Where are you from?
I am born and raised in Mississippi
Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is that I am a 2018 Finalist for Author of the Year for International Women’s Award for Divas of Colour in London, UK.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing at the age of 12 and then at the age of 14 it started to be poetry. I started writing to help understand thought perceptions and challenges this world. For me it was my therapeutic escape for the things going on and also a place to releases my feelings.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first consider myself to be a writer, at 14 when I started to write poems that provided insight for the readers.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Well, I write about themes Love, Spirituality, Relationships, and Life Lessons. My first book was called Expressions of the Mind, Body, & Soul which encompasses all those thing that make a lasting impressions of people holistically.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I love writing free verses, don’t get me wrong. I used to rhyme back in the day when I started writing, however I love to let my thoughts flow.
How did you come up with the title?
So I am so excited, because I didn’t think I had it in me to write a children’s book, and a business colleague of mine said that I should because, I would always taught about things I would share with my children. So one day I was inspire to help children build the resilience skills to make friends and Larry the Alligator: Makes friends was born.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, I want the children’s and the readers to develop the resiliency skills needed, such as perseverance, assertiveness and when choosing friend look for those who have similarities.
How much of the book is realistic?
All of the book, because if you take a look in the society now, we find children who attempt to make friends and left feeling rejected. If we teach them what to do in those times, how to be confident, and promote positive interactions we will better equip them for life.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I know why the cage bird sings By Maya Angelou
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Dr. Maya Angelou would be my mentor and has been since I met her in 9th grade.
What book are you reading now?
I am reading All Access by Omar Tyree
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Christy Sanderson is a spiritual and motivational writer.
What are your current projects?
I am working on the second Edition of Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I would have to say DJ. Gatsby you have been a major support to my books and my brand.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I see myself continuing to write and making a difference with my books. #impactinglives
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would put the pictures on a page by themselves. To give the readers a chance to enjoy the beautiful illustrations.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes, when I was younger I felt misunderstood and I began to journaling and as I did I had an encounter with God and told me as her healed me, my words would help to heal others.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
At some point, I want to write a novel. So I would like to write full length books.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Nikki Giovanni I love her authenticity and richness in her poetry books.
Do you travel much promoting your book(s)?
Yes, I believe that you have to stay visible, and I always love to be amongst the readers.
Who designed the covers?
Most of my covers in the past were done by Black Encryptions, Kenny Black
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I don’t think it is the hardest part, but it is to become vulnerable with the writing.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes, I learned that it ok to know that everyone is not your friend, so make sure you find the ones that are.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes to always follow your dreams and to research and implement
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
That if you need help overcoming obstacles and adversities, then look me up I have books to empower you to keep moving forward.
Jeff “DJ Gatsby” Wilson