Interview with Dominique Wilkins

What's the story behind your latest book?
Personally as I've been growing closer to God and have been actually looking and listening to people, I realize that even people who believe in God and who know him, often they are faced with their own complicated situations, where they ask why or their faith may waiver. In this case, they need to be reminded of God's love and the blessings they've experienced, even while they feel as though they are being cursed or tested. They simply need to be reminded that they need a little more Jesus. Which is the title of my latest book! :)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried to send query letters to traditional publishing houses and realized that at the time, there were so many obstacles to get around to get these much needed books out, that it was in my best interest to do it myself. They say, that if you want something done right, you must do it yourself, so I did!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I absolutely love how Smashwords caters to the indies. It is so straightforward and encourages you to get your story out without all of the road blocks. It is so user friendly and still gives you the professionalism that you need to excel!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I LOVE when someone reads my book and say they "needed to read this" or "this book took me to a place, that I needed to go." These are the responses that I've received and these are the reasons, I love writing these books with these messages, because people are receiving them! Love it!
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't call them fans, I consider them warriors in the same struggle. As long as people believe in what I am doing and they pass the word along, I am SO grateful and excited to know that as many people there are that do the wrong and cause the drama in the world, there are just as many people who have common sense and are God fearing people who want to seek change and spread God's love.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am excited to get out of the bed each day, because there was an idea that I was working on the night before that has not been finished, or a book that needs to be written and I've gotta write it!! :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love squeezing into one bed with my husband and children to watch a movie, only to find that the old people have missed most of it by falling asleep!! Smh lol
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
On Facebook, I've got plenty of author friends, who I've had the privilege of meeting. There's tons of good authors and good books out there and when you find like-minded people, they refer you to good books!
What is your writing process?
I write only when I am so passionate about a subject, that I can't sleep or function until I get it out and when I get it out, I can't shut up, until everyone reads it!
How do you approach cover design?
I think that the cover has to have meaning. It's got to make sense, whether it tells the story before you read the book or gives you that ah ha after you've read it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago's Englewood area. I just left this past year, because I decided that that was the only way that my children would live. In such a high crime and low morale area, these stories that I write are so very necessary. There way of life is full of settling and it shouldn't be. I got out and I just want to do whatever I can to motivate others to do the same and from there they can grow and bloom and be happy!
Published 2013-10-06.
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Books by This Author

The Super Strong Collection
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 21,210. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Read the three stories of strength. The characters who stand strong during times where the next person would not last. To understand that it is true, that when the time comes, you can miraculously become stronger. Find out how and what it takes in this collection. Includes titles: 3 Wishes, Giving My Tears a Break & Work it Out
The Marriage Mayhem Collection
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 33,960. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Enjoy this collection of three titles to find out what journeys they went on and how it turned out! Find out if you have experienced the same things and if you would have shared their decisions or are going through it now and could use some suggestions for resolution! *Includes the titles: Head of Household, Late and She's Out. I'm In. Solutions to 7 Relationship Problems
The Imperfect Parent Collection
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 24,110. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
All of these titles are books relating to stories that will hopefully make you think about how we constantly push ourselves to be the best parent that we can be. Some of us try so hard to emulate our own parents and then others try just as hard to give our children the life that we never had. Read some of those stories of parents, who may not have been so perfect, but wanted to be.
The Realm of Regret Collection
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 36,320. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
All of these titles are books relating to stories that will hopefully make you think twice before doing and saying some of the things that we do when our emotions take control. It is more often than less that when we become hurt or angry, we do and say things that we regret and after doing them, we can’t take them back. Once it is put out there, “I’m sorry” won’t always fix it.
The Selfish Syndrome Collection
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 19,650. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
All of these titles are books relating to stories that will hopefully make you think twice before doing and saying some of the things that we may do unconsciously. Due to the fact that we live in a fast paced world, we don’t always take a step out of our own shoes to see how we affect other people. We may not mean any harm, but may be causing a great deal to someone else.
The Fighting Forgiveness Collection
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
No one ever said that forgiveness is easy, but sometimes, when you see the burden that someone else is carrying and the reward that they receive when they leave those issues at the alter and forgive the wrong-doers makes it a little easier for you. You are not the only one who’s endured suffering, so don’t be the only one who carries it with them.
The Born to Be Better Collection
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 42,800. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
A collection of stories which include retold Bible stories and The Ten Commandments told in 2013 as well as a story of how having "a little more Jesus" can do a body good!
Pen or Discipline
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Two sisters were raised by a strict mother. One decided to continue on with her mother's parenting style while the other chose to be more passive and open up the communication lines with her teenage son. Both women find themselves raising teenage boys in an urban area, where many of the boys find themselves being corralled to jail, find out which mother's plan was more effective.
Drinking the Poison and Waiting on Your Neighbor to Die
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Kaleena was innocent. She never did anything, but her neighbor felt that her existence was enough. She hated her and everything about her and wanted Kaleena to go back to wherever she came from. That was the only way she could have a good day- if Kaleena was gone. She was too jealous of her, to enjoy her life life as long as Kaleena was in it!
Forgiven. Not Forgotten.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,650. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Joy just wants the marriage that she's in to go on and on. She said "I do," but now, how can she stick it through, when she discovers that he's cheated? She loves him, so she of course forgives him, but it is tearing her up inside trying to forget what he's done. Can she make her relationship work if she can't forget?
I Need a Little More Jesus
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,830. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Inspirational
An unwed pregnant young woman, a grieving older male widow and a prostitute have all fallen victim to Satan's tests to make them lose their faith and will to live, but after their trials and tribulations, they find a second wind with the help from unknown sources.
Friends First
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,970. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
It doesn't matter how good you look or how faithful and loving you are. Some people will always put their friends first. But when the friend gets out of line and your spouse still doesn't believe you, decisions must be made and feet must be put down! Find out who's in and who's out! Fiona married for love not disrespect...
I'LL Always Love My Mama
Price: Free! Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Audrey always thought that family was first and everything else was second or irrelevant, but this new generation was something else. She taught the rule, but they didn't seem to pick it up. To them, the last thing on their mind was taking care of Mama! Still. she continued to lead by example, doing all that she could for them, until one son allowed a woman to come between them. That was a no-no!
The Bad Parent
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,740. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
It's Regina first child and she is college educated, so why is she being labeled a "Bad Parent?" When Regina finds out, she is too upset. Find out what does she do to deserve this label and what does she do when she finds out about it.
Fight Like a Man
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Andrea watched her mother abuse her father for years. You learn from home. It didn't work for her mother, so why would Amy teach her daughter to fight men too? Will Andrea try to hit the wrong man? (A complete short story)
Lights, Camera, Mine!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,260. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
Chris spends the majority of his adulthood living it up, enjoying all of the perks of a single man. With a different woman escorting him, he is loving life, as he keeps these women auditioning for more. Until, he gives the role to what he THOUGHT was the perfect leading lady! After "I do" he wants to say I don't. But he's never been a quitter. In drama so deep only prayer can save him. Right?
There's Something About Jessie
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Jill only wanted to get along, but it seemed like Shannon lived to make her miserable. She was ruthless and used whatever she could to get under her skin and destroy her mentally and even financially. She had never met this woman and wondered how could someone be so evil. Her husband Daniel seemed to be the good Christian, who refused to get all worked up over her foolishness and plots.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,990. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
A woman's bad choice with men in her life not only almost kills her, but after she escapes death. The reaper comes back to collect everyone that she loves...
The Audacity of You!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,570. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Read Glorianna, Levi, Ke-Ke & J.D.'s stories to name a few who have shared the audacity of people who have acted a fool toward them. If you ever had someone do something and you thought they had their nerve, this book is for you! You will laugh and get fired up when you do...
Theresa in Wonderland
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,470. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Theresa survives a near death experience and is so grateful for life, she puts the incident so far behind her, that she takes herself out of the real world and into wonderland. Suddenly, when the real world comes crashing into wonderland, she is forced to deal with her loved ones dying, lying and hurting her all at once. Too much to take. Will she take it and bounce back or take her life instead?