Interview with Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali

What is your writing process?
I don't have much of a writing process, which is probably why it takes me so long to finish projects. I follow my muse and I work with the time that I have available, which is scant.
I'm not a natural outliner, mostly because I'm so hungry to get into writing the story that has struck my interest. Despite that, I am slowly beginning to appreciate the benefits of outlining and I'm starting to do it more and more.
How do you approach cover design?
An Unproductive Woman was originally published through a vanity press. At that time, I designed the cover in conjunction with a design team. I knew what I wanted and I provided the pictures and guidelines and they gave me what I envisioned.
When I decided to redo the cover, I was going to do it myself, but soon realized I wasn't the best person to do it. I sought help in fellow independent author Starla Huchton, who beside writing also does voice acting and cover design. I supplied the picture and a general idea of what I was looking for and she brought that to life.
I recently purchased a couple of new pictures that I intend to use on the cover of my next book. Provided Starla will have me, I'll use her services again.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That is difficult to answer.
My tastes are eclectic. I refuse to read anything that doesn't catch me up front. If I don't enjoy it, I refuse to push through to the end. In addition, I listen to about as many books as I read.
The easiest way to answer that question is to say that my favorite book(s) is the one I am reading or listening to right now.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle but I've given it to my little one. Currently I read on my Nexus 7 via the downloaded Kindle App.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Right now I am working on The Hinterland Chronicles which constitutes a series of related stories set in a fictional alternate United States. It is based in large part on my particular fears about the world we live in today and our easy rejection of "the other".
In The Hinterland Chronicles religion has been banned and people who wish to practice a faith or believe system, whatever that may be, are forced to either do it underground or if found out, are kicked out of the cities and forced to live in the hinterlands, which is a vast lawless plain, a reservation or sorts.
There are two separate civilizations existing here, yet barely co-existing. These stories follow characters who live within Ajutine, one of the major cities, as well as people on the other side of the wall.
Describe your desk
My desk is my lap. I write in bed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having people read my work and feeling as if they have gained something.
Published 2013-11-16.
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Books by This Author

An Unproductive Woman
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 112,690. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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After ten years of marriage, Asabe and Adam remain childless. Fueled by desperation and a long held secret, Adam marries a second wife. This decision acts as the catalyst to change no one could have predicted. Read An Unproductive Woman to learn what secrets Adam has withheld that would explain his unreasonable longing and pursuit of a son at all costs.