About Author: Cornelia Smith is a Native of Atlanta, Georgia; she was born on October 4, 1989. While growing up she faced many challenges from living in urban poverty, being raised in a single parent household, and being exposed to traumatic events such as watching her mother get shot and suffer a bullet wound. During these tragic events in Cornelia’s life, her mother enforced that she and her oldest sister move to Jackson, Georgia to be raised by her aunt. As years passed, the author relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend Parks Middle School and later graduate from Carver High School. Prior to attending Carver High School, she became a member of the national honor society, Principal’s list and remained in the top ten percent of her class during high school. Upon high school graduation, Cornelia decided to attend Everest College to become a medical assistant. However, the hopes of pursuing a career in nursing changed once she began to realize her ambitions for writing novels. As a result, she chose to pursue a career in writing and in less than two years she has developed ways to express the art of writing. Now Cornelia is on the rise of publishing her first Novel entitled “Forever Sistah’s”. She has persevered continuously and even won song writing contests, has a demo published, and is diligently working towards implementing a book club.
Favorite Quote: Don't tell me the skye is the limit when there is footprints on the moon Favorite Reads: "The child called it", "Rich Dad Poor Dad", "The Coldest Winter"
How did you start out your writing career?
I self published my first book title "Forever Sistah's" just because I wanted to be apart of every step in the process. It is so important to be literate on your craft, plus it made me grind harder. I depended on no one but myself.
What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned to be careful what you ask for.
What did you hope to accomplish with this book?
I'm hoping to accomplish a larger fan base & a bestseller, that's always the goal.
What came first with this story, the characters or the plot?
Why? The plot came first. I was feeling really bored with Atlanta and I just wanted to move but my financial wasn't allowing me to spread my wings like I desired. So my best friend and I was talking about how leaving would be such a release & she said to me "What if we leave & it turns out to be the worst thing ever?" That kind of stuck to me and that's where my plot originated from.
What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
I think the responses from my friends and loves ones is the most surprising since I never told anyone I wanted to be a writer. In fact no one knew until they received the invite to my first book launch celebration dinner.
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