When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was inspired to write my first book, Joseph’s Journey. But back then (2010), it was a story in my heart that needed to be shared to help myself, my son and most of all, other people. In 2009, I found myself a single mother, which was something I thought I would NEVER be because I was raised by happily married parents. I was angry, disgusted…you name it. When my son started asking where his dad was, I knew I had to find the best words to tell him and not “ruin” him emotionally because I was disgusted with his dad (at the time). So I chose not to say anything until I did some research and healing. I wanted to find out what other single mothers did that raised “successful” sons. One person’s story I looked into was Barack Obama because despite what mine or anybody’s personal politics are, his mother must’ve done something “right.” We all know he was mostly raised by a single mother and his grandparents. After reading his book, Dreams from My Father, I realized that President Obama’s mother ALWAYS said good things about his father, despite the fact that he was absent. She never bad-mouthed him, ever. So I decided that I would have to do that too. Also, I read a life-changing book, The Complete Single Mother: Reassuring Answers to Your Most Challenging Concerns, written by Dr. Leah Klungness & Andrea Engber. Reading this book allowed me to more fully accept my new status as a single mother and how to successfully navigate an array of situations many single mothers find themselves in. I can’t say enough good things about this book as a helpful resource! I also read books by Lisa Nichols (who was also a single mother, her story is amazing), Marianne Williamson and Louise Hay. After going through books by these various authors, I felt ready to explain to my son, Joseph, his absentee father. That’s when I officially started writing. I cried when I was done because the whole process was cathartic.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer when my eBook went “live” in the Amazon Kindle Bookstore December 24, 2015! I had a mentor tell me “Just press publish. Just do it! Even though it scares you!” So I did, and it felt great. At that moment, I “became” a writer in my mind.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I love to learn and read non-fiction. In a large part, it’s what I read. I also homeschool my son so it’s a natural transition for me to write a non-fictional children’s book.
Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured to accommodate your writing?
My special time to write is when I’m inspired and only when I’m inspired. I don’t put pressure on myself. When I’m inspired, I MAKE the time to write that day. I fit it in because the words need to come out.
How do you feel about indie/alternative vs. conventional publishing?
This is a BIG one for me. I totally believe in indie publishing because, without it, my story wouldn’t have been told. I’ve already received plenty of feedback and gratitude for even sharing it because it’s helping many children cope with the feelings of having an absentee father. If I were to try to go the conventional route, who knows. I really don’t care either. Conventional publishing is not for everyone. I know it has a place in the publishing world and I am grateful that it is there or else many books that I have read in the past, I wouldn’t have read so I am grateful, don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying, for myself, in particular, being able to self-publish with hardly any money and a dream is a gift that I am grateful I was able to receive!
What is your next project?
My next project is just around the corner. It will involve social and emotional learning for young children such as “empathy” and “gratitude.” Which would be beneficial if children learned these concepts, right?
What one person from history would you like to meet and why?
Queen Nefertiti. I would love to be able to come face to face with Egyptian Royalty.
Tell us something unique about you.
I performed stand-up comedy in front of a live audience in Tracy, CA back in September 2014. It was scary and awesome at the same time! Again, writing is a deeply personal, creative and cathartic experience for me. Performing jokes I had written about being a single mother was truly gratifying. It touched people and made them laugh too.
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