What am I working on/writing?
I’m excited about my new project. It’s called Daytrip set in 1845 Maryland. A young woman begins her journey of a free life only to find herself married and feeling more enslaved than she did on the plantation she fled from.
How does my writing/work differ from others in its genre?
When I read my stories I try not to compare my work to anyone else's. Early on library reviewers compared my first book, Nappily Ever After to Toni Morrison's writing. This made me nervous because the bar was set so high.
I went back and read The Bluest Eye and thought, I wish I could write like Toni Morrison. I saw the similarities they were talking about. As breezy as my covers are, they’re not quick reads. Heavy emotional undercurrents make you stop, think, and feel for a minute. My character Venus has a lot of pain in her life she has to deal with before she can move foreword.
Why do I write what I do?
I have been writing since I was six years old. I believe there are natural storytellers but I also believe everyone has a story to tell. Overall, it’s about the determination to sit down for hours at a time and put the pen to paper, or keyboard to WordDoc. No one can write it for you, at least not in the beginning. So it has to come from a place where you live, what you’re passionate about saying. For me, my message has always been about self-worth and value, and the journey it takes to get there.
How does my writing process work?
Waiting for inspiration; I’ve done that before and went a year without writing. I have a simple solution to start my day. I turn the tables on myself and ask the question, “what would you do if someone told you; you couldn’t write anymore?” My answer becomes action. The rebellious streak in me kicks into high gear. I will write. I will tell my stories. No one will stop me.
This was great! Thank you, Renee Swindle for always being so supportive of other authors. It takes a village. I’m passing the torch onto Trice Hickman.
I met Trice before she became the wonderful published and successful novelist she is today, and she's still the same sweet, lovable, and kind person. I enjoy her stories. Keep them coming, Trice!