Interview with India King-Hamilton

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in suburban Maryland not far from the District of Columbia. I was taught to work hard and find the answer on your own. In other words I had to grow up fast. I always had a vivid imagination, just from a word or phrase I would create a fabulous scene and from that scene would come a story.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in college but that was for work. I fell in love with it when I took a creative writing class. My professor told me that I was good and should continue to perfect my work. As time went on I stopped until 5 years ago when I was experiencing some hardships in my life. I picked up writing as a form of therapy and just took off from there.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was going through the blended family drama I did not have anyone to talked too. I called around for counselors and there really wasn't any available therapists to help me with this particular issue. There were no support groups or any groups to join and talk about it or get advice. I called one therapist office and told the receptionist about the issues I was having and she informed me that their office would not be able to help me. The receptionist then proceeded to share her story about her blended family issues. I hung up the phone and thought to myself, "There should be some kind of forum for blended families." From there I created the MAPS program and wrote a book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional publishing is hard to get. The BIG publishers don't accept unsolicited manuscripts and getting an agent to sign me did not happen. I am convince God showed me this vision for the book and I was determined to make it available to the public. So I decided to become and Indie Author. Also, it doesn't hurt that Indie is my nickname.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is seeing all the pieces come together to see the end result.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are, Maya Angelou, Virginia Wolf, Walter Mosley, Mary Alice Monroe, James Baldwin, Alex Haley, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

As you will see I have a variety of tastes but the one common interest they have is that they all are very vivid writers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
First God. I also have a belief that everyday is another chance for great opportunities.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing my day is filled with conversations with God, being a wife and mother.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually searching the eBook sites, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was a creative piece for a business class. I had to write a short story about a scenario in the work place. I barely remember the story but remember the title, "Supervisor = Idiot". I got an A and my professor noted my title to be clever.
What is your writing process?
First I think of a topic then ideas around that topic. I do some research, do a people pole and bounce ideas off my husband and close friends. Then I write my book in sections, I find it easier. Sometimes the end comes before the middle.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It is about a woman who is having some kind of nervous breakdown but both her husband and brother believes she is fine. So she takes to fixate on the yellow wall paper in the summer home they are staying in. It is very vivid with few words but exposes the personality of all she comes in contact with.
How do you approach cover design?
Using the topic of my book I came up with a creative idea and shared it with the artists who added more creativity to it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Malcom X because of the African American history in it.
God don't like ugly - Entertaining piece that is thought provoking
Devil in a Blue dress- suspense, thriller
Ana's Story - Real life story
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone- magical
What do you read for pleasure?
Facebook stories
Published 2014-02-05.
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Books by This Author

Loving with Hate a Cry for God
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,730. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Christian
Loving with Hate A Cry for God is pure entertainment with a spiritual message. The book has four short stories about blended families that focus on the wife in each story. Karen, Addison, Christine and Rose reach out to God for help, they will realize what their marriages and families mean to them, and that both are worth saving. All the couples are introduced to the MAPS program.