write science fiction, yes, read science fiction, but read everything,” he said. “Read everything because you can get an idea from anywhere and it also broadens your horizons. And keep writing, there’s so many avenues.”
To learn more about Cris or to talk to him about his books, visit facebook.com/authorcrispasqueralle.