I am a 32 year old married mother of two, who wrote and published my first book in March of 2012 called Mother In-Law Guilty of Murder. That is a full novel, that I wrote because I wanted to shine a light on women who go through a lot and suffer from self-love, because until, you begin to love yourself, you don't realize, that the crap you were going through, was only because you allowed it. Since then, I have been writing short stories and have been growing with each one that I write. I love my books and I love the growth that I have experienced in the process. I now love myself and am trying hard everyday to be the best positive woman that I can be. I hope that my readers can see that and want to emulate that as they continue to read my books!
2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, it wasn't until March 2012 that I considered myself a writer and then it wasn't until months afterward that I considered actually claiming the title: Author!
3. What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote the Mother In-Law Guilty of Murder book because I was changing in my own marriage and was tired of the Baby Mama drama and was venting about it to my longtime friend, who listened to me and laughed at my pain. He told me that I've always had a colorful and vivid way of telling stories, that I should write books. I thought he was playing, but when I tested it out, I found it to be therapeutic, to write it down and invent scenes. When I finished, I received good feedback and the author was born at that moment!
4. What books have influenced your life most?
I read Baby Momma by Latonia Kimmons and I loved how relatable it was and how it gave the positive light on the title, unlike mine did. The truth of the matter is we are not all bad.
5. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Honestly, I could not choose, because I have taken so much from various people (with and without their knowledge lol).
6. What book are you reading now?
I am actually not reading anything at this very moment, because, just like I love writing short stories, I love being able to read them as well, so I am never currently reading ANYTHING lol, either I am about to read it or I read it! My life is so jumbled, that I need quickies to be able to feel good about finishing things right now.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, if my children have not drained me and will allow me to. I also love to meet good new people and network and learn from others. I love to laugh more than anything! Comedy is my vacation from the harsh realities.
8. Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Unfortunately my ideas can come from and interaction during a friendly phone conversation, chat, the news or anything that I feel the need to voice my opinion on that is wrong. I am no one important or special, but I just like to say something if I think that it may help someone stop doing wrong and encourage one person to do better, if they read my book and got the message.
9. What new author has grasped your interest?
Raven Skyy is a beast, I often forget that she is considered a "new author!"
10. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Ideally, I always wanted to be the intake at an emergency room (I can be so nosy, smh).
11. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
In my book 7:10, my favorite was the part when Mrs.Sheri responded to the accident scene and showed exemplary strength!
12. Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
It is for married couples, who freely use divorce as the key. The bible says: To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. So, this story talks about what could happen when you do. What can be the response for this biblical sin...
13. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I am writing The Bad Parent now and that is for all women who knows that there is no manual that you read for parenting,but somehow, you can try your best and still be labeled a bad parent. Initially, you will read the book and throw her under the bus, but at the end, you must decide if you still want to stick with that decision.
14. How do you market your book(s)?
I use word of mouth, I try to make catchy ads, I use book trailers with popular music, I try to tweet (@AuthorDWilkins) about it, use facebook (Author Dominique Wilkins), and I'm on other sites and try to get out and pass out literature and promotional materials whenever I am in the drive thru (ppl are always reading my car magnet with my books on it- LOL) I also have a free read on my site, for ppl to give me a chance... www.AuthorDWilkinsGOODbooks.com
15. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Most importantly, if you want to be happy and you want to stay relevant you must write about what YOU are passionate about. EVEN if it does not seem to be "the style" right now. But as long as you are passionate about a subject, it shows and people who share your interest will gravitate toward you and you will find "your" success! AND pray on it too!!!
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