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