Interview with Voni Grimes

What is your writing process?
By taking time each day, I write a little about what I feel people want to know about me. I visually outline how I can help others and the words flow easily. When my message is simple and easy to read, guess what, readers are intrigued.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first story I read had an indelible impression on me, James Baldwin's, Native Son because it spoke to the issues I experienced as a black man during the 1940s, 1950s. 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was in elementary school and it was about my pet dog. I had to give away my beloved champion when I moved from Bamberg, SC to York, PA when I was just four years old. So when I learned to write in the second grade, I wrote my ordeal of leaving my Fido behind. I was very sad.
How do you approach cover design?
For the first book, I thought I would be most influential for me to appear in my best since I am writing my memoirs and wanted to share with my readers how success is most available to everyone.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorites are Immorality of Influence, Recruiting and Hiring Minority Employees, Abraham; A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths, Up from Slavery and Business Confidential because these works of art reaches many people and the power of success.
What do you read for pleasure?
The comics. I love to laugh and for fun.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't own an ereader but make use of my friend's Nook. I love being able to read just about any book, magazine or newspaper at any given time.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Selling my book by word of mouth seems to be the best way of selling my book. Once people meet me and see I am really 91 years old and still very active in the community, they just want to purchase Bridging Troubled Waters.
Describe your desk
My desk is somewhat cluttered, mostly do so many engagements I have been asked to be a part of. I speak to the business such as SCORE, community, youth such as after school programs. school districts, private schools, churches of all faiths, non profits such as the Salvation Army, colleges such as Penn State University and York College of PA. At 91, I still manage my daily schedule.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
At the age of four, I moved to York, PA with my parents and younger brother. That was very traumatic. My parents are very involved in my life and teaching me the importance to respect all people and always working towards my best. That served me while during segregated education, discriminatory hiring and red lining housing.The lessons my parents taught helped me to deal effectively with all of these challenges and I landed on my feet every time. I love the experiences because I became a better individual.
When did you first start writing?
I only began writing at the prompting of the local newspaper editor, Jim McClure. I was 85 years old and thought it was not necessary to get my story out. I quickly learned that there are many people who want to know about my life. It's American history and important for people to know that race is only a problem if you allow it to be, if you buy into the hype. Race relations is a positive approach for all people to get along.
Published 2014-04-21.
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Books by This Author

Bridging Troubled Waters
You set the price! Words: 15,350. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Dreams
Penned at age 85, Bridging Troubled Waters, was written for you, to help you stay in the driver's seat of life, all the while keeping it real. My book shows why love and respect can carry the day for you. You cross the bridges of troubled waters, drama. My memoirs show that you happily own the finish line. Bridging Troubled Waters is the American Story. Your Story. Bridging Troubled W