Blog in the Round: Celebrating Authors!

Literary event organizer extraordinaire and published author Raquel Penzo has asked me to participate in Blog in the Round. What is that you ask? It’s a way for you and me to get to know authors and find out what they are working on. Raquel was asked by Nina Foxx, who was asked by her friend and author Melissa Monteilh, who was asked by KL Brady, who was asked by Trice Hickman. I’m supposed to answer four questions about my writing process, and then pass it on to other authors.

What am I writing/working on?
The biggest project for me this year has been producing content for my blog and attending more literary events. I am slowing getting on a bi-monthly poetry schedule to enter contests and have published. Kind of like that anthology business I was in earlier this year! ;)

How does my writing/work differ from others in its genre?
Well first of what is my genre? I would put my site in the creative non-fiction category because it's all me with some research and essence of Zora. A lot of people want to write about and to millinials -what we're thinking, what we're buying,  and where we're moving to. However, very rarely is the spotlight put on us to tell our own stories. Along with being a young Black woman having the nerve to write, I also tackle feminist issues from a hybrid perspective of traditional Southern and "Big City."

Why do I write what I do?
I have always had a passionate curiosity about the world. When I realized that this was something I shared with the brilliant and wordly author Zora Neal Hurston, it changed my concept of what writing was and the power it held. Writing did not have to be stuffy,  or go in perfect chronological order. Writing can be real, it can breathe, and it can bring people together. My hope is that I bring people together, that they read what I write from my collective experiences and know someone else felt it, and it's OK. I write to start conversations because the world shrinks everytime two people talk.

How does my writing process work?
My process often starts with personal reflection. I think about my day, my week, my month, and then move out. The biggest secret about being unique is that no one is. Somewhere, on some farm, some guy thinks he's the first person ever to fall in love with a donkey. Then at some point that guy gets slapped with a sad nope. What is unusual though is the bravey and courage it takes to be vulnerable and sometimes state the unpopular opinion. In putting my stories to paper, I don't imagine the most ridiculous story I can tell, but rather what was significant about something as simple as getting dressed and going to work. I often scribble my ideas or themes out on post-its or my tablet then flesh them out starting with the end; meaning I try to narrow down what the take-away should be before I finish filling it the Who/What and all that jazz. Oh, then lots of editing. I try to step away, come back, then edit some more. There isn't really a routine to this, for better and for worse.

Who’s next? I will be passing the torch to Fifi Buchanan. Visit her blog today!


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