Rekaya Gibson is an author and freelance writer. She has written and published seven books in multiple genres which include tales about magical foods, social media and colorism. She also has contributed content for Amtrak, HuffPost, Writer’s Digest Books, and several lifestyle magazines.
Which five words best describe Mama Don’t Like Ugly?
Can you share one highlight from the book?
Mama was giving eight-week-old Dana a bath. The water kept getting hotter. Dana let out a shrill. Mama picked her up. She pressed Dana’s head into her chest and patted her back with force. It knocked the wind of her. Mama ceased when she thought the baby had stopped crying. Dana eventually regained her normal breathing.
What is your path of purpose, healing, and wholeness?
Decide. Do it. Live with no regrets. Be nice. Forgive. Pray.
Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?
I tend to focus on food in my works. My female leads are usually single, independent and strong. I like to include at least one quirky character.
Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?
I enjoyed writing about Dana, the main character, and seeing her come of age. I wrote the book from her point of view. I had the most fun writing about her birth.
The physical abuse scenes were hard. I didn’t want to be too graphic, so I incorporated more verbal abuse instead. This helped ease my emotions while writing it.
Has your writing process changed since you became a published author? Can you tell us about your writing style and what a typical writing day looks like?
No. I’m still a pantser – someone who doesn’t plan, plot or outline. I sit at my computer every day. I let my characters tell their stories through me. When I get stuck, I move on to something else or pull out a pen and paper to get my creative juices flowing again.
What do you do besides writing for a creative outlet?
I develop recipes; host a sports podcast; and I go on photo walks.
Any sneak peeks into upcoming books info you’d like to spill?
My upcoming book will feature an African American female private investigator.
Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?
I wanted to write only one book. Check it off my list and move to my next adventure. The “writing gods” had other plans.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I plan to explore two new genres this year: romance and cozy mysteries. Stay tuned. Thank you for the continuous support!