Friday, August 17, 2012
FEATURED AUTHOR: Jamala
How did you start out your writing career?
I used to make up stories to tell my children and they encouraged me to publish the stories. But, my first book was poetry (had to get my feet wet).
What did you learn while writing this book?
In writing the short story collection, I learned that my imagination is endless. I kept coming up with new plot twists and had to scale things down.
What did you hope to accomplish with this book?
I wanted to make my children proud of me and I want to see my name on a book.
What came first with this story, the characters or the plot?
Why? The characters came first. I took situation that I heard of or experienced and made up a story and that is why the plot came second. I can always come up with a story around a personality.
What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
The love and support from readers. As a reader, I never dreamed that I would experience the same things that I felt, one day.
What aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?
I love developing the outline for a story. I hate distractions when I am writing (phone, door, persons walking into the room and talking).
What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?
1. More about the business of writing
2. How to start my own publishing company
3. How enjoyable the feeling of accomplishment can be
Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?
Do: Write everyday with small attainable goals in mind.
Don’t: Get discouraged and let others “piss on your fire”.
What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?
That writing is a business. Sure, you can do it because that is what you love to do, but selling books, takes hard work and they will not just fly off the shelves just because they are published.
Tell us something few know about you?
I’ve always wanted an older brother.
When you're not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Read, cook, sing (around the house) and most of all play with my grandson.
What do you do to interact with your readers?
Post excerpts from the book and respond to each email or guestbook signing personally. I ask the readers for suggestions and comments because I want to hear what they have to say. It is important to me. I will begin having book signings next month and this will give readers a chance to meet me in person.
Our theme for this month is NON FICTION. What was the last non fiction you read?
I read a book called “What Does the Bible Really Teach?”
Who was the first author you ever met?
Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure?
I know that writing is a part of me and can never be taken away.
Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?
Yes. My next book is a collection of short stories set around the staff and workers of a warehouse. It will be called Warehouse Chronicles.
How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
The new website will be published soon (old website: http://larosathomas.wix.com/larosa-thomas#!
Sometimes we have too much on our minds to sleep. In Sleepless Morning, Adrienne wants this man so bad she can taste it and she knows he wants her, too. She finally gets him, but can she keep him? In Its My Money, Jessica has always been self-sufficient, but did she put her trust in the wrong man? Tasha loved her job and her boss loved her. How will she handle things with him at The Shop?
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