Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Topeka, Kansas but I had lived many places including, The Washington D.C. area, Florida, Texas, California, Missouri and now Georgia. It wasn't necessarily where I grew up that influences my writing it is the trials and tribulations I have experienced as I grew from a girl into a woman. Being the only child of a single mother there are certain situations and issues that I dealt with that other girls with two parent homes haven't experienced. Specific "demons" I had battled within myself having an absent parent. So when I write, I pour out my feelings as I felt in a time when I didn't understand that aspect of my life. Writing initially started off as an outlet for me to either pour my heart out into what I wanted to say but couldn't or to put myself in an entirely different world shaping my life as someone else into what I wanted. Writing has always been therapy for me. I am grateful to have this gift.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in the sixth grade at Eisenhower Middle School in Topeka, Kansas. I had actually wrote a story about summertime. I had such a great time writing that poem and I was good at it. I never knew I could write so that was very exciting. It opened a new door for me to release without any judgment or having to hold back.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It wasn't me that decided to write, The Make Up of a Virtuous Woman. I had actually been working on several other projects that were part of a series for the Urban Fictions Genre. One day God laid on my heart this book. I'd had all my other projects written and ready to be edited and there was no rhyme or reason to it but I couldn't bring myself to publish the books. I started to pray something I hadn't done in a long time and I opened my Bible and began to read. What had started as a thought began to transform and manifest into reality as God took hold of my heart and my mind leading to write this book. I can remember speaking to my editor about the content in the book and how long it was and sales etc. I was adamant about keeping all of my words in the book. The affirmation from God that I should be writing this book no matter if I made one sale or not came to me in the form of my own healing. i hadn't realized how long I had been holding on to issues of my past. I noticed myself changing and others started to notice too. I was changing in a beautiful way. I was becoming more holy, kind, loving, and caring and it felt really good. And here it is the finished work of the Holy Spirit, God, doing His Will through me. I feel so blessed that I have been given this opportunity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I honestly wanted to make sure that what I wrote was going to be published and presented to God's Children the way He wanted me to display it. I am not your typical Woman of Faith. I have a past and I want to share that and be transparent in my approach not holding anything back. I know that if I allow Our Father to remain in full control of this entire project He will lead me accordingly and I will reach all my sisters in Christ who need the healing that this book will provide.
What are you working on next?
I plan to work on a book entitled, "Half to Whole". It is basically a book about relationships and companionship. It explains in detail how we as humans can stop looking for our other half and allow ourselves to be whole so we can become aligned and ready for our true helpmate. I have spent a lot of time in and out of relationships wondering why they didn't work and now I have finally figured it out. It is a blessing for God to reveal to us what is real and true and beautiful and allow us to have peace while He does all the work for us.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
This answer is simple Eternal Life. No matter what the day ahead of us brings it is a joy to be living, breathing, and able to do God's Work for yet another day. I have four children that Our Lord has blessed me with to lead and guide in this world and every challenge that comes with being a mother and a woman of God is welcomed because I know that the God I serve is mighty and it is joyous in and of itself to see the things that He does every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I love to spend time with my children, we go to the park, cook together, watch movies, play games, anything we can think of that is fun and we can interact makes for an awesome day. Then there are times when I get a chance to just spend with myself. I love to read books all kinds of books even textbooks. I crochet and knit, I find it very relaxing getting into a rhythm plus scarves, booties, baby cocoons, blankets, etc. make for great gifts.
What is your writing process?
I just write. I don't take notes or spend time thinking about what I want to say or how to say it. I just write whatever comes to mind and then go back later to see if it makes sense. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night getting a piece of paper and pen or pulling out my laptop just to get the thoughts I have out of my head. Those moments sometimes turn into hours and I am completely worn out by the following morning when it is time for work but it is worth it.
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