Lol! I like this question. As a single mother I do everything on a budget, so I had to find something affordable and efficient. My favorite color is red so I was happy that I found an adjustable red laptop stand from Ikea, small enough and shaped perfectly to fit in a corner of my bedroom. It has just enough room on it for me to fit a cup of chia tea without having to worry about it spilling on my MacBook. I keep a 'yes' button that I press when I either need a positive reinforcement or when my kids deserve an affirmative to one of their requests. A box of tissue accompanies my asthma inhaler, for when my allergies start acting up and my external hard drive fits right behind my laptop. Interestingly enough, my desk doesn't stay in the corner I assigned it to. It's moved from the corner, to the middle of the room, to next to my bed.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Paterson and East Orange New Jersey. I can't say the geography of where I grew up influences my writing because I was raised sheltered. But my grandmother's house where my family lived until I was 14, has a great bearing on my writing. Technically it wouldn't matter if her house was in Paterson or Oklahoma, because It is the events from inside the walls that effects my writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The abuses I suffered at the hands of my father. If I told everything during this interview, there'd be no reason for you to buy the book lol!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, lack of response from literary agents. Like most want to be authors, I had dreams of being picked up by a major publisher, being given a lovely advance, and just sitting back while my publishing house did all the work. Well in my writing process I learned that even if you get a publisher, you don't get to just sit back. I knew in order to get a publisher interested I had to develop a following. After achieving certain goals and still not getting the attention of an agent or publisher, I decided to publish myself. You have no bigger fan than you right?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That has yet to be determined. Hopefully I will be coming back and editing this answer soon.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to immortalize my thoughts, feelings and ideas. Sometimes I go back to things that I wrote and I say to myself: wow, I wrote that? On occasion I barely remember writing some things.
What do your fans mean to you?
In a word, EVERYTHING. It is my readers that encourage other readers to become readers of my work. It is my readers that encourage me to write more. My fans are the ones that raise awareness on the subjects that I write about by spreading the inspiration and information they've gathered from my writing to others. I also appreciate and learn from the feedback from my readers, it also inspire some of my writing.
What are you working on next?
Volume 2 of my first book Unashamed. I am also working on a science fiction project. It's about an extraordinary 'what if' scenario that will get people thinking.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Anne Rice. The way she tells a story inspires me. James Baldwin and Langston Hughes, I adore. Their work remind me of my own, both in passion and in prose.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My appreciation of life. I feel that each day I have to live is another opportunity to make a positive impact on the world. Whether it's because I want to succeed at the tasks of raising my children to become influential adults, or encouraging and inspiring others through my experiences, getting out of bed is not the problem; the real challenge lies in GOING to bed. Lol!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking mostly. But I am a multi-tasker so I can do that while doing other things. I feel like I'm forever cleaning my house. It can never be clean enough. I'm also running my catering business, going to school, taking my sons to boxing or football practice. One of my daughters have #PKU so I have to help her maintain her diet. And with two teenagers, one adult and one preschool offspring, parenting takes up every second of every day. On a less serious note, when I do get a chance, I love going to the movies. And finally, I realize that I am human and humans require sleep; so I have to get that in to. And even then, I write in my dreams and I write my dreams. See, multitasking!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. When I was 10 years old, I wrote in my diary about how I felt about what my father was doing to me. My brother found it and showed it to my dad. My father got rid of the diary, punished me and I didn't write for a long time.
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