I have been one busy little bee! Let me tell you, in between my full-time job in the healthcare industry and my writing that I do at night, I have been stretched thin on both ends! My eyes feel so heavy that it feels like I am blinking bricks. What is a woman to do? Well, what I am not going to do is sit up here and whine about poor little ole me and how busy my life keeps me. What I will do is answer a few questions from readers about my debut novel Poka City Blues. On this post, I will answer five questions and on my next post I will address the other five questions. Are you ready? Let’s go!
1. How did you come up with the character Sedelia? Sedelia is a combination of my mother, both of my grandmothers and myself. I took bits from all of our personalities and developed the character Sedelia, but I must say she is largely based on my mother.
2. You talk a lot about poverty, rape, racism and abuse. Is this something you have experienced? Yes, but I will not disclose at this time which of those unfortunate events I have personally experienced.
3. Sedelia seemed to have a very hard life. Since this story is inspired by true life events, did she (or the woman you modeled her after) really experience all those things? Not all, but most of it.
4. I have never heard of Loachapoka Alabama. Is this a real city or did you make that name up? Loachapoka is a real city. I did not make that name up.
5. Why did you write Poka City Blues? To help inspire those who have also experienced rape, poverty, racism and abuse.