Tell us about your journey into becoming a writer?
I started acting on stage at the Paul Robeson Theater in Buffalo, NY, the love of reading scripts and learning my lines gave me the inspiration to start writing. My first novel Living A Double Life stemmed from a dream that I had in 2009, when I woke up I said to myself this would be a great book. Along with Paulette Harris, I wrote my first stage play in March of 2015 called Simply Annette, the story of a single mother's determination to achieve her goals. I pretty much put my journey of my life with its trials and tribulation on stage.
What is the most unique aspect of your writing style and the works you create?
I write like I see it on the big screen. I see all the characters, places and action as it is taking place. I hear everyone's words and I want my readers to see what I see and feel what I feel as I am writing.
What advice for emerging or new writers would you share to help them stand out from the crowd?
The advice that I would give emerging writers is, never give up. Stay focused and ask family or friends for ideas to help you if you find yourself with writer's block. Try to write a chapter a week to keep your novel going. I suggest reading other authors' work to keep you from writing the same thing, you want your work to be different and unpredictable.
What impact do you plan to have in 2022 and beyond?
Not only am I an author, I am a scriptwriter. I have written a feature film for my novel Living A Double Life. I have also written three short films that I plan on getting distributed before the end of 2022. My goal is secure funding for my feature film to start the process of filming by the middle of next year.
How can readers support your efforts?
Readers can support me by going to Amazon.com and purchasing the paperback or kindle version and giving me a review. My hope is that the reviews will help me get noticed and get the funding needed for my film.