Lakisha has been writing since 2012 and has penned more then twenty-five novels, devotionals and journals. You can find topics of faith, abuse, marriage, love, loss, grief, losing hope etc. on the pages of her many books.

In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Co-Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger, the product of a large family. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.

LaKisha writes from her heart and doesn’t take the credit for what God does because if you were to strip away everything; you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

Ask her and she’ll tell you, “It’s not just writing, its ministry.”

 

1) First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me!  When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most? What about being a writer frustrates you the most?

Thank you for having me. I’m always excited to connect with other women such as yourself. Honestly, it didn’t really hit for me until 2017. I’d been writing since 2012, but at the point it was just something I was doing because I never set out to be a writer. It wasn’t until I finally accepted my call to ministry in 2014 and I released another book at the end of 2016 that God wouldn’t allow me to write another anything. LOL. He was shutting me down to shift me into Christian Fiction. Finishing the first book, Dear God, made me realize this was a part of ministry all along.

As far as frustration, I guess that depends on when you ask. At this moment, the most frustrating thing is marketing, reaching new readers outside of the markets I’m already in. Don’t get me wrong, I love my supporters, they are the reason I continue to write but I know there are more people out there who hasn’t come across Lakisha yet and they don’t know what they’re missing. LOL.

2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you? 

Currently, I have, I think 29 books, devotionals and journals. They are all along the line of Christian Fiction and depending on which book you read, you’ll find topics of sexual abuse, domestic violence, postpartum depression, grief, overcoming your past, brokenness and etc. You’ll also find within those same books, restoration, redemption, faith forgiveness, God’s love, mercy, grace and etc. You can find all of them on Amazon by searching my name or visiting my website that has all the links. 

Find her books at Lakisha’s Books

Join her newsletter at Lakisha’s News

Visit her website at Lakisha, the Author

Connect with Lakisha socially at

www.facebook.com/AuthorLakisha

http://www.facebook.com/twinswrite2

http://www.twitter.com @_kishajohnson

instagram.com/kishajohnson & dearsisvlog

Tik Tok – AuthorLakisha

3) What projects are you currently working on?

Books that I’ve been sitting on for far too long and by long, I mean months. LOL. Right now, I’m working on a new full and short release that I’m hoping to have complete by the middle of next month. The full-length novel is about a woman who is turning 50 at the exact same time her life is being torn into pieces. The short eBook is about a young lady who finds herself being broken by a man she thought she could trust. I know this is a little vague, but I can’t give away all my secrets. 

4) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?

It is for sure meeting new people. I know this sounds cliché, but whenever I get messages, emails or friend request from people who’ve read my books and say, “Your book has helped me,” it is the most satisfying feeling ever because I don’t write simply because I have nothing else to do. I write because it is part of my ministry and knowing this gift God has given me is truly helping people, yeah, I call that my mist significant achievement.

5) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?

I take it as part of the business. I’ve been rejected by people who feel a book that has cursing, and sex isn’t Christian Fiction or those who don’t like to read about same sex marriages and etc. I’m okay with that because I don’t write for them. This gift is between me and God, He just so happen to allow me to share part of it with the world. So, when I am rejected in that arena, it doesn’t bother me because I write for imperfect people. See, early on I realized not everybody will like the words I pen to paper and I’m okay with that. Not everybody is going to accept who I am as a bold, unapologetic preacher who tells it like it is. That’s fine. I stopped conforming for people a long time ago. I am who I am. 

6) Do you have a schedule for when you write?  Do you outline your novels?  How long does it generally take you to finish a novel?

God no, I wish I could create a schedule and stick to it. LOL. I write whenever I find the time and words that actually sound good together as a sentence. As for outlining, no it’s never been my thing. I sit with my computer in front of me and write. Timelines, um, it depends. I don’t normally set a time on when I complete a book, hence the reason I rarely put up preorders mainly because I don’t want to rush and mess up the quality of the book or message. I can say the quickest I’ve ever written a book is probably two weeks. 

7) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry?  Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?

Absolutely not to both of those questions. No matter when you begin, it’s never too late. Success is determined by the willingness of the person to go after it, not the time you began. I don’t care how old a person is, if you desire to become an author, write. The only person who can stop you, is you.

8) Are you an avid reader and have you always been? What’s the first book you ever read that really touched you emotionally and moved you?  Who is your favorite author? What book are you currently reading?

Yes, I love to read. In fact, my downtime after releasing a book is to read. My time in between writing (when I can find the time) is reading. I love a good book, genre doesn’t matter. Um, a book that touched me emotionally … honestly, I can’t remember the first book to do that. I read a lot. I’m currently reading Access Denied by Monica Walters and Women Evolve by Pastor Sarah J. Roberts.

9) How has the current state of the world affected your writing? Because writing is an isolated practice, do you find it easier to deal with quarantine? Has it stifled your creativity or has it made you even more driven to get things done?

You know, the current state of the world has its ups and downs. The biggest blessing, for me, is the ability to work from home. (I love it.) However, no, it hasn’t stifled my creativity, but I also haven’t found a lot of extra time to write either. Has it made the quarantine easier? Hmm, I can’t say that it has and neither will I say it hasn’t, because I really didn’t have an issue with it cause I like being at home and I kind of like my family (most days) lol.

10) What are your thoughts about how the publishing industry as it is being represented today? Do you lean more towards traditional publishing or self-publishing as a preference? Does being a hybrid author interest you? 

For me, my preference is self-publishing. Well let me add, at the moment. I’ve been traditionally published, and it didn’t work out, however I’ll never say never as it relates to being published by someone else. Again, this writing is ministry for me and God can change things swiftly and without your permission. Um, being a hybrid author. I’ll say this. If the right deal with the right company that is inline with how I write, I’d consider being a hybrid author. In other words, I’m not opposed to it.

11) I feel like writing is a remarkable tool to help people not only express themselves, but also to cope emotionally and mentally.  I know for me I write to be and feel more authentic. What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity?  How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?

This is a great question and I don’t think I’ve ever thought about it. I agree that writing does help one to express themselves. For me, the part of writing that represents my authenticity is the fact, I keep things real and raw. I use sex, cursing, brokenness, unhappily ever after and etc. in my books because these are the types of things people deal with every day. Yes, I know books are sometimes used as an escape from a person’s day-to-day life, but writing Christian Fiction, I still feel people open those books looking for an experience. I hope I give them that with each book they read. Writing helps me to be more empowered because I can reach people I’ve never met, in places I’ve never been simply by them supporting and picking up a book. Sometimes, this goes farther than standing in a pulpit or being on the inside of a church building. My purpose is to get people to Jesus and if that happens through the pages of a fiction book, amen.