- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a native of Newport News, Virginia. As a child, I was self-entertained, even though I was a middle child. I have always been a lover of words, all things books, and music.
- What do you do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing, I enjoy reading the work of many fellow authors including Anna Waddell (RIH), Nia Rich, Christopher ‘Ca$anova’ Cannon, Elijah Foreman, Sultana Sams, Mokisses and others. I also enjoy listening to music, spending time with family, friends.
- When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I began writing during high school, it started as a journaling assignment in my English class. I finished and released my first published book, Conversations from Her Heart, in 2016.
- How did you choose the genre you write in?
Poetry chose me, and I’m so grateful. Even though God is expanding my gift beyond Poetry into short stories, novellas, and more in Contemporary Romance; this genre will always be my foundation.
- Where do you get your ideas?
I am an emotion-driven writer, so I tend to write about personal experiences, feelings, or events and circumstances that have transpired in and around my life, and others around me – also music, pictures, and some newsworthy stories inspire me. My imagination goes on a journey of sorts when an idea comes to fruition.
- Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Dr. Maya Angelou (RIH) greatly inspired and influenced my love of Poetry, her truth, realness and incomparable ability to share her life in words is priceless to me. I am still learning from her legacy.
- Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I was challenged with learning the business side of things, not just simply writing; but ensuring the work is edited properly, has an enticing, professional cover to entice readers to pick up your book as well as promotion.
- Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
My favorite authors include a diverse group, including Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Terry McMillan, Tupac,
- What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
Regardless of technological advances, I believe there will always be a need, desire to read and write. Stories need to be told, testimonies shared and lessons learned through education. Even with similarities, no two stories are the same; authors bring something special and readers can appreciate various styles of writing.
- What is your role in the writing community?
I feel my role is to share my experiences so others may learn and grow from them, as well as entertain and hopefully inspire through the stories I write.
- How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life paths?
Many of my books have an underlying message of faith, being a believer in something bigger than self, and being inspired to be better and do better.
- What is your testimony?
Personally, I feel my testimony is one of gratitude and deliverance. I have held many roles: daughter, sister, friend, wife, cousin, aunt, and co-worker; but most cherished of them all is a mother. I have survived my worst days and my proudest days, yet I’m grateful for ALL of the days that God has afforded me thus far. He didn’t have to do it, BUT He did!
- How has your environment & upbringing colored your writing?
I tend to write how I live life, through rose-colored lenses. I was fortunate to be raised in a loving, two-parent home with siblings who I am still close to. My parents have been married since 1966; they met while in seventh and fifth grades; thus my underlying love for Romance.
I always err on the side of positivity, trying to see the good in everyone – unless or until the person shows you differently. Of course, I have been shown differently by the ones closest to me; but I write about the good, the bad, the forgiveness, and the ones I yearn to forget, pray for, and leave behind.
- What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Overcoming the fear of sharing some of my most inner thoughts and words with readers; later learning from readers and reviews that my words helped, encouraged or inspired them.
- What projects are you working on at the present?
I have several projects in the works, but focusing on finishing stories in Contemporary Romance right now. Look for new releases soon!