Interview with Tia Myricks

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
All of it; coming up with the vision, the words, the formatting, the way it flows, the thoughts it provokes. It's like, dream manifestation.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans to me, aren't fans at all. It's not exactly a friendship but there's definitely a special connection. I enjoy bringing people together and that's all it is basically. Like-minded people coming together to celebrate an artist.
What are you working on next?
Several things, all at once. If day-to-day life didn't get in the way, I'd probably be done with everything but then again, without day-to-day I wouldn't be living, right? I'm mostly working on a follow-up to my first project SCARS. But I have more than I can handle right now. It's a pretty exciting time for me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 10th Edition: not just for obvious reasons but because of quote that's in it regarding the work it took to put it all together. Priceless. Then there's: "SCARS," "Scratches and SCARS," " Arena's Forum," and "Arena's Sanctuary," for obvious reasons.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first book I ever read, that inspired me to become a writer: Haywood Smith's "The Red Hats Club." It was entertaining, the characters were colorful and it was believable. I couldn't put it down, and when I was done I made up my mind right then and there; that is what I wanted to do that for a living and I'll be great at it.
Who are your favorite authors?
That is a tough question, because I read based on recommendations mostly. But right now I would have to say Sister Souljah because of her Midnight series. There have been sections in her books where she would have a character speak to a group of troubled people, and her words...I mean, I can only hope to get to that point in my writing where I leave a reader, completely dumbfounded. The words were literally something I know I would have said, so it made me all tingly inside. I can't explain it, it was very powerful. I love it. I love her work. I also love James Patterson, Alice Walker, Lynn E. Harris, James Redfield, and a host of others. There isn't a book I read that I didn't like.
What is your writing process?
I'm creative by nature, so it comes naturally. It's my superpower!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've written so much, and for so long I haven't the slightest idea what it would be. I hope someone still has it though. That would be a humbling experience I'm sure.
How do you approach cover design?
It was a lot work, let me tell you. I did it myself, but I'm proud of it. It couldn't have been more perfect.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Lately, if I'm not writing. I'm with my family or watching a lot of movies. I love music too, it is my fuel.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I read books based on recommendations or I read books that have been adapted into movies so that I can get writer's true vision of what the story was supposed be.
Published 2017-05-30.
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Books by This Author

Arena's Forum
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 60,290. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban, Fiction » Sports
Love, basketball, secrets and lies. If only her Dear Diary, could take her pain away. Arena James is caught up in the worst way, with family, friends, school, boys. After a family secret is out, her perfect world is shook up, but it isn't until one fateful night at a party that her world is completely destroyed. Arena's Forum is a gripping tale about growing up rich and misguided, and losing hope.