How do you get inspired to write?
My main motivation is I want to see my book in print. Various things inspire my writing though from places I wish to visit to the things I watch and read. I simply write what I want to read and what I would like to read. There is nothing greater than to write something that you yourself will enjoy. I know it's a little cliche but it's true. 😝
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I can let my creativity run free with no restraints! Best Part Ever! 😄Plus while being inspired to create a new world and characters...the 'imagination process' can be tedious yet so invigorating.
Why did you decide to offer writing services?
I wanted to help authors reach their full potential by offering services that are my unique strengths as a writer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think the greatest part about writing is the new adventures that awaits me when I coming up with a plot and setting. I also like the idea of picking apart my main characters & putting them back together again...this is new I found out about myself as I went through the proof copy of my paperback for Entrapment (Now Rise Of The Legacy) it's pretty great when you are thinking of making a character dance at the edge of danger in the WIP (work-in-progress) or a possible spin off story.
What are you working on next?
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What's the story behind your book Rise of the Legacy?
It was a combination of things. Teenagers with elemental powers was intriguing and was inspired by the t.v. show W.I.T.C.H, I watched as a kid. I knew for sure I wanted them to have elements of nature that side may be the result of my love for science and the natural elements and the show though..lol 😄. I was also intrigued by Norse/Celtic mythology. The mysterious Valhalla Island, and origins of the Valkyries it just kind of spiraled from there. I wanted super human female teens that dealt with everyday problems but more upscale. I am a feminist at heart. I love strong female leads that can kick some serious butt. Then, I thought what would happen if they have to save the world without never really understanding anything about themselves or how they relate to the world or their existence. So throughout the series you will see them lose things, but gain something else in return and let's not forget a sprinkle of romance. 😊😝
Where did you get the idea for your book Lyrical Heart?
It is a revamped Rhythm of the Garden. Rhythm of the Garden was meant to be more of a non-fiction expression and I put two stories of fiction that did not belong with the concept 'Getting To Know The Author" theme I was going for. Lyrical Heart are seven pieces of work. The only thing that can be classified as fiction is the poems. The Seven Sections: (Unraveled Heart: A Memoir's Tale, A Writer's Dream To Improve Essay, Monologue: Evaporated Love...Misguided Illusions Words Unspoken, Words of Wisdom, Poetry, Song Lyrics).
'Words of Wisdom' is things I struggled with in the past and overcame and some I still struggled with from time to time, and advice some it was inspired by the advice my nana Madear told me. So I have added to this section. I hope it will help others. Well many of the poems where things I think about often and that I wrote down. 'Tapestry of Effortless Grace' I wrote to honor Dr. Maya Angelou. I have added'Songs Lyrics' section well I've always loved writing music lyrics since I was in a group when I was younger with my two cousins and bff at the time we called ourselves LYG, but we eventually disbanded. The songs contained in this book are also inspired by two guys.
People judge me as a Know-it-all, but I am not. I know alot because I am what you call a sponge I absorb a lot of info and I research a lot in off time. I have learned a lot over 29 years I have been living even more so in the latter half. But I do not know everything and I am not afraid to admit it either. Sometimes I do ask and I either don't get a response or very little and so I have learned if I cannot get what I need from the people with the knowledge I need I will go find what I need myself. So that taught me stop asking for help unless I absolutely have to. It also taught me some people don't like to help if they don't got something to gain from it or money isn't involved. It is the reason why I give a lot of important info that I have had to figure out on my own I give it out freely. It is one of the reasons I created The Indie Way. I also believe heavily in the concept of working smarter not harder if I can help others get to this point by what I and doing I will do it.
Are you planning to do a book tour, interviews, book signings, or speaking?
Yes to all as soon as I can. Check News & Events regularly.
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What do your fans mean to you?
They actually mean a lot to me more than they probably realize. Knowing that they enjoy my writing and I inspire them to go after their dream in some way makes me happy. If they need advice, I will try to give it the best way I know how. One of the many reasons for the 'Words of Wisdome' section in my anthology Lyrical Heart (formerly Rhythm of the Garden) was to inspire and answer unasked questions that they are afraid to ask. The word of wisdom that I'm sharing was either passed down to me from my grandmother or life itself has taught me. If I cannot help my fans then I will lead them to what/who can.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lol 😄 too many where do I start... Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Chloe Neill, Y.S. Lee, Lisi Harrison, Courtney Allison Moulton, Kate Brian, Kiera Cass, Alyson Noel, Ally Carter, Francesca Block, Cassandra Clare, Kristin Cashore, Stephenie Meyer, Cecily Von Ziegesar, Melissa De La Cruz, Piper Banks, Jennifer Estep, Sarah J. Maas, Tera Lynn Childs, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Gillian McKnight, E.L. James, G.A. Aiken, and these are just a few.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Rise of the Legacy (Formally Entrapment) of course...lol😁 its the first novel I've done, but I have done short stories on figment for contest and stuff, but figment is no more now its get underlined.
What is your writing process?
Plot, main character(s), chapter outline, heroine/main character(s) profiles, villain, subplots scenery, and back story in that order usually sometime I stray when I stop or get writer's block or I'm waiting for that eureka moment to take the story to the next level. It comes and goes...lol. I also do my setting map it helps with the scenery as well. I am also learning new to improve my writing process. I believe each book project in a writer journey to complete a new manuscript they are learning something new about them selves and their writing style and process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first books that made me fall in love with reading: Meet Addy & Changes For Addy of the American girl books, The Babysitter Club books by Ann Martin, The Goosebump books by R.L. Stine, The Clique series by Lisi Harrison, and The Weetzie Bat books by Francesca Lee Block. These were also the books that had the greatest impact in my life as well.
What do you read for pleasure?
It varies my mood usually decides what I want to read..lol sometimes I crave fantasy/myth/paranormal, other times I want to read romance mystery, erotica, and there are times I want a mix of all three.
When did you first start writing?
It started with songs around 5th grade or 6th followed by poems and quotes, & then as I got older it grew to stories.
What made you start out as an indie author?
Well that was simple, but it took some time to come up with this decision. I wanted to know all aspects of the writing industry from the publishing process to the marketing process, and let me tell you, I have a new found appreciation for big publishing houses and agents they do alot of the behind the scene work that makes things easier for the author. I know I would still do some marketing and some other minor things by myself, but a big bulk and heavy lifting is through the publishing house.
The struggle as an indie author is real...lol 😁, but I am also glad I did it. I had more control throughout the whole process which I loved. But there is a major trust factors that goes into any route a writer chooses whether it's traditional or indie in every area of the writing process from editing, formatting, book trim size, and cover design to promotion and market works of art that authors write. I do eventually at some point I do want to crossover into traditional publishing & be a hybrid author.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Pace your self. Carefully plan. Do research as needed. Consider the purpose for the literary work you are writing. Understand the reason behind why you are writing. First and foremost enjoy it. Breathe it in, exhale it, repeat, and let your imagination & creativity flow. If you get discouraged...You have one writer that believes in you. Have the courage to surpass your own doubts. Determination and Reflection is key. Don't give up and have fun 😉. I have tell myself these same things reguarly.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
It's a pain, but when you can create an even better story out of it...that's awesome. So for all my writers out there some days are crappy don't give up just keep going. I'm rooting for you😊. I find new ways to overcome writer's block every time it hits, but the most useful thing is not forcing myself. So far visualization before I write and listening to film scores as I write that has helped me the most besides fighting through it the best I can. I feel the rest is up to the writer's will power to keep going.