1. What is your earliest memory of writing? When did you know you were a “writer?” 
    1. My first memory of writing is when my Dad taught me how to write my name, address and phone number before I started kindergarten. Seeing the spelling of my name for the first time really intrigued me. I developed a lifelong interest in the way words sound and how they are spelled. In 4th fourth grade, I entered a poetry contest called “Eye Spy” and I won first place. When people enjoyed my work, I began to think maybe I am a writer. 
  2. What do you think makes a good story and what kinds of stories are you drawn to?
    1. Unexpected endings that are similar to real life. I am drawn to descriptive stores that build up to the ending and make you think about all the events that led to the ending and make you say wow. 
  3. What are some of your favorite books? Movies?
    1. Some of my favorite films are Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Cinema Paradiso and BoyzNTheHood. Some of my favorite books are, One Day It Will All Make Sense by Common, Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur, and  Dear Father by J. Ivy 
  4. What inspires you?  
    1. The world around me. When I slow down and get outside of my thoughts and observe the life around me, I find there are stories everywhere. Listening to music, watching movies, reading books and any form of media also sparks my desire to write.
  5. What is your writing process like? 
    1.  I think about something and I try my best to describe it in words. I have to free up my mind and inhibitions of my thoughts to help me be limber in my writing. When I force it, it doesn’t work. I am learning to go with my flow. 
  6. What’s the most surprising thing you have learned from writing?  
    1. That it helps me heal. When no one will listen to me or when I feel there’s no one who truly understands, my journal is the only constant that helps me to feel better. My pen and paper have never betrayed me. 
  7. What is your interesting “writing quirk?”
    1.  It surprises me that I can take a lot of time and thought to write but some of my best work comes out of nowhere when I have an overwhelming urge to write.
  8. How do you juggle writing with everything else you have going on? 
    1.  I write down sentences or thoughts I have throughout the day and elaborate on them later. I use anything to write. Like my notes app, computer, I always carry a journal and at minimum I carry a pen to write on whatever paper I can find. 
  9. What do you like to do for fun? 
    1. I enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking, skiing, and running. I like going on scenic drives and seeing new places. I also enjoy reading books, listening to music and dancing.  
  10. Any advice or tips for anyone struggling with writing? 
    1. Set yourself up to write in your own way and keep going even if it’s hard because if you continue at it, one day you’re going to write something amazing. 

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