Does your day job ever get in the way of your writing?
There have been days when all I wanted to do was sit and write and I couldn’t because I had to go to work.
A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?
I think in my case it’s quite the opposite. I will admit to some social idiocrasies. I can be an introvert until warmer up then the extrovert immerges.
What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?
I’d prefer long hand but the reality of transcribing later can prove to be time consuming and difficult. So computer it is.
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I knew I was good at and wanted to write in middle school. I loved to come up with stories. I didn’t decide to publish until 2010.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I’ve tried to set a schedule and end up just staring at the computer screen. Usually, when I have the urge to write I sit and sometimes can’t stop. I just let it flow when it’s ready.
How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?
It’s not hard to start, sometimes it is difficult to figure out where to start. For me if there is a character in my head once I get started they purge themselves for my forethought.
Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
No I write until the ideas and insight stop.
Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
I start out with a general idea. But I let the characters and story take me wherever it likes.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
For me it’s not being redundant. I wouldn’t want to tell the same story with the same circumstances with the same outcome.
Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
I think everyone’s life is different. Who defines normal?
Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?
Yes. My first novel was completed and sat for 7 years before it was published. Now, I like to get them out as soon as possible once completed. I have people waiting to read.
What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?
The title and cover are the bait. It catches the eye and should lead to intrigue to go further.
Have you ever designed your own book cover?
I have not designed my own cover but worked very closely with the designer to display my idea of what the cover should look like.
Do you attend literary lunches or events?
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
I’ve incorporated my own as well as some of my friend’s experiences in many of my novels.
Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
My family and friends and supporters.
Did you ever have a rough patch in writing, where nothing in the story seemed to fit or make sense?
I am currently in this place. My current project, I don’t know where to go next. The ending is in my head, I’m somewhere in the middle but to transition from the current setting to the next, I’m not sure.
Which of your novels best describes you as a person?
Love with a Vengeance and Catching Dreams. The main character, Savannah is most like myself simply because she is unapologetically who she is. I was recently described in this manner.
Can you tell us about your current projects?
I have several projects: I just took part in an anthology; “A Hood Summer’s Night Dream.” I’m currently working on a novel which I will co-author with Hashim Connor; I am also working on my first paranormal novel “Complicated Simplicity”.