Twenty Questions for the Author

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Q - What does your writing process look like?

A - Wine, laughter, and my dining room table.

Q- Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

A- Not really. I ask my characters questions (aloud) and I like for my friends to read my manuscripts out loud to me.

Q- What book do you wish you could have written? A- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. But, Carson McCullers beat me to it.

Q- Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

A- I hope I've inspired someone. Toni Morrison, Harper Lee and Bernice McFadden. There are so many more authors I've been inspired by.

Q- If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

A- Whoa, I hope this is an exercise in manifestation. Cami would be played by YaYa DaCosta and Ali would be played by Jesse Williams from Grey's Anatomy. I actually used a picture of the Premier Soccer League player, Glenn Johnson when writing about Ali, but I don’t think he acts.

Q- How important are names to you in your books?

A- Very important. I choose names for my characters much like the way I chose names for my own children. The names are usually connected to other meanings, things I like and or family members.

Q- If you were granted one wish for something you could use in your day to day life, what would it be for?

A - Champagne. Good champagne! I’d like to drink a glass EVERY SINGLE DAY! I love the stuff.

Q- What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

A- My firstborn. He's such a great person. I chose him, because he's closest to adulthood. The other two are still in the making.

Q- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A- Sittin' on the dock of a bay, writing something funny and provocative.

Q- Are you a plotter or a pantster?

A- I'm a pantster. I've toyed around with plotting and planning, but I tend to get overwhelmed by my ideas.

Simply put, a plotter is someone who plans out their novel before they write it. A pantser is someone who, “flies by the seat of their pants,” meaning they don’t plan out anything, or plan very little.

Q- What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

A- The entire technical/business part. I’m a storyteller who writes it down. I just want to share my stories in the hopes someone sees themselves in my character and realizes alternate outcomes for their own lives. I don’t want to deal with the marketing and taxes part.

Q- Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

A- Yes. In my tenth grade Honors English class at Dr. Philips High School.

Q- How did you come up with the title?

A- I didn’t. My sister did after reading the first draft of my manuscript. I was just calling it, Untitled, But At Least I Started.

Q- Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

A- Why the hell not you? Don’t take yourself out of the game before you’re even up to bat.

Q - Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

A - Oh my God, Yes! I’m obsessed with Ernessa T. Carter. I loved her book, 32 Candles. Check it out!

Q- Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

A- Yes. I want to ensure my characters have their own voices, cadences and styles of speech.

Q- Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

A- That’s an easy one, but I have two. My squad of girlfriends. Those chicks are the greatest! And my literary fairy godmother, Tara Mixon of She does it all and she is so super encouraging.

Q- When did you first, without hesitation, call yourself a writer?

A- I still haven’t. Tara’s going to roll her eyes.

Q- How do you work with an editor without the pride thing getting in the way?

A- Easily, when the editor gets you.

Q- What's your favorite love story? (movie or book)

A- Love Jones. Hands Down.

**Bonus Question**

Q- This is a 2 parter:

If I wasn't afraid I would _________ (What?) Someday, I want to _________ (What?)

A- Quit my job, to write. And

Write from my backyard on Lake Como.

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