Thursday, December 30, 2010

Featured Author: Harriet Wilson

How did you become a writer?
Well actually me becoming a writer happened by accident. I was sitting around the house after listening to a few of my friends complain about their problems and wrote a short story. But after it was completed, I had so much more to fill in that it turned into a full novel. I've alwyas been a lover of books so it came naturally to me.

What are you hoping readers take from your book?
I hope readers learn that all things that happen in the dark will come to the light and really, I just intend for them to have a good read. I mean Secret Betrayal is an awesome story and I think that  many women find themselves or someone they know in one of the characters.

Who is the hero in your life? How does your hero inspire you?
My inspiration in life is my mother and sister. They have made so many sacrifices for me and I feel like I have to fulfill my fullest potential because of it. Although my mother is no longer with us on this earth, I know she is smiling down from heaven now.

How do you relax after a long day of writing?
Oh gosh, when I am writing I usually drink a nice glass of wine. It seems to keep my creative juices flowing but after I am finished, I really don't have a ritual or anything like that.

What are your favorite marketing and/or promotional tools?
Actually my favorite marketing/promoting tool with Secret Betrayals is letting people read the first page of it. It is an eye catcher for sure and once people read the first page, it is hard for them to put it down.

What is one thing you have learned about the publishing industry?
That it is a dog eat dog world out there. Many authors don't join together to help each other. Instead, they try to get to the top but don't realize that one hand washes the other and sometimes helping others will help yourself.

What advice would you give to an anspiring author?
My advice to any aspiring writer is that writing the novel is the easy part. After it is done, don't think you're just gonna jump to the New York Times Bestseller's List. Its not gonna happen. There is a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into publishing so be on you're A-game.

Who was the first author you read? What was the title of the book?
Of course, Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree. I remember because it was getting passed around my junior high school and everyone was talking about it. Before this book, you couldn't have paid me to read anything but after it, I was hooked. Thanks Mr. Tyree. I feel like I owe my whole career to him in a way.

Tell us what new projects you are working on?
Gosh, I have so many started that I really don't know where to begin. Well, after talking to several readers of Secret Betrayals, I'm going to go on and start the sequel to it. I plan to have it completed by December 2011. Other than that, I have about four or five projects but I can't give them away just yet.

                                                                         Where can your readers find you?
   I can be reached on my website at or Facebook at