Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in a small North Carolina town with only two stop lights. My desire to see more led me to larger cities where I always kept abreast of events via the nightly news and local newspapers. I was intrigued by the stories of those who made an effort at a better life; on the wrong side of the law. My curiosities led to much research and my writing, “Mafietta” in hopes of shining a light on what the women who aspired to date these types of men would face when they were shipped away.
When did you first start writing?
I’ve always written. My grandmother communicated with me in letters for as long as I can remember and it ultimately helped me to express myself through writing. Then, after living a bit of life, it was important to me to share the struggle of the single woman and urban community, so writing a novel seemed to be the natural next step.
What is the most important message you want the reader to learn?
I would love for the readers to look at these characters and take a self-inventory of sorts. Many times, we change who we are and become someone we don’t even recognize for the sake of a relationship. This could be good or bad, but either way, I wanted readers to use these characters to examine their own lives.
How often do you write?
I write daily. Whether it is keeping a journal, working on a blog. or my next project. I have to get it out.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided an outlet for thousands more viewers to be exposed to Mafietta and her story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I spend a lot of time volunteering. There is nothing like the feeling you feel when someone finally gets it!! I am just honored and humbled that I can sometimes be used as the tool that brings enlightenment Writing gives me a larger platform to do just that.
What came first the characters or the idea?
The idea definitely came first. Then it was up to me to create characters that were consistent with it.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Mafietta's sequel - "A House Divided." Clarke, the main character, was left with a hefty decision in the first installment. I too, am eager to see what she decides.
. . .and no, I don't know yet. We'll just see where the writing takes me.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck because it explains that you may overcome evil. I also enjoy anything written by Maya Angelou.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
LIFE and the ability to make it better for my family.
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