Interview with Takesha Powell

What do your fans mean to you?
The mere fact that I would have fans of my work is humbling, and special.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the very 1st story I ever wrote. I was in the 6th grade and drafted a story for our Environmental month assignment. That story turned into a stage play and I entered it in the county-wide competition. To my surprise, I won first place. It was called, "Our World" and was a call to young people to care about recycling.
What is your writing process?
I actually plan out an outline for each of my works. In it, I break down every minute detail from the character's birthplace to their favorite foods. It is literally the only way I can write and make any sense of it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do remember, my childhood literary idol was Judy Blume, Author of "Are You There God, it's Me Margaret?" That was the first novel I had ever read. The title caught me, as many nights I had wondered if God was there for me. The coming-of-age story had me on the edge of my seat. It was my first experience with literature taking me to another place. I quickly became addicted to her fantastic writing, and for her ability, through her books, to make me feel less awkward and alone than I was.
How do you approach cover design?
I look for cover designs with catchy visuals or words. I like for my book covers to attract the readers on site. My purpose behind my book covers is to draw readers in before they even know what my book is about.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook has actually the most effective marketing tool for me. I have over 2,000 friends, and each of them remains active. Many of my friends are other authors, and being members of multiple Facebook groups have also helped spread the word of my work. That and Twitter, are my tried and true marketing muses.
Describe your desk
It is what I call "Organized Chaos", I have a ton of papers but they are all lined up together. I am anal about organizing my space because I strongly believe in Feng Shui, (which means, wind and water) which stresses the harmony between an individual and their surroundings. When things are too cluttered, I can't function. So even though I might have a lot of items on my desk, best believe, they are crazy organized.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up, in my early years, in Yonkers, New York. It was the many characters and individuals that I would see in New York that influenced my writing. This is why I have such a strong connection and love affair with New York to this day. I sincerely enjoy watching the vast personalities as they pass me along the street. Wondering what their personal lives were like, was a strange, constant obsession with me. I gain a lot of writing material from simply watching.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book actually has an interesting backstory. It is semi-autobiographical. It came from a very dark place as my teenage daughter and I struggle to regain a relationship after her brief mental breakdown. As we continue to work on our bonding process, this book has allowed me the ability to release the guilt and shame I have often felt.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has drawn many interested readers to me. From advertising on my social networks, I already have people interested in purchasing my book for their Kindle, and other portable readers or their cell phones. I love the ease of publishing here and how the process was so simple and professional. I love how they promote my book across different platforms. Simply amazing!
Published 2018-03-16.
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Books by This Author

Good Girls Don't Die
Pre-release—available November 30, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: American English. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Cara Moore's life has changed...forever. When her son commits a mass murder at his high school in the urban city, Paterson New Jersey, the entire world is held captive. What follows is one mother's desperate quest to understand her son's tragic actions, and her newfound place in a world that no longer supports or wants her to exist. A certain stranger is determined to make just that happen.