Meet D'Artanya Tisdale "Spades"

You will not want to miss this interview with the author of "Spades" she had the brilliant idea of taking a frequently played card game and making it a metaphor for life. I hope you are as excited as I am about reading this book. Read more to learn about the women behind the masterpiece.

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I was raised between Baltimore and Jersey City, NJ. When I was younger I really enjoyed reading. I don’t know where my love for words came from but I legit loved words. I was in 5th grade when a teacher warned me that if I got in trouble again, I’d have to write the dictionary from beginning to end. I pulled her to the side later that day to ask if I could do it anyway.  2. When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always been told I have a way with words. I could say the sweetest thing to warm your heart or I could say the meanest thing to hurt your heart (still can btw :) ). In high school, I started taking my writing seriously. I was in a creative writing course. I wrote something I thought was light work and my creative writing teacher told me it was more than light. 

3. Do you write for a living or do you have another career?

I feel like with this next release, I will be writing for a living. I currently have an entire room in my house dedicated just to writing. That’s all I want to do.

4. Who is your favorite author and why?

An Urban fiction writer by the name of Desiree. She creates these dynamic characters. The way she sets the scene is dope. Her descriptions so vivid you feel like you’re in the room. 

5. What inspires you?

A better question would be, what doesn’t inspire me. I’m inspired by everything, the good, the bad, and the dull.

6. What does your typical day look like as an author?

On a writing day, it’s my easiest days. Tv, music, or social media interrupting me until that light bulb goes off, putting me in my zone. Not many things feel as good as being in a writer’s zone. But yeah, there’s a lot of research, snacks, and the clicking of the keyboard. I look up at see I’ve been in the same spot for hours just writing.

7. What is the name of your book? What is it about? What inspired you to write it?

"Spades." I took the rules of spades like “don’t bag out”, “don’t cut over your partner”, and applied it to real life and made a story. Spades used to be a big part of my life. Like, we held tournaments in front of my house. It was an everyday game I played in my late teens. I was the “get mad, curse everybody out, and quit spades player. Now, I may say a little but I don’t care about the outcome as much, it’s just for fun whenever I do play. “It’s more than just a game” kept popping in my head, then characters came, and I just started writing it all down. "Spades" is scheduled to be released in November 2020. 

8. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring writers?

Just start writing. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense, it doesn’t matter if it’s misspelled, just write and work the details out after.  

If you’re unsure if you’re a writer, here’s how I knew. I would figure out the entire movie ten minutes in, writing felt like a release of stress, a safe place to vent and imagine.

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