Getting to know Precious Swain author of the “Who Says A Princess Can’t Come From the Ghetto?” Series

Interviewer: Hello, Precious thank you very much for taking the time to speak to us today.

Precious: No thanks needed I am humbled that you wanted to interview me.

Interviewer: I will try to make this quick and painless (laughs)

Precious: The long and the short of it is the series is based on my life up until now, I made it a series of short books versus one long one is because it is easier to hold the readers attention and get the message across if it is short.

Interviewer: How important is research to you when writing a book?

Precious: Research is extremely important because you want the setting to be authentic, in the genre that I write it is important that I use factual information as to not be misleading to my readers.

Interviewer: What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

Precious: I find that I am most comfortable writing longhand and then typing it out on my computer.

Interviewer: When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?

Precious: Wow, I have wanted to write since I was about 8 yrs old.

Interviewer: What inspires you to write?

Precious: My writing is inspired by life past and present.

Interviewer: How often do you write?

Precious: I write whenever the mood hits me sometimes everyday and sometimes once a month it just depends on the mood I am in.

Interviewer: Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?

Precious: I write when I feel inspired that allows it to flow natural and not feel forced.

Interviewer: Writers are often associated with loner tendencies; is there any truth to that?

Precious: I can’t speak on others but as for myself I do have loner tendencies I prefer to have quiet time alone than to always be around a lot of people.

Interviewer: Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

Precious: I flow wherever an idea take me.

Interviewer: What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

Precious: For me the hardest thing about writing is ending. Once I start I find it hard to identify the stopping point.

Interviewer: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?  

Precious: I am an avid reader, some of my favorite authors are Angela Hunt, Juanita Bynum and Tim LeHaye.

Interviewer: Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?

Precious: Yes, I have started a book and left it to sit and stew for 9 months before I went back and finished it. Truth be told I wrote a totally different book in the midst of the layover.

Interviewer: If you had the choice to rewrite any of your books, which one would it be and why?

Precious: I would rewrite “A Girl’s Job is Never Done” it was my first book and I have learned a lot about editing since then.

Interviewer: What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?

Precious: I have learned from experience that a good cover is extremely important.

Interviewer: Have you ever designed your own book cover?

Precious: Yes, I designed a few of my covers. I am currently in the process of having them redesigned.

Interviewer: Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process?

Precious: Most definitely.

Interviewer: Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel?

Precious: No

Interviewer: Do you read any of your own work?

Precious: Sometimes

Interviewer: Do your novels carry a message?

Precious: Yes, each book has a different message.

Interviewer: How much of yourself do you put into your books?

Precious: All of me.

Interviewer: Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Precious: Yes

Interviewer: How realistic are your books?

Precious: Extremely

Interviewer: Who are your books mostly dedicated to?

Precious: My children.

Interviewer: It is often believed that almost all writers have had their hearts broken at some point in time, does that remain true for you as well?

Precious: I am human having your heart broken is inevitable I don’t believe there is a correlation between being a writer and being heart broken.

Interviewer: Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family?

Precious: My daughters are most supportive always encouraging me to make time to write, always making time to read my works.

Interviewer: Do you have a day job other than being a writer? And do you like it?

Precious: My husband and I own a media company, sometimes I like it sometimes I don’t.

Interviewer: Does your day job ever get in the way of your writing?

Precious: No

Interviewer: Another misconception is that all writers are independently wealthy, how true is that?

Precious: Not sure but I’m not.

Interviewer: What do you do in your free time?

Precious: I cook in my free time.


Interviewer: Writers are permanently depressed; how true is that?

Precious: I would say false because I am not only happy but I enjoy life.


Interviewer: What is your motivation for writing more?

Precious: Life is my motivation.

Interviewer: Which book would you want adapted for the silver screen? Precious: “Deceptions of a Dope Boy” because of the hidden message it holds.

Interviewer: Although all books say that all the characters in the book aren’t real or related, but are they really all fictional and made up?

Precious: 😉

Interviewer: When can the readers expect your next book in print?

Precious: Late 2018

Interviewer: Are you working on something new at the moment?

Precious: Yes, but I can’t discuss it at this time.

Interviewer: How many children do you have?

Precious: I have seven natural children.

Interviewer: Do you see any young writers in any of them?

Precious: One has published works, one came in second place in a Reading Rainbow book writing competition when they were in elementary school, and two write songs.

Interviewer: What weather inspires you the most, in terms of bringing out your literary best?

Precious: Windy and rainy weather triggers my creativity.

Interviewer: Do you encourage your children to read?

Precious: Yes I even read to them while in the womb.

Interviewer: Do you have a library at home?

Precious: Yes

Interviewer: Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?

Precious: Not yet but have that in the planning stages.

Interviewer: Do you blog?

Precious: Yes

Well I have to get back to work but I can be found on social media at Precious Swain Author on Facebook, @imprecious on twitter, and @precious_swain and @preciousswainauthor on instagram.

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