Interview with Kenya Monroe

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is either my iPad or my iPhone. My iPad is nice for long airplane rides or road trips because the battery lasts extremely long and it's size replicates that of a paperback or hardcover book, which I like. My iPhone is simply convenient. I'm usually too distracted to read for long on it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever recall writing was in sixth grade. I was a huge fan of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter and, embarrassingly enough, also a huge fan of horses; of course, I thought to myself, what a brilliant idea to combine the two! I think, in total, I wrote around fifty pages of this: a herd of horses, divided into two categories, working together in harmony. The protagonist was the daughter of the herd "chief" and was in love with her brooding Buckskin childhood best friend. It was horrible. I am ashamed.
Describe your desk
I wish I could say my desk was organized and artsy and deemed fit to make an appearance on a trendy Pinterest thread, but sadly, life is not meant to be perfect. Half of my desk is covered in half-folded laundry and the other half is covered in crumpled receipts, multiple books (mostly by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Cassandra Clare), a set of gel pens and a sticky-note dispenser that is shaped like a Polaroid camera. I do most of my writing and homework from either my bed or the couch.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest (and only) book is a collection of essays, snipbits of unfinished short stories, and poetry. Mostly poetry. I suppose the "story" behind this is the painfully slow and irritating process of completing four years of high school. As I dawdled through the public school system, I learned more about myself and the world around me than I ever did in my AP classes. This is where my work ties in. In my book, the audience can really see what's on my mind. My thoughts transfer immediately onto paper and what I'm going to publish is more raw than anything I've ever shown anybody before. As I've aged, matured mentally, and come to understand my surroundings, my thought process has really been revamped and my latest book really showcases that.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I can usually be found... well, just about anywhere doing just about anything. You can find me curled up with a book or curled up watching Safe Haven. You can find me outside working on my little garden or inside taking a nap. I pride myself on not having an agenda. I go hiking, hang out with friends and spend time studying in trendy coffee shops just like any other typical high school senior. I wake up, go to school, do my homework and make a mediocre attempt at eating three square meals a day. Everything is up in the air and I adore it.
Published 2017-06-30.
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