Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a Southern Lady who loves to read. I found my passion for books at a young age, but never had the courage to write one myself until I turned 40. Now I am living my dream.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The last book that inspired me was The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. It really made me think about what is going on in the world today. Of course I knew what was happening around me, but I never felt it until I read this book. It really pulled at my emotions and caused me to feel instead of just seeing what was going on in the news.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don;t know if it is unusual, but I like to plot out my scenes verbally before writing the actual story.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have many influences, but the most influential authors for me are Maya Angelou, Zora Neale Hurston, Octavia Butler and Edgar Allan Poe.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the sequel to my debut novel, The Mistreatment of Zora Langston. Readers expressed that they wanted more of her story and I had an inspirational dream that made me want to continue her story.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I utilize Instagram the most because the photos are a great way to quickly connect with readers. I also use Facebook for author takeovers and connect with the readers on a more intimate level.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be prepared to utilize all of your marketing skills. Writing the book is just the beginning. You have to be ready to put in the work to market your book to get in the people’s hands.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Last year I met seasoned author Olivia Gaines and she told me to pick a certain time to write each day and to write even when I wasn’t inspired. I found that she was right because once I set the time and wrote even without “feeling” inspired I was more productive and the words still flowed.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading “I Am Soul” a poetry collection by Yecheilyah Ysrayl
What’s next for you as a writer?
Once I complete my current project, I would like to start working on a special dedication to one of my life heroes, Pat Summitt. I would also like to release a book of poetry this year.
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?
Oh wow, this is a hard question. Can I take my Kindle and an everlasting battery? If I had to choose I would say Kindred by Octavia Butler… Nope I can’t decide, please don’t make me. lol