Q+A w/ an Author You Need to Know
Welcome to installment, #3 with Author of The Colored Line and Co-Founder of Big Black Chapters, Tiffany Richardson.
A lover of words and books of all genres, Richardson is sure writing is her calling. Not only is she a passionate student of the craft, her desire to teach the art and help others attain their goals in the craft is showcased best in her work with Big Black Chapters.
Q: WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
A: April in Houston, Texas!
Q: WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?
A: Zora Neale Hurston, Dean Koontz, William Shakespeare & Saul Williams.
Q: DO YOU KNOW THE STORY OF HOW YOU WERE NAMED?
A: My mother always loved the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s!!! Audrey Hepburn...enough said! Lol!
(Vonna Interjection: I LOVE Audrey Hepburn, too!)
Q: What is the first book that made you cry?
A: Bridge to Terabithia messed up my whole world. I had never read a book like that before in my young age, and I was an avid reader.
Q: How long have you been writing? A: I have been writing for over 15 years. I write poetry, song lyrics, and fiction. My poetry has been published in a few magazines, but this book is my first big undertaking.
Q: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? A: I’ve written five to completion - only one is published as of now. “The Colored Line” has always had my heart and soul.
Q: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A: Writing energizes me, exhausts me, sustains me, challenges me, and completes me. Writing does all the things to me.
Q: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A: I definitely strive to be more original. I have read a lot of books in my lifetime, and intend to read a lot more. I want my books to be placed alongside the ones that made people feel and really contemplate after they turn the last page. I also want them to be thoroughly entertained.
Q: What does literary success look like to you?
A: I had a few beta readers for my book I just put out "The Colored Line". One reader in particular has been shouting its praises to anyone who will listen for over a year. That is success to me. My book being someone’s FAVORITE book. My book being the book that you can’t stop thinking about when the story ends on those characters I created. I want my book to be A LOT of people’s FAVORITE book.
Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?
A: It is probably a horrible thing to say, but I find when I am happy I struggle to write anything I feel has any real depth or emotion.
Q: Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
A: Spencer Bryant from “The Colored Line” is my favorite BY FAR! What makes Spencer special is his truth he stands in. He knows who he is, he knows what he wants, he loves fiercely, and wholeheartedly with no apologies. He is unmovable in his affection. Edward Harry from one of my other books is right up there with him, though! They have a lot of the same qualities.
Q: What famous author do you wish would be your mentor?
A: If she were still living, Zora Neale Hurston. I would be her shadow. She wrote with a passion and prose I strive to live up to someday.
Q: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process? A: The most difficult part is the editing process. I procrastinated editing “The Colored Line” for so long. Another difficult part is getting that little nugget of an idea and expanding on it. I am a pantser. I rarely plot. Getting from
A to Z is a process. Sometimes I lose steam in the middle.
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