Interview with Amanda Kemp

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first poem I ever wrote was when I was 9 years old. It was to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I don't remember my first written story.
What is your writing process?
I stew and brew--sometimes for up to a year--and then I just spill it on the page. I give myself permission to write a lousy first draft because there can be no final draft without a first draft.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I LOVED reading as a kid. I loved the Little Golden Books. I loved the size, the colors, the page texture. I was such a book lover as a kid that I loved the smell of new books too. I felt smart and happy when I was a young reader. I can't remember not knowing how to read. My older sister taught me early.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read my friend Maria Thompson Corley whose most recent novel is self-published. I used to read a lot of supernatural romance novels such as the Sookie Stackhouse series, the Anita Blake Vampire Executioner series, and the Nalini Singh distopic future series about the changelings and the psy.
Now I read self-care shorter articles and do worksheets and other tools to help me stay clear, grounded and connected to God/Spirit/Ancestors/Great Mother.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my mini-tablet.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I promote my books by offering trainings on racial justice and uncovering our blindspots. When I promote these experiences, people tend to order my book.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing early--aged 9.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is still being written. It's called Racial Justice from the H.E.A.R.T.: 5 Simple Steps to Having a Voice, Uncovering your Blindspots and Advocating Effectively.

The story is that I alluded to these steps in my first book, but I didn't know that other people could learn them and actually have a breakthrough in their racial justice work. Now that I know the steps work, I want to spell them out for people.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't like waiting for authorities to say yes to me. I write because I can. I self-publish because I can.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've learned so much from Mark Coker. He's doing a great service for writers and I wouldn't be on all the channels nor have the easy upload experience without the designers that he suggested.
Published 2018-03-04.
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Books by This Author

Racial Justice from the H.E.A.R.T.: 5 Simple Steps to Uncovering your Blindspots and Having a Voice that Is Effective
Pre-release—available January 31, 2019. Price: $9.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Essay » Author profile
Have you ever had a failed conversation about racism? Are you afraid to say the wrong thing? Are you confused about what to do to make things better? This book shows you how to have a voice about racism, how to uncover your own blindspots and offers tips on how to build an inclusive and diverse community. Perfect for those just getting started and committed change makers.
Show Me the Franklins!
Price: $4.97 USD. Words: 11,910. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American
This play brings to life the enslaved people in Benjamin Franklin's households and workshops in Philadelphia, London, and Paris. Complete with endnotes and discussion questions, this is a great publication for reading groups and schools. K-12 Teachers, please contact me directly regarding your needs.
Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community
Price: $9.97 USD. Words: 11,910. Language: American English. Published: June 16, 2016. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Part memoir and part social commentary, Amanda Kemp's short book provides insight and strategies for creating racial justice and a strong sense of shared community. Her voice is vulnerable and personal as she reflects on her own interracial relationship, parenting her Black teenaged son, and making art in the age of Black Lives Matter. Her short essays leave you cheering and hopeful.