Depends on my mood. Lately, I've read a number of African authors because their themes and content really seem to connect with me. I like to read pre-2000 books more, full of drama, real life situations as well as sy-fy that really mimics reality.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like hard copies, paperbacks, but if I had to choose it would be Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth is always the most effective in my opinion. You can post 1 million times but unless you're already famous, other people posting for you and about you through their own free will is very effective. People like the opinion of other people.
Describe your desk
Sloppy. My work area has to be a mess, just like the beginnings of a novel, until it all comes together and clean at the end.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small neighborhood called Duggan, which is also connected to a section called Sugar Hill. The experiences and observations of poverty and its effects guides much of my writing. I look at the neighborhood as a place that is muted and I am able to give it a voice of reason.
When did you first start writing?
I used to aspire to write music so that began as a kid, but my first story came as an undergraduate at Texas Southern University around 2001. It was a story about the death of one of my childhood friends who was shot down by a police officer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book is called HER Untold Story. The book is a collection of stories from women of all walks of life who grew up with their mother in a single-parent household, the psychological effect it had on them growing up and the aftermath.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being denied or altogether ignored by big companies when I felt that my stories were better than most works that were being accepted. Moreover, knowing people under big companies who are either put on the backburner or dealing with low royalties, I figure it's pointless to be with a big publisher unless you are a J.K. Rowlings type.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped me reach platforms and vendors that I would otherwise be unable to reach.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is hearing young people or adults discuss how the books are relatable to their life or someone they know, or how it opened their eyes to the reality of poverty, drugs and addiction, violence, relationships, and rape culture.
What do your fans mean to you?
My works are like my babies so my fans become like my grandchildren. I exist as an author for them.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow. That's a tough one, but here goes, in no particular order: Richard Wright, Buchi Emecheta, Toni Morrison, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Zora Neale Hurston, Sophocles, Amiri Baraka, Bebe Moore Campbell, Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, Jazz Claiborne, and Montayj. Okay, I could go on and on.
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