Interview with Tanefa Wallace

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The characters coming to life and the release of emotion and tension that occurs when the words hit the page just so.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind this book of poetry is my heart. It had been a rough few years with some interludes of sanity and real relationship building but it was also a time for reflection put to paper for me.
What are you working on next?
I am working on revising my book, The Wayward Wife - a story of a suburban housewife who cheats and the fallout it results in for her entire family. It's an introspection on the reasons why women cheat and is told from the main character's point of view, but also her husband and lover's points of view as well. I am also working on a short story about a young woman who returns to her old Brooklyn stomping grounds to find not only herself different, but the landscape and the legacy of the friend she is there to bury also surprise her. It's called A Birth, a Blessing and a Burial.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and daydreaming about writing. No, seriously. No really I am a school counselor in a fast paced school that is part of an urban district wrought with issues so I am really busy for about 7.5 hours of the day doing that then I do the other two things (after I am mommy to my two children and blog… at www.ThatNYNaturalista.com and www.TheWriteWayFaye.wordpress.com).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I looked at the industry and new that poets sometimes have the hardest time being picked up by major houses. I also know what the performance poetry circuit looks like and I am not really up for that too much either, so I decided to publish and promote from my desktop and go out and perform once in a while - when I am not mothering or writing my next novel!
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many! In poetry they are June Jordan, Lucille Clifton, Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni. In fiction and non-fiction the list is too vast but we can start at Shakespeare, add in a little Ivan Van Sertima with a dash of Sister Souljah and a cup of Paulo Coelho.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I can't say yet! This is my first time publishing independent at all, much less working with Smashwords, but I have sold a book today so I am super excited to be part of the Smashwords family right now!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children and my work.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By suggestion. Many of my friends on IG post books that they have read and recommend!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I don't but I remember the first picture I ever draw and the first poem I ever wrote… No… I'm not sharing!
Published 2013-12-29.
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Books by This Author

Tangerine Blues
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 6,780. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
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NEW EDITION - Now includes 8 new poems, 3 spoken word videos & an interview! This is a poetry book of love, life and the pain and beauty they both hold. This book is sectioned like eating a ripe piece of fruit, Tart & Tainted for pieces of fruit you wish you didn't partake of, Scintillatingly Sweet for ripe mango moments and The Flesh & The Skin for times when the entirety of life are explored.