So the hair… it’s big. I mean really big.
– Thanks so much for noticing.
Do people ask to touch it?
– All the time.
Do you let them?
– Only if we’re related.
Can I touch it?
– Are we related?
Come on. Where’s your sense of southern hospitality and all that stuff?
– I’m a Creole-Nigerian Georgia girl. You never touch a southern woman’s hair or invoke the spirit of hospitality.
Fine. You majored in finance/ accounting — a certifiable numbers junkie. How’d you find yourself writing books?
– My love for words, numbers, and balance sheets runs as deep as my love for God, old skool hip-hop, alt-rock ambient chill, and cathead biscuits. I’ve never NOT been a writer. My first “self-published” work was in middle school; a NKOTB (New Kids on the Block) fan-fiction. It was soon joined by other fantastical works featuring East Coast rappers, a few rock musicians I took a particular liking to, and one well coifed goblin king who I’ve loved since I was a child.
Exactly how old are you?
– Old enough to know better, young enough to enjoy it.
Do you have a writing process?
– I do a ton of free writing and note taking before I hit page 1. Once a character gives me glimpses of their world, their daily struggles, and that one thing they’re fighting hell and high water for, I know I’m hooked. I dream-storm/ brainstorm/ wash-dishes-and-clean-the-house-storm in order to get all my pre-note thoughts in order. The initial draft is where everything in my head comes to the page. After that I’m editing, rewriting, editing, and rewriting some more.
– All black errything.
– I have a VAST thought life, My imagination often has me questioning dreams from reality. My favorite authors write in such a way to grab me and hold my attention. In no particular order: Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Jason Reynolds, Laura Ruby, Octavia Butler, Nic Stone, Jeffrey Overstreet (read the Auralia’s Colors series – I need more people to fangirl with), Brandon Sanderson, Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, Angie Thomas, and the queen herself – JK Rowling.