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A Mother’s Dream By: Kalilah Wright

Tonight on Literary Links I will be interviewing Kalilah Wright; author of A Mother’s Dream.

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write A Mother’s Dream?

Kalilah Wright: I was holding my son and all I could think of was all the dreams I had for him while he was inside my stomach. I was and still am so eager to see who he will become.

NefretitiM: What does your family think of your writing?

Kalilah Wright: My family is really excited that I went forth with publishing my work. I’ve written many things in the past, but never took it this far. My family is very excited and proud to see me accomplishing my dreams.

NefretitiM: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? Kalilah Wright: I’ve always wanted to be an author and designer. I am a creative being by nature and writing is an art I have always been in love with and explored throughout my career. NefretitiM: What was one of the most surprising things that you learned in creating A Mother’s Dream?

Kalilah Wright: I thought the process of self publishing would be easier, but at times it became very difficult. My book is a children’s story and the book is very short. I had a hard time finding ways to print my book in the United States for a reasonable price. I ended up outsourcing hard cover copies to be printed overseas. As well as figuring out the various channels to carry my book has been a task as well. From ISBN numbers, to registering my book through the copyright process; it has not been easy. It became a bit disgracing and tedious at times, but thankfully I prevailed.

NefretitiM: Well congratulations. It really is a blessing to achieve what you set out to. What is the writing process like for you?

Kalilah Wright: I get ideas and inspiration all over; in the bathroom while I’m brushing my son’s teeth, to the supermarket picking out the best spaghetti sauce. I try to grab a pen and paper and write down my thoughts as fast as possible so they won’t disappear. I try to put my ideas in my phone to revisit them in the near future. Once I have an idea and flush my thoughts out, I then run my thoughts past friends and editors to then solidify my direction for my piece.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Kalilah Wright: I enjoy designing children’s apparel and furniture for my custom baby furniture company, lilinash llc.

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Kalilah Wright: Just do it. Don’t stop. WRITE and get it out. So many people start and stop and then never start again. Just focus and accomplish your goals. If I can do it, you can too.

Thank You for stopping by Literary Links Kalilah!  It was a pleasure having you.  Get Your Copy of A Mother’s Dream today! http://amzn.com/B01AZSHN60

Broken For You

Tonight on Literary Links  I will be interviewing Karen Armstrong; author of Broken For You.

Thank You Ms. Armstrong for joining us tonight.

NefretitiM: What inspired you to write Broken For You?

Karen Armstrong: I had gotten to a place in my life where I was hitting a brick wall.  When I began to question this wall I realized that I could not push through it until I turned around and faced my past.  By facing my past it was evident that I needed therapy.  Writing became my therapy and before I knew it Broken For You was born.

NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?

Karen Armstrong: One day I was in a furniture store and I saw a table that they were selling, it was a glass table that was shattered with a clear piece on top of it. Immediately when I saw it I thought someone broke and shattered a table to sell to “YOU”. So many times in life we go through things and wonder what was it all for but then you meet someone who is currently going through something and you find yourself giving that person encouragement or advice it is at that moment you gain clarity that says I was broke and shattered for a time such as this to meet YOU.

NefretitiM: What genre do consider this book to fit into?
Karen Armstrong: It is definitely a non-fiction piece, a memoir.

NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?

Karen Armstrong: Books are fascinating to me they open up a world without you ever leaving where you are. I believe that books are precious and powerful and I always wanted a way to help people, change their world without compromising my own. The people I share my life with my kids, family, friends and even those who don’t particularly care for me influence me because they all have a story that they don’t know how to tell, they don’t want to tell or too afraid to tell so I become their voice.

NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?

Karen Armstrong: My writing process is constant. I am always writing something whenever a thought comes to me or someone says something that interest me I immediately write it down and from that point on I continue writing until I feel the need to no longer write. One day I can write an entire chapter and on others I can only get one sentence out. I try not to force what is not there.

NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Karen Armstrong: Read, Volunteer for worthy causes, Church, Spending quality time with my family, Wine Tasting

NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?

Karen Armstrong: Be honest with yourself and the real reason why you are writing when you do that you will learn to stay in your lane. Be open and willing to listen to criticism and advice but maintain your lane. When we begin to cross over into others lane we begin to loose focus of the reason why we are here in the first place. Nobody can tell your story like you and you can’t tell another story so why try.

NefretitiM: I love it! Thank you for the interview Ms. Karen.  I’ve already purchased my copy and I can’t wait to read it.  Purchase yours today @  http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B018BK1GAS ,  and don’t forget to leave your comments.