Interview with Regina Bumbrey

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a few different places, actually. I was born and raised for a while in Dover, DE. I spent time living in Camden, NJ and Seaford, DE. I spent about six years living in Smyrna, DE, which happened to really shape me as a writer. Everywhere that I've lived and the environments that I'd been exposed to (poverty, drugs, and abuse) has influenced my writing because it gave me something to write about and writing gave me a way to escape from the reality of those situations.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The situation with the publisher that I originally signed with was not what it was presented to be. I feel this is the best route for me right now.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was about 12 years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind The Price of Being a Princess is to raise awareness about domestic violence, self-destruction, and the importance of a solidified foundation. It's easy to fall in love with what you see and the potential that someone shows you. The hard part is realizing that it shouldn't take losing the "me" to become a "we" in a relationship.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I hope that Smashwords can contribute to my success by exposing my work to a wider audience than I am able to touch via my friends, family, and associates on the social networks.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is to be able to take one thing that may be one-dimensional and bring it to life. I love having the ability to give words life.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. I love having the opportunity to discuss with my readers how my novel touched them, why they felt the way that they felt, and so on. I could spend the entire day talking to a reader about how they feel like I wrote their biography without even knowing them. I love being able to relate to people through my words.
What are you working on next?
I am actually working on the sequel to The Price of Being a Princess and another, completely separate four-part series, which is actually based on a true story.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Weber, some Stephen King, Sister Souljah, Toni Morrison, just to name a few. I love urban fiction.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
First, God giving me another day is inspiration to get out of bed every day. Next, providing my three children with more motivation and direction than what I had growing up, providing my three children with inspiration to follow their dreams, and providing my three children with a stable lifestyle and foundation inspires me to get out of bed each day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I spend my time being a mother to my three children. I make it a point to spend time with them all together and each individually. I take my job as their first teacher very seriously and I lead by example because I know that my children will follow what I do before they follow what I say. I also work at an alternative school as a disciplinarian, which I enjoy doing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
At 12 years old, the first story that I ever wrote was called Rosemary's Baby. It was a tale of a young woman that met a mysterious man. She was skeptical about allowing him to get closer to her because she was an inexperienced woman and he was so mysterious. She felt like he had an attachment to a dark world, but she wasn't sure. She found out later that he was actually a vampire, but it didn't stop her from falling in love with him and having his baby.
What is your writing process?
I really don't have a process. I just get an idea or an inspiration and run with it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read, but I do remember a story written by Stephen King and the title had something to do with Rose. A woman was a battered wife of a police officer and one day she decided to get away from him. He chased her down and they entered into a mythical world where he ended up being trapped after she defeated him.
Published 2015-10-24.
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Books by This Author

The Price of Being a Princess
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 111,130. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Born in Wilmington, DE, 16-year-old Lanai Wilson has the best of everything life has to offer. With an absentee father who spoils her financially, there’s a void that still remains, which money can’t fill. That is until Makai, an experienced street hustler, provided her with all the love and attention she could ever ask for.