Q: What is the working title of your book?
A: You have what it takes.
Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: When I launched http://nailahcarter.com I received so many accolades for my thoughts, words and voice. People thanked me just for being me. Something about helping others moved me and I found myself trying to find more ways to do so. I thought about all the advice I had given others over the years and the struggles I encountered which caused me to be who I am today.
My readers look at me and see the results of an ongoing battle: seeing my worth, and, loving and cherishing myself. Though blinded to my strengths; I never gave up on finding my path.
As I pondered on how I could help others, I realized my true passion. Through my words I show my readers my humility and honesty so candidly that is true to the real, me. I used my experiences to help them accept their weaknesses as they embrace their strengths. This book is my effort to not only help aspiring Writers like myself but to help women and/or young girls who may be seeking direction to becoming who the desire to be.
I merely scratched the surface with the first draft of this book; however, by the final draft I knew that I hit home. Once my readers turn the pages of this book, they will learn more about themselves through my reflections. When you write from the heart, the purpose is transparent on the page. My goal was to uplift and empower but most importantly to show women/young girls that no matter what turmoil you face; you have what it takes to get where you’re trying to go.
Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: This is a self-help/motivational book.
Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: Well, even though this book isn’t a novel; it tells a story…my story. If somehow a producer were to create this book in movie format and still leave viewers with thought provoking and reflecting questions, I’d have to say that I’d want Tracee Ellis Ross to be considered for the role. I think that she has the skill to portray me. I also think she’s gorgeous with that thick, curly, funky hair with big beautiful eyes.
Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: This book will inspire women to set and achieve goals beyond expectations.
Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: I self-published this book.
Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: Hmm…let me think. It took me about 2-3 months to write this book. When I worked on my drafts, I found myself rewriting and elaborating and digging deeper and deeper until about 4 months.
Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: I’d compare this book’s purpose to “Emotional Intelligence” by Travis Bradberry.
Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A: My life, my siblings, my children, my friends then my readers inspired me to venture in this project. It was therapeutic!
Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: I think it means everything to an individual to believe in him/herself. Hustlers have an interesting motto that I firmly believe in: “Go hard or go home!” If you aspire to be someone or aspire to achieve something, then follow my steps!
If you’re a Writer like me (for instance), you must understand that readers sense when you’re not being ‘real’. When I write, I’m honest and true to my voice, my stories and my characters but most importantly; I’m true to my readers. When you pick up something that I’ve written, whether it’s a novel, screenplay short story, poem; I can guarantee you that it will change your life. My goal is to help you and I do so by being …me by discussing things others fail to.
Whatever you aspire to be…I pray that you stick it out and see it to the
Wow, I enjoyed that! So for next week’s Blog Hop please check out what the following Writers have to offer:
Maria A. Karamitsos