I have a tendency lately to read a lot of non-fiction. Some of the books I've read lately that really stand out are Positivity by Barbara Frederickson, Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright, and Uplifting Service by Ron Kaufman. In fact, I reference the last two in Your Genius Mind. But I do have two non-fiction all time favorites that probably couldn't be more different - Sula by Toni Morrison and the entire Harry Potter series. I'm not sure as an adult I should admit to that last one but J.K. Rowling wrote an incredible series.
What do you read for pleasure?
I wish I had more time to read for pleasure. It seems that most of my reading relates to my passion for improving access to a quality college education.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Queens, NY is a typical suburban environment. I had my own room as soon as I successfully conquered by fear of the dark and that privacy sparked a love of reading that soon blossomed into a love of writing.
When did you first start writing?
I don't remember when I first started writing seriously but I do remember when I first discovered that I liked to write. I won 2nd place in an essay contest in elementary school and I remember being pleasantly surprised at hearing my name called. It's funny how such a small recognition was enough to encourage me to stick with it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad. Thank you Kindle app!
Describe your desk
How do you approach cover design?
I like using 99designs. I'm a big fan of crowdsourcing and not only did it allow me to consider a range of ideas about the best way to represent the book visually, I was able to get my friends and family involved in voting for the final cover design.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The opportunity to bring an idea to life and know that you are co-creating it with your readers. Writing is the only pure medium where this is possible. The writer's words are served to the reader to be consumed by a palate that is unique to each person.
What do your fans mean to you?
I write nonfiction which means that I write to do more than entertain. I'm hoping to have a positive impact, to provide an insight that serves someone's growth. To have even one fan means that I have accomplished that goal and that means everything.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy reading so many different authors but I would have to list the late Derrick Bell as my all time favorite. He was the first author whose work I made a point of reading every time he put a new book out.
What are you working on next?
Before I wrote the first sentence of Your Genius Mind I knew that I intended it to be the first in a series. The next one will focus on bringing our genius to the workplace and what employers can do to grow genius among their employees.
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Your Genius Mind is a passionate and unapologetic statement about the importance of a quality four-year degree. This is a must-read for anyone who is about to start college for the first time, considering a return to college to complete a degree or needs to be convinced about the true value of a college education.