Interview with Brein Eugene Diggs

What is your writing process?
I would have to say that it is an odd one. I usually start with a topic and brainstorm subtopics out of the main topic. Most of the time the topics tend to go in different directions other than my intension, so the starting point of the topic might end up being a completely different topic. The excitement is never knowing what the end product will be.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I don't remember. I do remember ordering books in elementary school, especially those Highlight workbooks for kids. My mother had me reading and up to par on time with the other kids in school. Having a love for reading like my mother, she was the one who opened up my interest in going to the library growing up as a kid. I found my love for the library again about 8 years ago, and to this day I spend a lot of time in them.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I am not a portrait or animation drawer, I'm limited in those abilities. I think someone who can draw has more creative freedom on what they can come up with. For those of us who can't draw we have to rely more on explaining what we want to a drawer. I like doing my own covers so my brainstorming begins with stick figure drawing and words describing or naming what and where i want the objects. Cover design is fun.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Roots- the first book that i can remember that I read about slavery and life of slave families.
Queen- The follow up to Roots. I read this in 2009 for the first time. I wanted more depth of Queen than what the miniseries gave. Books always gives more depth than a movie or tv show.
Malcom X- I wanted the behind the scenes Malcom, opposite of what the government was portraying him as.
Miseducation of the Negro- this book spoke the truth when I read it years ago, and to this day the book still speaks the truth.
The Isis Papers:The Keys to the Colors- why does the white man not like my skin color? This book dives into that psychology and hits the hammer on the nail.
What do you read for pleasure?
The only thing that I have found reading wise that helps in my illusion of escaping the harsh realities living as a black man in the world is the sports page/magazines.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm always on my laptop. It is my only preferred media device for reading. I'm a classic guy and laptops are just about classic now a days. I will most likely always use the laptop in the future.
Describe your desk
My work station is simple. I have just a fold away table. I sit in a rocking chair. It's kind of like a rocking chair. The key to my setup is the table has to be at a certain height and the chair has to be more like a living room chair that is kind of like a lazy boy or rocking chair. I have to have something that is suitable for my back.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing seriously about 3 years ago. Over my lifetime I would write small things and points of views for myself. I never thought about wanting to be a writer. I still don't think about wanting to be a writer. I just look at it as writing, and anyone is more than welcome to read what i write.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Oxnard, California. My location had no influence on my writing. It was my mother who influence my writing. She always had worksheets and things of that sort to be done when I would come home from school. It was like going to school all day and all night sometimes.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The condition of my people isn't getting any better. It can't get better under this system. I want to leave my print for future generations of my people. It's the best way to help out my people, all people for that matter. Leave something for future generations- literature.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Providing the channels to reach people.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a cookbook dedicated to my deceased brother and another project that I can't name at this time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm motivated to put information out to the public and the bi-product of that is being an author whether it be indie or any other type. I think of my self as just an author.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ivan Van Sertima, Baba Phil Valentine, Cheik Anta Diop, John Henrik Clarke, John G. Jackson, Carter G. Woodson, Josef Ben Jochannan, Chancelor Williams, Frances Cress Welsing, Runoko Rashidi, and many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Just to know that each day many in the world don't get that chance. To make the best of being able to live for another day my only thought is to maximize that opportunity, because tomorrow is not promised.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
That time is spent reading, sleeping, meditating, and watching sports. The sports part, I do more channel surfing through the different sports. At this age I don't have a lot of interest in sports like I did when I was younger.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
That depends on the genre I feel like reading at the time. Usually i will grab books from a few genres at a time, so when I get ready to actually read I already have books to tackle. I have many books that I haven't read yet, but to know I have a library means they are just a click away.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I cant remember. It would have to be when I was a little kid. Of course, as a kid doing writing, we are more imaginative in our thinking at that age (about 8 years old), you don't even realize or have the idea of being an author. My mom says she kept me busy, which gave her the time to rest by having plenty of paper, pencils, and crayons around.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are very meaningful. They will give additional insight on many things pertaining to my books, while at the same time on possibilities of other topics, or issues that I might not have thought about. My fans create additional avenues that are important to them. My fans are sharing thoughts, so hearing what they have to say is important.
Published 2018-01-01.
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Books by This Author

Jewels of Life
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 33,290. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Across the board comparing to our ancient ancestors, a monumental gap lacking in principles crowds the room! It was incumbent that I expound on some principles for People of Color, that I first encountered during the 1992 release of the film Malcom X. What has been forgotten The Jewels of Life will help you to remember inspiring yourself to maintain the shine of those jewels keeping them with you.