Interview with Meika Cole

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that I ever read was Sistah Souljah's "The Coldest Winter Ever". This story showed me that we all have different stories and experiences that we can share with the world.
How do you approach cover design?
I really just think it is all about the idea that you want to convey. With my first title, The Soul of a Black Woman: Journeys Through Poetry, I just thought of it as an endless journey, which is how I saw the cover. It was about peace, but not knowing what is beyond the rivers of life.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
2. Instinct by T.D. Jakes
3. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sista Souljah
4. The Bible, Amplified and Message Versions
5. The Soul of a Black Woman: Journeys Through Poetry by Me (LOL)

These books have all helped me become the woman that I am today.
What do you read for pleasure?
I usually read lots of journal articles about power, representation, and diversity.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My cellphone (LOL).
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Utilizing Facebook and word of mouth.
Describe your desk
It is the neatest most organized desk that you could ever possibly see.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Pontiac, Michigan. I think that it had a lot to do with my writing because it is a pretty diverse town. I was surrounded by various cultures and it allowed me to be able to view life through a medium lens.
When did you first start writing?
I always knew that it was something that I was good at, but I really got into it during my high school years, but I stopped. I always did well with writing at the college level but in 2017, I decided to get serious and about 10 months later, I was self-publishing my first book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Wow, there is a whole lot behind The Soul of a Black Woman: Journeys Through Poetry. It is really about life as a black woman. The highs and the lows and basically how our decisions make and break us. It's a collection of 33 poems about love, pain, uncertainty, redemption, and learning your worth.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Actually, it was more like a bucket list item. I thought that I had a story to tell and I took it as far as I could. I used my personal blog www.soulofablackwoman and my Facebook account and posted poems, thoughts etc. I got such a good response that I decided to publish the poetry.
Published 2017-10-24.
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Books by This Author

The Soul of a Black Woman: Journeys Through Poetry
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 12,130. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2017. Categories: Plays » Women Authors
The Soul of a Black Woman: Journeys Through Poetry, serves as an ethnographic account, describing the emotions and thoughts of African-American Women, as it relates to culture, identity, representation, and spirituality through poetry.