Author Interview

1. Tell us about yourself, your background, and/or your credentials and degrees.

I’m a teenaged, published author from an itty-bitty town in Tennessee. I am currently studying Electronic Media Production at Harding University with a minor in Film. In my free time, I love to write stories with dynamic characters dealing with crazy tasks. I always tend to lean towards controversial topics and things that make a statement. I know it can get me into trouble, but I can handle it!

2. Tell us about the process of writing and publishing a novel. What inspired you?

The process was full of long nights! My novel that just came out was written mostly at night. It was my first year at college and six hours from home. I was trying to balance a social life, grades, and doing what I love: writing. It was actually super fun, and I’m a little proud of myself! Publishing came with Amazon and Createspace’s wonderful programs. They’re great!

3. Tell us a little about your first and latest book.
My first book… oh boy. It’s called The Vista and now has a whole new world around it. My latest novel is a branch off of that book. I was only 16 when I wrote The Vista. I did it for fun and had no intention of anyone ever reading it. And now it has turned into my platform. I’ve been in newspapers, magazines, television programs, and blogs doing all kinds of interviews. It’s kinda scary to think about! I was super shy and was scared to let anyone read my work. I feel like a character from a book!

My latest book is The Sleeper Cells. I am obsessed with it. And if you follow me on social media, you’ll see my obsession in full swing. I didn’t have any idea what I was doing with the first one, and now with this book… it’s like a huge transition. It doesn’t even look like it came from the same person. My new novel is something I have worked very hard on. I spent the last 10 months on this project. I am so excited to finally hand it over to the readers!

It’s about a group of terrorists that go through with a plan to take over a portion of a country. It follows Vincent Easley and his friends as they try to survive this horrible “sleeper cell”. But it’s more than that. Vince is with his girlfriend (that he has fallen out of love with), his uncle, and a few other friends. They have to find a way to work together. If you love Red Dawn or The Walking Dead (just replace the zombies with terrorists), you’ll love this book!

4. What insight would you give to aspiring writers who are interested in publishing?

I would say to do 3 things.
• OBSESS OVER IT! You need to completely change your life. Decide to follow this! It’s time to start really believing in yourself. For me, I had to start researching and finding great writing resources. For example, blogs about writing, other author interviews, ect. I started following all kinds of bookish accounts on social media. I was obsessed with the book community!
• REACH OUT! It’s important to connect to other writers, authors, and readers. This is something I am still working on. It’s technically called networking, but I want to build real relationships and bonds with these people. They’re people like you and me!
• DO NOT GIVE UP! “A professional is an amateur that didn’t quit.” There have been times where I thought I would lose my talent. If it’s writer’s block or no one showing interest in your work, it can be easy to quit. But, PLEASE, don’t quit!

5. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Thank you so much for this opportunity. It’s people like you that keep the dreams alive.

Interview conducted by award-winning author Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva


Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.

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