Interview with Valencia Griffin-Wallace

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Running my businesses. Recently, I decided to share my story with others. That includes coaching/speaking and everything that comes with that. I have an extremely busy home life too. Being a wife and a mom is more than a title, it's a job.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I google them. It depends on what I want to read about. If it is business, I google business books or women in business. Also, since a lot of books are hard to find unless they are well known, I ask authors that I know.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was in my diary when I was in elementary. It was a scary story about a girl who kept dreaming about her fears and one day she realized how to control her dreams. She ended up beating the garbage disposal monster hands down.
What is your writing process?
When I get motivated or a new idea, I write the summary down in a journal. If I am driving, I tend to write on my arm. I have also called someone to text my idea to me. Next, I plan it and expand outward for the story elements. Then I have to schedule writing time in my day. I try to write 10 pages a day/2500 words. The next day is about correction and editing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Babysitters club was the first story I read. It made me want to create a series of books for the younger generation. I loved how they had different lives and issues. It made me want to start babysitting and start a club. I did both, it wasn't as exciting as the books though.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stephen King-It and Dreamcatcher because his books tend to make you feel like you are in the story.
Joel Osteen-Your Best Life Now because it made me push harder to accomplish my dreams.
The Alchemist because the title put me off for years, but when I read it gave me a new perspective on accomplishing my dreams, but being aware of your current blessings.
Cane River because it was about Louisiana back in the day. It gives you a glimpse of life before equality.
What do you read for pleasure?
Scary stories. Scary movies aren't scary anymore because your adult mind knows better. However, when you read them, it is a different story. You tend to make the world and the scenes more realistic. "It" still keeps me up at night.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Galaxy is my e reading choice however, I do look at a lot of books on my phone.
Describe your desk
It is an antique desk that was a gift from my grandmother. My laptop is in the middle with office supplies on both sides. On top of my printer (on my file cabinet) is my pad for watching Netflix.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Being a military brat, I spent time in various areas and always was meeting new people. The instability of that life influenced my writing because the scenery doesn't change. Writing has always been my stability.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, which will be done by the years end, is about my l life. It is for motivational purposes. People can relate to stories of triumph that are similar to their own. I believe everyone can relate in some way to various aspects of my life.
Published 2015-09-21.
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Books by This Author

DIVAISMS: Words from a Diva for Divas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,490. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
They are words and phrases that make sense if you plan on being anything in this world. You have to love you and sometimes words of encouragement or just plain silly sayings does that…If I make someone think or laugh, I’ve done my part! Dynamic Inspiring Valuable Authentic DIVA