When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a Mom! Cleaning, Cooking and homework. I also help my husband with the family business.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look and see what people suggest, and I love trying to learn about new writers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I don't think that I will ever publish it, but it is very near and dear to my heart.
What is your writing process?
I write poetry and prose, so for me it's just about what comes to mind or what I am feeling. There are days when I have to stop what I am doing because I have golden thoughts, and other day where I sit down to write and have to give myself time because I don't have a lot of inspiration.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading that I LOVED, "Where the sidewalk ends" by Shell Silverstein. I think that's why I wanted to write poetry so much. I remember it leaving such a huge impact on me.
How do you approach cover design?
That I'm not sure. I can't draw to save my life, but I do visualize things and so I would try and get in contact with someone who can help bring that vision to life.
What do you read for pleasure?
A little bit of everything. I love reading poetry books, and short stories. I also love reading books by black authors because there is an urban voice that I'm able to relate to heavily. I love that style of writing because it feels more natural to me, so comprehending the story and visualizing what's going on is easier for me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have one of the first kindle readers that ever came out. I'm talking black and white version.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I haven't had to market yet, but I would assume just putting yourself out there on every platform possible. If you don't believe in your own writing, you could never expect anyone else to either.
Describe your desk
It is a mess. I do so many things here, I write poetry, help with homework, do work for the business, handle bills. I actively try and keep it together but sometimes it doesn't always stay clean.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have been through a lot in the past 8 years of being in a relationship, getting married and having children, and I wanted to put all of it down on paper so that I could help other people who have been in my shoes get through their hard times, and over come like I have.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to be able to remain true to myself without having someone else try and change my voice. I have a vision for the way I want this book to come out and I want to see it through.
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