I started in high school. I wrote a version of Color Me Jazzmyne back then but changed it constantly over the years, until one day I threw the original version out and just started from the beginning. I also wrote in college as a sports editor and a news editor. Writing it seems, was always there. I just needed to see it clearly.
What are you hoping readers take from your book?
Most people say that I am a very emotional writer. For me, my goal is to make a reader connection. To reach the reader emotionally. If after reading my book, the reader puts it down and is still trying to gather their emotions together after having been on an enjoyable emotional rollercoaster, I feel that my goal was accomplished.
Who is the hero in your life? How does your hero inspire you?
My mother. Growing up there are so many things we never know about our parents and then one day over a cup of something, (whatever it happens to be at the moment) you discover something incredible about them and it inspires you. That is what my mother did for me and I am so grateful for it.
How do you relax after a long day of writing?
I like to watch a movie. Something that will make me laugh and then again sometimes I want something that will stir my emotions. It depends I guess, on where I was in my story.
What are your favorite marketing and/or promotional tools?
Social media has had an amazing affect on my promotion of Color Me Jazzmyne. It has allowed me to connect to readers, reviewers, book clubs and other authors.
What is one thing you have learned about the publishing industry?
Don't take the 'no' personally. Not everyone will love your work. That's okay. Once you get the 'no' out, you can move on.
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Don't start 'publishing yourself' when you see your work in print. Get out there and start building a name for yourself through blogs, forums or anything else you can find that gets your name out there, well before your book hits the .com world.
Who was the first author you read? What was the title of the book?
I wish I could remember back there far. Getting older, mind ten years ahead of me already. A friend gave me a book one day by Christina Schwarz called, Drowning Ruth. I read it in a couple of days and it still sits on my bookshelf.
Tell us what new projects you are working on?
I am currently wrapped up in the pages of my second release, My Father's Colors. I hope to see it released by the Spring. I hope readers will find it to be a mind-throbbing, heart-racing, emotional rollercoaster ride that doesn't allow them to put it down. In fact, there is already an event planned for it called the: 'Get Your Red Shoes On'. It's going to go down on February 17, 2010 at the Atlanta Marriott Norcross. For $35 you get a 3-course seated dinner, live musical entertainment, a signed copy of My Father's Colors, a fully interactive book reading and lots of red shoes on the floor, type of fun! I have so gotta get my red shoes before then!
Where can your readers find you?
My calendar is always posted on my website. I would welcome readers to come out to any of my events, so that we can chat up a storm.