Tramaine Green: I am 28 years old. I am a wife to a wonderful man. His name is Aaron. I am a mother to a four year old girl named Ayanna. About to be a mother again to a little boy named Bakari. I have 9 weeks left to his arrival. Aside from that,
I'm an avid reader & I write poems.
Sistahs on Lit: CONGRATS to you and Aaron!!! What inspired you to write your first book?
Mrs. Green: Almost two years ago, I was at work. We really didn't have a lot going on in my department, so I just
started brainstorming ideas for a book. I wanted to do something outside of the norm. I had never written one before, but I was an avid reader and writer of poems so it wasn't completely foreign to me...At least the ability to write wasn't. I had always known that I had a gift, I just hadn't made up mind on what I wanted to do with it. Normally, I start things and don't finish. But in this case, I wanted to finish and succeed. I wanted to complete my goal and I did. It isn't easy taking a risk, but when you do, you feel so much better that you know you at least tried.
Sistahs on Lit: What keeps you motivated to keep writing?
Mrs. Green: Mainly, my readers/supporters. I love knowing that I they love my stories. It isn't easy to stay motivated in this writing game, so hearing from my readers/supporters makes a huge difference.
Sistahs on Lit: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your first book to life?
Mrs. Green: The main challenge was making sure the story came together & made sense. Then of course the editing and rewrites can take up so much time but its worth it of course.
Sistahs on Lit: What genre do you consider your books? Do you think you would ever venture outside of that genre?
Mrs. Green: Contemporary Romance/Drama. I have actually tried urban lit a little in my short story, Forgive and Forget. Let's just say, it will take some getting use to. Lol But yes definitely.
Sistahs on Lit: If you could turn any of your books into a movie, which book would it be and why? What actors or actresses would you want to play the characters?
Mrs. Green: I would have to go with Yours Truly first because it is my baby. Of course it would be nice to see it come to life on the big screen. I would like to see maybe Morris Chestnut or Michael Ealy play Jaleel. For Kayla, maybe Sanaa
Lathan. And for Alyssa, Gabrielle Union. This is subject to change. :-)
Sistahs on Lit: I love all of your book covers. Who designs them?
Mrs. Green: Thank you so much! My coworker, Alyssa Perez, designed Yours Truly book cover. My friend & fellow author, Jade Jones, designed Forgive and Forget book cover.
Sistahs on Lit: Do you think with Kindle and Nook now on the scene that hard covers and paperback books would slowly become a thing of the past?
Mrs. Green: Good question! I honestly don't believe they will. There are still some people that prefer paperback and hardback books over ebooks. Even I still like to go the traditional route.
Sistahs on Lit: Do you have any book signings coming up that your readers can meet you?
Mrs. Green: Not yet. My books are ebooks right now but I do plan to have paperback books in the near future.
Sistahs on Lit: Alot of authors are putting out 5-6 short stories at one time rather than writing a 200-300 page novel, what are your thoughts on this?
Mrs. Green: I can understand that. It's easier to write a short story than a novel. Besides, we indie authors have to get our name and work out there. We don't want our readers to forget us.
Sistahs on Lit: How may your readers contact you on social media?
Mrs. Green: I am on Twitter, Facebook, and I have a blog as well.
My blog: www.tramainegreen.com
Sistahs on Lit: Thank you again for the interview and please keep us posted of your future works. God bless you on a safe and speedy delivery.