Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm from Alexandria, La, but I've lived in Lafayette, La. I’m a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I'm the author of the book "The Harlem Renaissance Time Traveler's Diary", which is my first published book. I enjoy writing poetry and songs as well as stories. I like reading historical fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, and christian fiction and inspirational books.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is called The Harlem Renaissance Time Traveler’s Diary. The main character of my book, West Barrington, a musician from 1926 Harlem, awakes in 2016 Harlem after falling asleep on the eve of 1927. During his journey in the future he discovers the reason behind his time travel.
I was always drawn to this period of time because it was such an important time for African Americans. There were a lot of talented writers and musicians during The Harlem Renaissance. In addition to being a writer I also love music and the love of music also caused me to be curious about this period of time. I feel blessed to be able to write as well as have a fiction book published that is based on the Harlem Renaissance.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I get inspired about things that interest me and what I’m passionate about. I don’t have any unusual writing habits. If something interest or excites me I just pick up a pen and paper and start writing. But I will say that sometimes you have to picture something in order to create it. Writing a book can sometimes be like making a movie.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I feel like there are so many talented writers. I’m definitely influenced by the great authors and writers who were writing before I even started.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently in the beginning process of writing another book. I also like to write poetry and songs as well as stories.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I think that the social media sites are good, for example twitter and facebook. Pinterest is a good site as well. Also sites such as goodreads can be helpful. Any kind of marketing helps.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice for anyone that loves to write or is passionate about anything is to go after it, follow your dream. When you love what you do you don’t mind putting in the hard, extra work. Believe in yourself, what you do, and have faith. It may not happen overnight, but just keep on believing. It also helps to write about what interests you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Believe in yourself. Follow your dreams and have faith.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading The Miracle Landing by Larry Welch and I just finished reading a book called Time’s Anchor by Lynda Engler.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I definitely plan on writing another book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
There's so many great books it's hard to say which book is my favorite of all time. I always liked mystery books such as Sherlock Holmes. I like to read historical fiction, literature, science fiction and I like to read christian fiction stories and inspiration books by T.D Jakes and Joel Osteen.
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