Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Dr. Artika Tyner (a.k.a. Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire) is a passionate educator, award-winning author, civil rights attorney, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice who is committed to helping children discover their leadership potential and serve as change agents in the global community. She is the Founder/CEO of Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute.
I have written three books: The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice, The Leader’s Journey: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within, and Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is: “Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire.” I wrote this book to showcase leaders in history who dared to make a difference in the world. The main character, Justice learns about important women and men throughout history who changed the world: Ella Baker, Shirley Chisholm, Charles Hamilton Houston, Dr. Wangari Maathai, Paul Robeson, and Ida B. Wells. Justice learns how each leader was a champion for advancing justice and improving the world, and she dreams of becoming a change maker, too—“Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire,” a superhero with a law degree and an afro!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write at my favorite coffee shop, Golden Thyme which is located in the historic Rondo community. I enjoy sipping a mocha while listening to Sweet Honey in the Rock.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have been influenced by Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati and Frederick Douglass.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a book for youth entitled: “Motivated to W.I.N.” It offers a three step approach for career success and leadership development.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My local community newspapers have been an excellent resource- Insight News and Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I recommend developing a writing schedule. If you do not schedule time for writing, it will not happen. I am very initial about writing each day even if it is only for 5 minutes.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep writing- I almost gave up while writing my first book. My dear friend, Mary Szto, reminded me that writing is a journey and not a destination.
What are you reading now?
I am reading “My Bondage and My Freedom” by Frederick Douglass. After visiting his home in D.C., I was inspired to learn more about how he leveraged writing as a key tool for advocacy.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am launching a publishing company. It will serve as a platform for diverse authors to plant seeds of social change through literature and community engagement.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
My bible, “Where do you go from here?” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), and “Roots” (Alex Haley).