Meet the women who wrote the novelette about love, loss, and the journey to rediscovery.
Tell us about your background and journey: I grew up an Army brat, lived in Germany for most of my life. Returned back to the USA in 1993; and what a culture shock it was. The diversity that I grew up with, did not exist in this country; and I had to adjust my personality accordingly to be able to survive in this here, United States of America. 2. When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer? I knew in junior high school I was good at writing and storytelling, and I believe it was around age 12, I knew that I wanted to write stories. Not necessarily books at that age, but I knew I had stories to share. 3. Do you write for a living or do you have another career? I write for leisure; however, it would be super to get to the point where my passion can be a full-time job; and I can go work from the beach. But, for now, I am a training specialist/educator on a full-time basis. 4. Who is your favorite author and why? Alice Walker, the writer of “The Color Purple” is my favorite writer because of the insightful way she depicts the African American culture and women. Plus, she was the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction; and she’s from Georgia! 5. What inspires you? My desire to encourage and give hope to people is what inspires me to write. We live in a cold world; and any time I can spread joy with my writing or verbal storytelling, that’s what I do. It doesn’t matter if I make one or one thousand smile, as long as I touch someone in a positive way with my writing, I’ve done what I set out to do. 6. What does your typical day look like as an author? A typical day in my author life is PEOPLE WATCHING… I am an avid people watcher. I observe everything around me; and I make mental notes… it’s how I come up with my characters and storylines. I also keep journals of my observations; and when I’m ready to write another book or come up with a story, I go through my journals and start pulling things together.
7. What is the name of your book? What is it about? What inspired you to write it? My debut book, “A Leap of Faith”, which is now a best-selling book, is a fictional book about a young woman named, “Leilani” who is reeling from the death of her husband who passed away early in their marriage from prostate cancer. The emotional scars from that event have quelled Leilani’s desire to love or be loved. That is until she meets Floyd Hamilton, who has been hired as the new keyboardist for the church. Floyd’s presence has ignited feelings in Leilani that she thought were long dead and buried with her husband. Leilani questions if this man is God sent, or is he trouble on the horizon? Leilani is conflicted over her faith and the flesh.
I wrote “A Leap of Faith” when I was going through marriage issues around 2009. I had put my manuscript on hold from 2010-2019, because I had gone through a divorce and relocation; and I was trying to get my life back to some sort of “normalcy.” The pandemic of 2020 – COVID 19, while working from home, I picked up my manuscript again; and I finished it. Presented it to my publishing company, who loved it; and the rest is history.
8. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring writers? NEVER… ever… ever, stop writing! Whether you have a publishing deal or not…never stop expressing your feelings and sharing your stories. To be blessed to express yourself through writing is a gift from GOD; and it’s something you don’t want to lose… if you don’t use it, you will lose it. So, keep perfecting your craft… the right opportunity will come… trust me, I’m a living witness.
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