Interview with Diamond in the Rough Publications

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By viewing also by this author suggestions or looking for a particular genre.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Without them then I would continue writing for myself. I love my own work but I love it even more when someone else can enjoy it as well. I love getting feedback from my fans and it encourages me to continue giving them what they want.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time reading, listening to music, hanging out with friends, brain-storming new stories, traveling, shopping and scouring social media sites.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to imagine a thoughtful and interesting title that gives my readers an idea of what my book is about.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading urban fiction, inspirational and self-help books for pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in an urban setting and so this influenced my writing because I write about what I know. My characters are usually african american because I know the life of and african american.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 11 years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a story of a boy who suffers from gender identity disorder and how he feels that no one understands what he is going through so he feels alone. When he becomes of age he does what he thinks will make his life complete by becoming who he always feels that he is. Even though he is happy with himself not everyone else is. He meets and falls in love with a guy but he keeps the secret from him that he was born a male and the story ends in tragedy unfortunately.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My love of reading and writing motivated me to become a indie author. I always wanted to be an author and now I have the opportunity to share my gift with the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I get feedback from my readers telling me how much they enjoyed reading my book is my greatest joy in writing.
What are you working on next?
A collection of short-stories that delves into the relationships of 5 couples who started off happy in their relationships but something happens to cause a rift in their blist.
Who are your favorite authors?
Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Weber, Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Kimberla Lawson Robey, Mary Monroe, Mary B Morrison, Ashley and Jaquavis, V C Andrews, Fern Michaels, James Patterson and Karen Kingsbury
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I have bills to pay and they're not going to pay themselves. Lol.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was called The Telephone Killer and that was a time when I thought I would be a horror writer.
Who inspired you to write?
My 5th grade teacher encouraged me to write because she liked the way I told stories.
Do you intend on just publishing one book or do you see yourself publishing more?
I see myself publishing as many books as my mind would allow me to.
Who has been your biggest supporter of your writing?
My biggest supporter is myself. Even before I had readers I knew that one day I would be a published author I just didn't know when.
Have you ever wanted to give up writing?
Yes, I have. I doubted myself a lot in the beginning because I didn't think I had what it took to be a great author. I knew I liked my own work but I didn't know if other people would like it.
What motivates you to keep writing?
I try to write everyday even if it's just a paragraph. Every word counts in the end.
Is anyone else in your family a writer?
Yes. I have a cousin who is also an indie author.
Do you ever feel discouraged since there are so many other authors out there that write the same genre you do?
No. In everything in the world someone else has done it first. I have my own style and I like being unique.
You say you write urban fiction. Does that mean your characters are drug dealers, druggies and ghetto girls?
No. My characters are all working class people. They just so happen to be african american and have a lot of drama going on in their lives.
If you could meet one of your favorite authors who would it be?
I think that I would like to meet Reshonda Tate Billingsley in person.
Do you listen to music when you write?
Yes. I like to listen to new age music when I write. It relaxes me and puts me in a state of peace so I can let my ideas flow freely.
Published 2017-03-31.
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