A romance about the eternal flame of love that finds a way in chaos. It’s a spiritual journey of God’s true nature and his ultimate design.
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?
When I was younger and could barely read and write, my sister introduced me to the late great Biggie Smalls. I can remember clearly how amazed I was at this man’s magical creativity and how he was able to put words together in such a way that it came to life, basically a movie in your brain. We sat and wrote out “gimmie the loot”, every single word, well mostly her. And I practice that song until I remembered it from front to back and back to front. Inspiration at its highest. Biggie is a major reason why I love writing. Shakespeare as well is a big inspiration on me as far as writing, Othello was an amazing book that the words just came off the pages. I was still struggling as a reader around that time in school, but just a movie in your brain. Amazing creativity among these juggernauts in our world. This was my calling. The thing I love about writing the most is, that I can create whatever world I decide to create and bring it to life. No matter what I decide I can create, there is no limit to my imagination. What frustrates me the most is, I wish I had more time to write. I am literally in love with writing.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
My book follows a beautiful couple during slavery days and their struggles to keep their love. The harsh realities of being a slave and in love. Bishop and Abigail are so in love. But Elizabeth the slave master’s wife and Johnathan the slave master himself makes their life a living hell. Johnathan is in love with Abigail and Elizabeth and Bishop has falling for each other. You can get my book at Amazon bookstore and Barnes and Noble.
3) Where do you draw your inspiration from for the stories that you manage to weave together and the characters that you create?
I draw my inspiration from the thought of love. Love being actual. I want to have an impact on the way people look at life. That life has so much to offer, we just have to go for it and do our best on a day to day. Believe in something, whatever that something is. And see that life is beautifully broken.
4) 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? What projects are you currently working on?
To be honest, I do not have a schedule time to write, and I have never outlined a novel. I try to keep a promise to myself of writing something, no matter how small, even if it’s one word down every single day. Maybe I should add this way of doing things down. But to me, just getting up and doing it is everything. It takes me about a year and few months to finish my novel, not by design just the time I have to write on a daily basis. I have to create more time to write more often. As far as projects, working on part two to God, Sex and Slavery, and a poetry book, and possibility of some music. Let’s see where this journey takes me.
5) What’s the first book you ever read that really moved you emotionally? Who is your favorite author to read? What book are you currently reading?
The first book I ever read is pretty hard to remember but the first book that inspired me was Othello by Shakespeare. Currently dabbing in The Alchemist by Paulo. Very interesting book.
6) 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?
The most significant achievement thus far, the unexpected love of this book, God, Sex and Slavery from my readers. Very unexpected. In five years, I see myself as one of the best authors in the world. It requires work and consistency, but I am up for the task.
7) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career? What is your advice for other writers to better be able to cope or navigate their way through the publishing process, be it traditional or self-publishing?
My advice would be, that no means another door has open. And if we just look pass the no and walk through the door that has just open, we can see that possibility has no boundaries. It takes time for anything beautiful to develop. For some its six months, for some it’s a year and for some its ten years. No matter the time it takes just keep going.
8) Do you find it hard to juggle the creative side of being a writer against the business side of being a writer, in terms of marketing and promotion and things of that nature? How hard has it been (or easy) for you to build up your author platform?
If you are a writer, you’re a writer. Marketing has been the hardest part for me as a creator. Most platforms reject my marketing because of the words on my title, I think it is the fact that I use the word sex, it is a lot of restriction on my marketing. At first, I look at it as unfair but going forward it has made me become more creative. I have to do a little bit more to market my creation. But to be honest I know I have something amazing to offer the world and I am not going to stop my efforts to get it out there.
9) So many writers say that they hate reading their own work. Do you ever enjoy reading your own work back to yourself after it’s out there for the rest of the world?
I have not read my book since I published it. It just has a weird feeling to it. I enjoy hearing people talk about it. That’s my reward, and I feel absolute gratitude whenever I hear someone ask me something about my book or I hear a group of people discussing the story. It is an amazing feeling that money cannot buy.
10) 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, no matter the time, the age, the year, anyone can do anything they put their mind to. It’s that you have to want to do it. Once that want start kicking your butt to get up and get whatever is inside you out. You are going to get the stepping and get it done.
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?
I write with a lot of emotion. I do not hold back on what I want to say and how I want to say it. I will use whatever words I feel, and I do not restrict myself to any rules or regulations on how to write and what to say. I say it as it is. I want the world to accept me as me and nothing else. I am unique in personality, I am crazy, I am smart, I am fun, I am love, I have feelings, I have lost, I have won, I am up, I am down, I have failed, and I am success. I am who you see before you.