I am a mom of three children and a grandmother of 2 boys. I live in Newark, NJ.
2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I'm not sure I have yet. I still find it hard to refer to myself as an Author. I don't know why. You'd think after 7 books I would readily do it but I don't. I guess it haven't really sank in yet.
3. What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote A Journey through the Window of my Soul and the feedback was awesome. people starting demanding other things from me. I told them I do poetry so I gave them another poetry book. After that one I wanted to push myself a little further to see if I could actually do something other than poetry so I wrote two chapters of Drama In The Bricks and they loved it.
4. What books have influenced your life most?
Drama in the Bricks
5. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I would say Brenda Jackson. I love her books and reading them makes me want to get more into the romance genre.
6. Describe your writing in three words.
Interesting, Intense, Realistic
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Watching horror flicks, baking and making scented candles
8. Where do you get your ideas for your books?
It can be anything from something relating to my personal experiences to something happening to those around me. More often than not it just come out of the blue. My mind just start to going. When I'm idle ideas just keep flowing.
9. What new author has grasped your interest?
Sandra Hall. I love her books.
10. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
If I couldn't write I'd want to be the owner of a Café.
11. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
I would have to say my favorite comes from Misty's Blues the Christmas Party scene.
12. Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
This story wouldn't leave me alone. I felt Misty had become reality. A lot of women are stuck in bad relationships for one reason or another. They know they need to get out but they remain sometimes out of habit, fear of change, for the sake of belonging to someone etc. Sometimes they just get stuck. Sometimes like Misty they pass up a chance at real love by remaining in bad relationships.
13. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My upcoming book is Changing the Game 3. It is about a young man who have a desire to leave the life of the streets behind him but realizes that getting out isn't as easy as getting in. The streets are no as forgiving as he would like to think and no matter what changes he attempt to make there are consequences for the wrong he has done.
14. How do you think self-publishing has opened or closed doors for creative people?
I think self publishing is a blessing. Everyone has a story to tell. Will everyone like it no but that shouldn't deter anyone from going after their dreams. We all have to begin somewhere and we get better with time.
15. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I will tell every aspiring author go after their dreams. Surround yourself with positive people who will push you and be your own biggest cheerleader. Sometimes in this business getting support don't come easy but don't let that stop you. Write because you enjoy doing it and because your looking for fortune and fame that way when the 28.00 royalty checks roll in you won't feel like the bottom fell from under you. It's a rough business so roll up your sleeves and put on the thick skin. Your going to need it. If you feel you have a story to tell write it and let nothing or no one stand in your way. Do your research on your subject, invest in an editor, befriend other authors to guide you and stay positive. Good luck to all who inspires to write.