2. Tell us your latest news? (My latest news is that I’m currently working on placing the Dark Mantis Talk on local cable networking station – and putting the final touches on “Mycall Book 2” and “Suspicious People”).
3. When and why did you begin writing? (I started out writing poems and short stories at the age of 9. I would give my love poems to guys that I knew and relatives for their girl friends).
4. When did you first consider yourself a writer? (I didn’t consider myself a writer until I actually published my first book in 2004, “Mycall”. It was still hard for me to fathom that I’m actually a writer until people (readers) complimented me on my work).
5. What inspired you to write your first book? (My mother, youngest brother and best friend inspired me. I had several tablets that I kept over 15 years ago where I wrote several stories. My brother and best friend got a hold of one of my written books and said that I should consider publishing it).
6. Do you have a specific writing style? (My writing style is based on people in my circle, people that I’ve met; our dialogue. Most writers are caught up on “extravagant words” and “grammar”. Don’t get me wrong. I do believe in diction and grammar when necessary, but let’s be real; people do not speak and converse the same. Dialogue is not perfect English. We do not talk in essay format).
7. How did you come up with the title? (The title of my latest book, “Tapestry” was named because of the people I’ve met and know – people and the fabric tapestry are similar. Tapestry fabric is formed of various colors, wefts, weaves and looms that are meshed together. People are different; we look different, we possess various personalities, religious preferences and political beliefs, but we should still get along as this fabric tapestry. In my book “Tapestry” it conveys this idea. The characters within this novel are different that vary in ages, but they still get along despite their sexual preferences, religious and political beliefs and or ethnicity).
8. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? (Every novel I’ve written there is a message. There is a message in Tapestry as I mentioned before; no matter how different we are, our age, sexual preferences or religious beliefs we should still respect one another).
9. How much of the book is realistic? (Approximately 85% of “Tapestry is based on realistic people and events).
10. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? (Yes.)
11. What books have most influenced your life most? (“Feng Shui Your Life”, by Jamie Bryant, “Native Son” by Richard Wright, “Why we can’t wait”, by the Late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and “Mencius”).
12. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? (The late Richard Wright).
13. What book are you reading now? (Regulate the Manual and Feng Shui your home – and of course re-reading my books that I’m currently writing).
14. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? (Clarence Allen the author of “Regulate the Manual”).
15. What are your current projects? (My current projects are “Mycall Book 2”, “Suspicious People”, “Inappropriate Lovers”, “Armand the Amazing Butterfly” and of course the reconstruction of the Dark Mantis Talk show”).
16. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. (My readers are that entity other than my family. The comments and encouragement I received from my readers. That’s what really kept me going outside of my feelings, experience, thoughts and family).
17. Do you see writing as a career? (Of course).
18. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? (No).
19. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? (My interest originated when I bought my first two books at the age of 6; “Charlotte’s Web” and “Joseph the Coat with many colors”).
20. Can you share a little of your current work with us? (My current book to be released this summer is the sequel to my first book, “Mycall” (pronounced Michael). In order to understand “Mycall Book 2” I sincerely suggest that you read “Mycall” followed by “Millicent Quinones”. The character Mycall is a very confused woman that readers may consider bipolar. She has a problem with her personal life, but excels in business. She can’t seem to make a choice on whom to love or how to love and there is a difference. There are “Mycalls” living amongst us and people don’t realize this until they actually read the book. She steps out of the frying pan into the skillet. And of course there is a lesson to learn from this character.)
21. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? (Not enough time and not enough funds to market my work).
22. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? (One of my favorites is Carl Weber. I enjoy the stories he conveys in each novel, the characters and how real each characters are and their similarities to actual people).
23. Do you to travel much promoting your book(s)? (Not yet, starting within the next three months).
24. Who designed the covers? (I do).
25. What was the hardest part of writing your book? (The hardest part of writing my book is letting it go and worrying about the errors).
26. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? (I learn something new each time I write. It will take me two paragraphs to explain what it is. You make mistakes, and that’s how you learn as a writer. I’m only human and I’m still in a learning phase).
27. Do you have any advice for other writers? (Stick to your story and don’t let any criticism discourage you. Take the good with the bad and move on. It can hurt you, but don’t let it control and consume you. Writing is a form of art. Take all the advice and information you’re given and work with it).
28. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? (First of all I would like to thank all the readers that have supported my work and if you are not satisfied with my novels email me and tell me what it is that you do not like. I love to hear feedback from my readers; good or bad).