1.) Tell us about yourself. What inspired you to start writing?
I began to write Out of the Ashes (A Wounded Daughters Diary) as a letter to an outreach that targeted exotic dancers and people in the sex trafficking industry. As I began to write my story, I couldn't stop. It went on until I told my whole story up until that point. If I wouldn’t have stated that this is based on a true story, many people would have thought it was a fictional rag to riches story.
2.) Ashes seems like a deeply personal story. What made you want to share it with the world?
People should know that no matter where they are at in their life that the path they’re on is never set. Strength lies in the power of tying and taking a chance. The brave person is the one that does not settle for what life has given them but goes after something better.
I know what it’s like to be homeless and have nothing to hope for. I want those that feel the same way I did to know that there are hope and good things waiting for them.
3.) What advice can you give to someone who wants to be a writer, or write a book?
Just to start writing. Don’t worry about trying to correct anything you for a while. Just write. Spend at least 30 minutes a day writing whatever comes into your head. Maybe, carry a recorder around with you so when you have an idea you can speak it into the recorder, then you can write about it later.
4.) Tell us about your writing routine... Do you write every day? Do you journal? Have you taken classes? What do you do to get past writer's block?
I have had a writer’s block trying to get past my dissertation for my PH.D. It’s something I don’t want to do, but it has to get done. So, I will go for days and weeks and not write. I have all these other ideas of things I could be writing but I just make notes about it because I know I need to finish my dissertation before I get caught up in anything else.
5.) Where can we learn more about you? Do you have any other work published?
Well if you go to the parentingconnections.net you will see some of the work we do in the community as funds allow. I have also written Don’t Date Him (A Guide to not Dating the Wrong Man). My newsiest book God’s Plan for Black America is due to release August 1, 2018.