1. How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?
Writing has always been a part of my life from childhood. I see beauty all around me and I write about it. That is passion.
2. What inspires you to write?
Nature. People and their reactions to everyday situations.
3. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?
Longhand works best for me. I love the pen and paper.
4. Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?
My baby sister, (actress and singer) Sandra Jones and my whole family.
5. Do you read any of your own work?
Yes, if I don’t enjoy it, it would be pointless for me to write. I have to like it first.
6. How realistic are your books?
So far, I have only written about real life experiences.
7. Which book inspired you to begin writing?
The writing of Christian author, Anita Corrine Donihue inspired me to use the writings that I had already completed into a book. I loved the simplicity of her words and the ease that I found in relating to it.
8. How important is research to you when writing a book?
I am a Christian writer and it is very important to me to be scriptural when expressing myself. I use the Bible principles in all of my work.
9. When did it dawn on you that you wanted to become a writer?
When I learned how to read and write. As far back as I can remember, I loved to express myself in the form of poetry. I wrote about everything I could think of as a child. I still remember a lot of the poems.
10. Do you mentor?
I had the opportunity to assist four students with their senior projects. I am also a songwriter and their projects focused on music. They all received excellent grades and I was very proud to have been a part of that program.
11. Have you designed your own book cover?
I designed the book cover of the book that I am now promoting.
12. Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process?
Yes, very much so. I designed my first book cover because I wanted it to appeal to women. A book cover should make a person look twice because something should stand out and grab their attention.
13. How did it feel when you got your first book published?
I was overjoyed. It feels wonderful to see your work in print. It feels like the beginning of a beautiful journey.
14. What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?
I feel that you should have a good relationship with the person you are co-authoring with. I haven’t done any, but I have a relative who had a very positive experience with 2 other co-authors. I must say that each one of them had a lot in common and the book was a self-help book, which made each contribution unique and necessary. It would have to be certain elements in place for that type of collaboration to work.
15. Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?
Yes I have experienced “writer’s block” and after I meditate and stop trying so hard, it eventually goes away. I wrote a most interesting piece about not being able to write about anything. It was a short poem and it turned out to be something that I will use in my next book.
16. What do you want people to get from your writing?
I want people to be encouraged, lifted and ministered to.
Are you interested in writing a Christian love novel?
I have thought about it and I am sure it would be a challenge.
17. Do you see the “writing germs” in any of your family members?
Yes, my son is a published writer and my nephew and sister also.
18. Are there any books that you are currently reading and why?
I am currently reading “Shaped Notes” by Larnelle Harris. He is a famous contemporary Christian singer and songwriter and has a fascinating story to tell about faith and perseverance.
19. How are your relationships with your family? Do you stay in touch.
I have a very close relationship with my family and we do stay in touch. We have had our ups and downs, but that is the reason we have stories to tell.
20. Do you recall the first book/novel you read?
The first ever novel that I read was, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, by Maya Angelo.