1. What inspired you to write your book? Was there a particular life incident?
Being an author has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I started writing poetry when I was 8 years old and I never stopped. My first book, "Seasons" is dedicated to Lamont "Duka" Terry. He was my first love. After losing Duka to Cancer in 2014, I my on going struggle with depression and anxiety worsened. Throughout this experience I documented my emotions through poetry. I just remember being very depressed and lonely after his passing, and I felt like there had to be more to life than just pain. It was in that uncomfortable space that I found the inspiration to make my mark in life by putting out my work.
2. What motivated you to actually take the steps to get this done?
Pain is what motivated me. I knew that the pain I was feeling was there for a reason - it was placed there to revile something to me. Considering all that I had been through and survived, I knew that I had a purpose. I believe my purpose is to share the gift that God has given me, to use my poetry to minister to others, and to be a living testimony that love continues to live on even after death.
3. Did you do research or schooling on writing a book prior to writing this one?
I honestly had no clue what I was doing. At one point it seemed impossible to me. I would do online research and ask around to get information about publishing. I had the book written and got the artwork done before I even knew how to make it into an actual book. I just trusted God and he provided me with everything I needed to get it done.
4. Is this your first of longer writings?
Yes. I will definitely be writing more books.
5. What helped you persevere throughout writing your book to its completion?
It helped me to just write from the heart and not worry about the finished product. I just focused on writing what was real to me and what I was feeling at the time. I wanted to keep my work as pure as possible.
6. Where there any points in writing your book where you felt like you wanted to give up?
No. When I write books, it doesn’t really feel like I'm writing a book. I just write because it's what comes to me naturally and then I put it together when I feel it's time.
7. Are you planning on writing any other books?
Yes! I love writing. I've been writing for so long that I cant imagine not writing. I've become comfortable with the process of publishing books, so I plan to continue writing, publishing, and growing.
8. Where there any books that you sited within yours that readers should also read?
I didn't site any books within mine, but here are some books that inspired me.
"The Rose That Grew from Concrete" by Tupac Shakur
"The Mastery of Love" by Don Miguel Ruiz
"Milk and Honey" by Rupi Kuar
"Heart Thoughts" by Louise Hay
9. Did you dedicate this book to anyone? If so why?
I dedicated "The Language" to my mom. In the process of writing the poems and free-verse included in this book, I experienced emotions that required me to dig inside myself to create the closure I needed. While doing so, I discovered my inner voice which reminds me a lot of my mother’s voice. My mom was a teen mom, she had my brother when she was 15 and had me when she was 17. I've watched her work so hard to be the best mom she could be. She carried herself a certain way, she stayed strong, and she never folded under pressure. Watching her so closely planted something in me. I believe that God placed me under her care so when I grew to discover my inner voice, I would find comfort in hearing hers.
10. What is your favorite chapter?
My favorite chapter is the second chapter, "Love Theory". It's pleasing for me to read and re-witness my idea of love evolve. I think this chapter will be relatable to those who fear love or run away from it. This chapter will meet them right where they are and they'll be able to grow with me and hopefully develop a better and safer outlook on love.
11. What are your top 5 tips on writing & publishing a book for newer writers?
I would advise them to focus on writing and completing their book before anything else. There’s so much that has to get done (art work, lay out, editing, printing, etc.) to get to the finished product and it's so easy to get distracted or discouraged by all of these steps. By having your complete written work, it'll be easier to take all of these steps because you'll believe in the work you've completed. Another important thing to remember is not to rush it. After completing my second book, I just wanted to get put it out. My book was completed in June and wasn't released until December 2nd. During these 6 months, I got antsy but I learned that patience is a great quality to have during this process because it leaves room to get things done correctly.
12. What was your favorite part of writing this book?
My favorite part about writing "The Language" was pulling poems out of my journal and putting them together. I was so hype just to see how I unconsciously shared my experience in sequence. It was like putting a puzzle together. I loved seeing all the pieces find it's fit.
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