Interview conducted by award-winning Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

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

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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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Author Interview

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

When I was 10, I started singing. I would write my own songs and perform them locally. I always had that creative bone in my body. But somewhere along the way I stopped writing music, and when I was 15, I started babysitting. I have nannied for several different families, and I stayed in the childcare industry up until 2014 when I wrote my first book. Since then, I have published 2 other children’s picture books, and am currently working on a new series. I also started a company called Youngster’s Kids where I publish and sell my books through.

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

The children I used to babysit inspired me to start writing. Just the little things they didn’t like doing; taking their naps, eating their veggies, sharing, etc. I decided to write books that taught the importance of these essential growing skills, while still incorporating creativity and fantasy, making these books really fun to read. I am regularly involved in readings at the local libraries, elementary schools, preschools, even festivals. I am constantly being told by parents how my books have actually made nap time and eating vegetables fun for their kids!

3. Tell us a little about your first and latest book.

The first book of mine officially published was “Nap Time With Harry”, but it actually wasn’t the first book I wrote. My first book was “Little Bear and His Chair”, which I wrote to teach kids to share. The kids I was babysitting at the time had a hard time in that area, so I created a fun short story that rhymed about sharing. I also illustrated this book by myself, which is a big accomplishment considering I have never been amazing at drawing. “Little Bear and His Chair” is now available as a PDF download on my website, but has not been released anywhere else. I have published 2 books since then, and I am currently working on a new series.

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

First, don’t quit your day job. No matter what people think, you don’t get discovered as a writer overnight. It takes months, even years of hard work before people know your name. This is especially true for independent authors who have a harder time proving themselves without the credibility of a publishing house behind them. And second, don’t give up. I know this is such an overused term, but I can’t stress it enough. You will have many sleepless nights, and it’s going to get very stressful sometimes. But you have to believe in what you’re doing, you have to believe that what your writing is going to change people’s lives. Even if you are just writing children’s picture books, such as myself. You’re creating something, and putting it out into the world. That’s pretty amazing.

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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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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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

I was fortunate to grow up in a house where reading, playing outside, and traveling ranked far higher than watching TV. As such I have always harbored a love for reading, with fantasy and science fiction holding the top places in my list of favorite genres. Reading and reenacting such tales as The Hobbit and The Odyssey when I was perhaps four or five inspired me from a young age, and the landscapes of North and South America influenced the fictitious worlds of my imagination. The summer before my senior year of college I finally finished my debut novel, the first in a trilogy and one I had originally conceived and begun when I was fourteen. I first viewed writing as a hobby that might eventually eclipse my day job—a day job related to my sustainability bachelor’s degree—but an unexpected cancer diagnosis in the fall of 2014 changed all that. A year of grueling treatment gave me time to finish my trilogy and to realize that writing was my true passion. I have been pursuing a career as a writer and author full-time since then.

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

I never sit down to brainstorm. Instead, I keep a little notebook and pencil nearby whenever possible. I never know when some conversation or daydream will turn into an idea for a writing project. When I write, I find it impossible not to edit as I go. I know many, many people say to just write and not worry about editing until later, and I see the merits of this, but I continually find myself revisiting sentences from a previous paragraph before going back to where I was. I have, so far, been completely unable to find a way to stop, and as far as I can tell it only helps the editing process go a little quicker; it’s one less change I need to make later. Unless of course, as is too often the case, I change the wording on a subsequent read through. Any way you cut it, editing takes far longer than writing. I chose to self-publish for several reasons. It has become a viable alternative to traditional publishing and continues to lose the stigma it once held. For me, the process of getting an agent and going the traditional route seemed too daunting. I wanted to get my work out there sooner than later. Writing was, at the time I was ready to publish my debut novel, just a hobby for me. I will certainly consider traditional publishing in the future, but for now self-publishing has suited me well and I am very happy to have gone that route with my first trilogy.

3.Tell us a little about your first and latest book.

Since my first and latest books are the first and last in the same trilogy, I will just cover the whole trilogy in this response without giving away too much. I wanted to start with the classic hero narrative and then depart from the conventions of a fantasy in unexpected and thought-provoking ways. So, I have an orphaned boy in a small agrarian town—who lives with his aunt and uncle—on the cusp of adulthood. He wants more than anything to avenge the deaths of his family, and leaves town following an old mentor, gets a new weapon, new name, and proves himself in combat. But before long things start to stray from this familiar path—indeed the very path we and our hero expected to follow. Friends and foes realign, and it becomes increasingly difficult to know who can be trusted.

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

Consider your options. Whether self-publishing or traditional publishing, you cannot afford to rush the process. DO NOT self-publish because it is fast and easy. It is neither. It takes a long, long time to edit and prepare a manuscript for publishing, if you do it properly. Whether you self-publish or publish traditionally, you will have to do a lot of marketing yourself. You can never start marketing too soon, or do too much to make people aware of your work.

5. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’d rather say something profound in an average way than something average in a profound way.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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

I noticed about five years into my teaching career that I wanted to become a children’s author primarily due to the lack of reading amongst most inner city students. It took about six years to write and edit my first novel, Broccoli Chronicles. Since then, it has won two awards – the National Indie Excellence Award and the Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Award. As it relates to my educational background, I have two Master’s degrees – one from Chapman University and the other one from National University. I worked with the award-winning Lynn Hightower through UCLA Extension Writer’s Program where I learned how to hone my craft. I have written over 60 articles on my blog, in which two of them have been published in IBPA’s Independent Magazine.

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

I started writing children’s books sometime around 2007, halfway into my teaching career. At that time, I noticed the decline in graduation rates and the scarce number of children that read. I wanted to create a book series that not only motivated them to read more, but also encourage them to find their voice and true potential in life.

3. Tell us a little about your first and latest book.

My first book, Broccoli Chronicles, follows Myrtle Beckle and her quest to cure cancer through broccoli. It is educational, humorous, and very inspiring. It’s awesome to know that even a ten-year-old girl can actually change the world. My latest book, Little Kids, Big Voices Math Workbook, Grades 1-3 is a workbook that covers arithmetic, fractions, and decimals. It’s a great resource for beginning learners.

Little Kids, Big Voices Math Workbook, Grades 1-3

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

First of all, stay true to yourself, your vision, and your craft. Second, try to create characters that are unforgettable. Next, spend valuable time on marketing and building your platform as an author. Last, have fun!

5. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

The sky is not the limit – reach higher!

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