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When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was 18 years old. I was in a conversation with my sister about relationships and I had questions that I didn’t ask her. I decided to write my questions down. I’m not sure what I was going to do with them, but over the course of 15 years, those questions turned into my first book.
What makes writing your passion?
I love the way people feel and look when after they read my work, they look at me and say, “I didn’t know you could write.” That is the best feeling.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing seriously for the past 10 years
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
I was like a little kid at Christmas. The pride and excitement I felt is indescribable. The best day of my life.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I choose people who relate to something or someone you’ve seen or experienced.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
Noise! I’m good at blocking out the excessive chatter, but writing takes a bit of silence. My life is far from silent, so there is my challenge.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I typically interact with people more. People will always bring about new ideas because someone will say something that will spark your creative juices.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
I keep going hoping for another idea that will bless someone or bless a child. I remember the book that sparked me to want to read, so I’m looking to be that book for someone else. My advice to authors, you get one life to be great, don’t waste it because you were scared of a little criticism or competition. Be a thoroughbred, not a loaf of bread.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Stop being scared to share your voice and ideas. Remember that everyone else is scared too.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I read them and I remind myself that my books aren’t for everyone. That means not everyone has to like it. If they don’t, that’s their problem, not mine.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
I feel like I’ve blessed someone with my work.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
All the time. That is what my books are about.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
Lil CJ is me all day. I had a cat and I thought she could talk to me.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
The book cover preps the story. It’s like looking into a window of excitement.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I love connecting to my readers. We can chat and go over my thought process.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
I enjoy it because I feel like I’m making a difference.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
He had me mesmerized with his interactive use of vocabulary
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
The dream is to be as big as I’m supposed to be. Paint a path for myself for others to follow.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
Yes, my first book. I have so much to offer now that I’m older.
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?