Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I am currently a college student studying Creative Writing and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Anne Arundel Community College. I graduated high school at 16 and now I am 18. I think the thing that inspired me was I always felt like an outsider. I have always sort of retreated into myself and writing helped me keep somewhat sane.
Tell us about your books.
My books are all over the place. I never want the reader to get bored so I feel like surprises are my strong suit. “Suicide Pact” is full of nothing but surprises and I pride myself on that.
How did you go about getting published?
I was going to go the traditional way but I don’t really have any money. I started to research because I wanted my story to be heard and loved. When I found Smashwords, is when I felt hope that I could actually be something more than just a poor girl from Maryland. I was excited and anxious. I still am.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I write everywhere. On paper, on my phone, on my laptop, on napkins if the need presents itself and maybe anywhere else. I’m a habitual writer. Some might even consider it a sickness.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I am currently in school and my coursework is so heavy that I don’t have much time for anything else but sleep. I’m currently unemployed but I’m sure it will change. Right now I’m just worried about making the honors list again, and my book.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Do it yourself but also research. Not everyone has money or the means to get it professionally done but as long as you find images that are free and you like them for your book; go on. Have fun. Get some picture editing and resizing apps and go crazy.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I don’t know. I’m not all that good at marketing. Just believe in yourself and make people aware. Make them want to read.
What’s your favorite book?
The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips. God, I love that book.
What are you reading now?
The High Rise by J.G. Ballard. It’s gonna be great; I can feel it in my bones.
What’s your next book project?
A book about black girls. Something they can read and feel confident about. I want it to be a first of a series that helps women of color feel more confident in their skin. I want them to feel beautiful That’s not to say I don’t want other women to feel comfortable; but I feel like this is especially important to me and my existence.
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