My book is 20 Thoughts Every Woman Should Have. It is a motivational handbook for women of all ages. It speaks from finances, relationships to self–respect.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am from New Orleans, La. I have been writing since the age of 16…writing poems, songs, raps and now books. The good thing is that I am able to give back and donate to the high schools in the inner city area that I grew up in. I mentor young girls, which is one of my passions.
What inspired you to write this book?
A difficult time in my life is what inspired me to write this book, writing for me is a venting tool.
How did you choose the title?
When I was experiencing certain things, I would tell myself that I would be okay because I am a woman and even though how I was dealing with the situation was hard and hurtful, I knew I was doing the right thing, I knew I deserved better, I knew my worth and it was a situation that so many women deal with day to day, but I refused to and with that, I grew more and became stronger…
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
My obstacles where to finish while still working for corporate America, the responsibility of being a mother. I work hard but I was determined to get it finished and I did.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I knew I wanted to write at an early age. I am 26 now, so 10 years ago, I realized my ability to. I used to write after school everyday….even back then it was a way for me to vent.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I always keep a notepad with me, to write down any thoughts that I may have. I like to have my atmosphere serene, and that tends to work, I can really write and produce.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Since my book is based on my life experiences , I don’t have any characters, but I am working on another one that is also based on parts of my life and I changed the names around. Name changing isn’t the hard part, it is completing the book.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I learned that book writing is a process and you should expect to work hard, and also your book represents you, so put everything in you into your book.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would prepare better financially because it is an expensive project.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I love to read children’s book to have that special time with my daughter, and books that are real-life situations that really address issues that women really face. My favorite author is Margaret Hodges because I can relate and feel her through her writing. Her books are real and she puts her heart into them.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes , I am . Actually I am working on two (2). I am working on a children’s book and also Volume 2 for “20 Thoughts “.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
I feel all authors should explore all options , understand contracts, and work hard.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
I think my target is all women. All women and young ladies would relate in some form, because every woman has had a thought or even more.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?