Interview with Nefretiti Morant

Who are your favorite authors?
Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Walter Mosley.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Love and gratitude for my husband and children. God is good, and life is a blessing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my family.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I wrote it when I was in college. It was a story about a young girl who lost an older cousin in a drive by. It was full of drama but she was able to overcome her adversity and grow as a person. Like many of my protagonist she didn't allow life's obstacles to deter
her ability to achieve. I guess my themes haven't changed much. What can I say, you write what you're passionate about it.
What is your writing process?
I get up early, usually around 4am, and try to get a few hours in before I start the day. I find my thoughts flow easily when its quite. In the solitude I just write from the heart and let it flow.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Their Eyes Were Watching God
White Butterfly
I know why the caged bird sings
Beloved
Invisible Man

I love a story about overcoming hardship through love, weather it be love of another person, or discovering love of one's self.
What do you read for pleasure?
Poetry.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kindle or the Kindle app on my phone.
Describe your desk
A mess, strewn with crayons, my kids latest art work and my lap top.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Jamaica Queens New York. Perspectives is a series about seven people from Queens New York. And I definitely highlight plenty of Jamaica Queens landmarks; such as historical parks, schools, movie theaters you name it.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first poem when I was 16, and it was about my husband. What can I say, I've always been a romantic.
Published 2014-09-23.
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