I began writing at fourteen years old. It was a short story based on the love between a slave and her slave owner. For some reason I was obsessed with the TV mini series North and South.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am lucky in that my parents have a very unique background. They grew up in the South and were sharecroppers. The stories they tell about picking corn, cotton, tobacco, and sugar cane for land owners - and making a pittance - are so terribly sad. Yet, my parent's lives fascinate me. My book, Rivers Under Water, is an ode to them and our ancestors. There is a beauty in fighting to survive in the worse circumstances.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is a good fit for me. I am in control of my stories and how I disseminate them. I also love the hard work involved in marketing myself and trying to cajole others to read my book...
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This answer will hopefully change overtime, but the opportunity to sell my book via different channels is such a massive opportunity.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What do your fans mean to you?
Ha! I am not sure if I have any fans besides family and friends; their support keeps me going when loneliness tries to get the best of me.
What are you working on next?
Together with my husband, I wrote a comedic TV series based on three older white men and their younger ethnic girlfriends. We're shopping it around; hopefully, someone will bite...
Who are your favorite authors?
Toni Morrison and the late Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Their writing is pure brilliance.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My mother. She doesn't have any formal education, yet she connects with me. She's incredibly supportive. I'm very blessed to have her...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I studied film, so if I am not writing, I am usually watching cinema from the thirties and forties. I'm also a huge fan of German films from the 70's.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course. I gave it to my best friend in high school and she said she hated it. Maybe she didn't understand it? Who knows. It has been so long ago...
What is your writing process?
I have a notebook of random thoughts that I go through if I am looking to create a story. Sometimes writing is easy; but usually, it's an agonizing process for me. I liken it to the feeling of constipation...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - I was ten or eleven years old and had no clue what I was reading. I only knew that the words on the page were beautiful...
How do you approach cover design?
I work with a small company that understands the feelings I want my book covers to evoke. I wouldn't dare design a cover on my own - it would be a garbled mess.
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