A native of the Metropolitan of Washington, DC, Mychea holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and is the author of 11 fiction novels and 2 eBooks, resulting in over half a million book sales. She is also the writer and producer of 3 stage plays and a web series that were filmed in Maryland and DC.
Mychea has launched From Ground Zero to Published, an online writing and publishing course to help individuals looking to self-publish books or publish the traditional way which is currently able to view on her YouTube channel, Mychea.
Most recently Mychea has ventured into public speaking and hosting seminars on publishing in today’s market.
Mychea is currently working on a web series that will debut in winter 2018, a film and stage plays to be debuted in 2019.
In her spare time Mychea loves to volunteer at men and women’s shelters, read romance, suspense and mystery novels, draw, plan events and hang out with friends.
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 so much for reaching out about an interview! I’m excited. Oh my gosh, I’ve been writing for so long. When I was in 5th/6th grade, I used to write short stories and have illustrations with them, as well as poetry. Writing has always been a way to express myself. I even told my elementary teacher at the time that I was going to write a book one day and dedicate it to her. Which I did! The novel is titled Coveted. What I love the most about writing is when each project is complete! 😊 I’m sure all writers can relate. The most frustrating thing is when I’m in the midst of a story and my characters don’t want to act right. It’s weird, characters take on a life of their own sometimes and you just have to figure out a way to roll with it.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
Absolutely! My novels are very much bring on the drama, but also have a flair for mystery, suspense, thriller and a touch of paranormal. Depending on which one you’re reading. They are all listed on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and my website www.mychea.com.
3) What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a web series; I currently have a few on my You Tube channel Mychea and stage plays, a novel and pitching a new sitcom that I’ve written a pilot for. Fingers crossed. I also have a nonprofit called Creative Hearts in the Arts, that is gearing up for its debut. More information is soon to come.
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?
My most significant achievement is having people believe in my work. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing something I created in my head manifest to light. Five years from now I see myself thriving in my writing, whether it be stage productions, film, novels, etc. So be it. Bring on all of it. I’m ready!
5) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?
It’s part of the process. You learn from it and move on to the next thing. It can only make you better.
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?
I like to write in the mornings about 5am – 7am or overnight when the world is still and at peace. I outline my novels after I make it to the midpoint of writing. Timelines on a complete novel vary. I can’t give a definitive answer. They all are done in their own time.
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?
There is no such thing as it ever being to late to do anything. You get one life, make the most of it. You’re only hindered by the limitations you place on yourself.
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?
I am now and always have been an avid reader. My mother started reading to me in the womb and it’s pretty much been on from there. It’s been so long; I couldn’t begin to remember the first book that moved me. 😊 I tend to get attached to all books that I read. I put myself in that world and become completely enthralled. Outside of myself, my favorite author is James Patterson. I am a huge fan of his work and art of storytelling. I am currently reading Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.
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?
I don’t feel a difference at all, honestly. I’m such a loner. I naturally isolate. There hasn’t been a change to my routine.
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?
Publishing has changed drastically over the last eleven years. I am a hybrid author. I’ve published both ways and my advice is always, each author should do whatever works best for them.
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?
My writing reflects my need for escape. The world is serious enough. I write to entertain and have you leave your worries behind for a beat. Live in the moment of my characters world. Venture to new places, explore different emotions, be free.