Being a female, multi-genre, independent, author who sometimes writes about religious themes, there are 5 questions I frequently get asked?
1) What made you decide to be an independent author?
2) Is it difficult to be a female author of speculative fiction?
3) Why don’t you just write Christian Fiction?
4) Is it difficult to break out as an author of color?
5) Why don’t you write books exclusively about black characters?
My answer to all these questions is the same. Whatever else I am, I’m also a geek and I express that in my writing. Yes, I’m a Christian. Yes, I’m black, Yes, I’m a woman. And yes, I’m self-published, making me an independent author. But, I’m also a geek, and as a geek, I can be all of these things and more. As a geek, I have many interests beyond what I am and beyond things that only affect me.
Aside from my childhood dream of running off to Neverland to become a lost boy, it has been the adventures, political statements, and diversity of comic books that have constantly inspired me to be a better writer and more openminded person.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love books and probably read more of them in a year than I do comic books (except for this year when I did a graphic novel read-a-thon in the month of February), but it’s still the world of comic books and graphic novels that make a lasting impression on my desire to create characters and worlds in the face of turmoil, stress, adversity, and so much more.
In this series, I’ll be writing about how comic books and comic book characters have helped shape me as a writer and have helped to inspire me when creating new characters and worlds.