Interview with Atlas Brown

Who are your favorite authors?
I'm really a huge fan of the Harlem Renaissance era. I'm fascinated with the work of James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston. Moving along to where we are today in history, I would have to say Junot Diaz, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Toure, and Gloria Naylor, Paul Austere and Andrea Levy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I believe that I've been given a gift to write and I don't want to let anything hold me back -- so I get up! I think that technology helps with the process of writing today too. I'm not pressured to have something out to a publisher, because I co-publish my work. So, I'm more involved with the entire process of what is written and designed as far as my book covers and book promo sites. I believe in my work.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of eight years old.
What is your writing process?
My process with regard to writing is to just write. I do have a few things that are essential on my list during my creative flow: coffee, incense, and jazz music. I will be including a few more things this year to my writing regimen. I will share more about it in the next interview. :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in three different cities. It has a major effect on my writing today. I have the opportunity to tell many stories about different places and create characters that reside in two different regions of the United States. I hope to one day be able to write about Paris, France and my experience in the country has well.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read, shop, design creative projects, watch countless movies and play with my dog. I do like to go out and experience life as well with the people. I like to call myself an artistic socialite. I love spending time in my studio to write and read. I'm a huge fan of self-education. It is imperative that you research, read, and study the craft of writing by any means necessary. I believe that can just be reading and knowing and learning how the best do what they do and you go from there in your own work.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. It made me understand the plight of racism at a very young age.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I decided that it was time -- and that is all.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Dirty South Chocolate and City Love Dreams is a three-story series created under the blueprint: bluestreetluvstories. The stories are about a thirty-something African American female writer/professional.

LaBelle is in the midst of putting together a literary conference and ends up finding the love of her life. The young female writer also ends up facing who she is in the mirror as a black woman dealing with her beauty and the standards set in society.

Ultimately LaBelle has to face herself. She begins to learn how to trust men, maintain healthy relationships, and truly learn how to accept who she is as a woman of reverence and grace.
Published 2014-01-04.
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Books by This Author

Dirty South Chocolate and City Love Dreams
Series: bluestreetluvstories, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
In life there’s always a chance that you might hit or miss in relationships. With that being said, why does it take couples or potentials in the making so long to commit LaBelle Pearl McGhee answers all of these questions in a three-part trilogy that will have you begging for more of this afrocentric queen’s experiences -aka- herstory.