When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was a little girl. I’ve always had a love for writing. I started publishing books just a few years ago.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I lost a very close family member. I had words I needed to get out and wanted to inspire others.
What type of books do you write?
I write inspirational books. My first Urban Fiction book will be released this fall. I also write poetry.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love James Patterson. He comes up with such great stories. I love his creative mind that takes writers places they’ve never been before.
What book are you reading now?
James Patterson “Run for your life”
What is your favourite book?
The Coldest Winter Ever by: Sistah Souljah
Which book has disappointed you most after you finished it and what caused the disappointment for you?
I don’t have a specific book that was disappointing but I have read a few books that could have ended better.
Are there any new authors that have recently grasped your interest?
Not really. I’ve actually been reading “Run for your life” for a while because my schedule is so busy.
What are your current writing projects?
Right now I am in the middle of editing the sequel to my first Urban Fiction book “Too Much Untold” I’m working with an author, Don Savant on a poetry compilation for my magazine. I’m also to finish a novel called “The Married Mistress”
Do you see writing as a career?
Not my writing but a publisher, yes.
When working on a project do you set aside specific times of the day to write or do write only when the creative inspiration is there?
I only write when the creative inspiration is there. I feel if you force it then it won’t come out right so when I get the feeling I write. I always make sure I have a notebook and pen around. You never know when that moment will come.
When writing do you have a ‘plan’ of the book already set out as you start or do you let the shape of the content evolve as everything comes together?
I do an outline of each of my books. It’s easier. I never complete a book right away. I get distracted. So I always do an outline just incase I have to walk away and come back later.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging when writing?
Trying to keep from repeating storylines.
What for you is the hardest part of writing a book?
Editing it. I know I never see the small mistakes. So self editing is hard for me.
How do you market and promote your work?
I do a lot of promoting and marketing online. I don’t live close to family and friends. So it’s hard to market in the place I live. So I market my books on online. On my website or anywhere else I can.
Do you think new authors should try to get their work state by a traditional book publisher first or do you think it is ok to go straight to the self-publishing route?
It depends on the writer and what exactly they are looking for. I don’t think people should spend a lot of money to publish a book. You never know how the sales of that book will turn out. I don’t think anyone becomes a best seller as soon as they release their first book. It takes time. So I believe people should do what’s best for them. Research the companies and try to make the best decision.
What gave you the idea for ‘From A Writers POV’ and what is the aim of the website?
From A Writers POV is an online magazine that caters to writers. When I came out with my first book, I was looking for a place online that gave writers the resources; the home they needed for their writing career and books; a place that gave writers exposure through interviews, ads and events. I also looked for a place that didn’t cost a lot of money. Not everybody can put thousands of dollars into their book or market plan, so I created From A Writers POV to give that to writers. We are a non-profit magazine with the exception of some ads or events but we try to cater to those writers who don’t have a lot of money or those that have a passion for what they do, they want to be best sellers but aren’t quite there yet. We help those writers.
Do you have any advice for new writers just starting out?
My advice is to write what you love, write for you and keep going no matter what people say. Everyday won’t be perfect and getting to where you wanna be takes time and patience. You will get there! Stay motivated and focused!