It’s my privilege to be a part of this amazing experience. Suzie Car has tagged me for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. The purpose of this promo is to be able to discover new books you may not have heard about or for works that are still in progress. This is week 20 and I am required to answer the following 10 questions then list 5 other authors will do as I’ve done—next Wednesday. Here goes nothing:

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
end!

 
 
Wow, I enjoyed that! So for next week’s Blog Hop please check out what the following Writers have to offer:

Maria A. Karamitsos
Janet King
Shannon MacLeod
David Foyle
Amber Meadows
Handsome Hansel
 
 
So many people ask me this question all of the time. While I believe that I should be doing so much more, other people commend me on being an inspiration and ask the question, how do you do it?

Lately I’ve been depressed and it can possibly result from overexertion. I always try to do more than I should. Never is it my intention to outdo the next individual because I’m solely concerned about being the best me; I am cognizant of the benefits I would like to sow from life. Nothing falls on your lap. If you want to attain something, you have to work at achieving it. I’m never going to say that I didn’t make it as a Professional Writer because I was afraid or too lazy to try. I’m going to continue motivating myself each and every day.

To answer the question everyone has been asking: it’s my children. They make me who I am. If it’s one thing I know I’m good at…it’s being a mom. I want to be someone my kids can look up to. It is essential for them to understand that life can be harsh but you have to roll with the punches, pick yourself up when you fall and fight even if all odds are against you.

My weakness is fear of failing so I overextend myself and it is literally catching up to me. I’m beginning to see how important it is to have time to relax and recuperate. I feel as if I’m living outside of my body. I can’t remember a thing! I’m always ripping and running. At nights, I wake up to nurse and care for my daughter and it seems more systematic than anything. Half of the times I don’t recall what transpired after I went to bed. Subconsciously I knew I woke up to feed her but the memory is vague.

I’m really unsure as to how things get done sometimes. I just know that if I don’t do anything nothing will be accomplished. Life is too short and I want to leave a positive imprint in the hearts of others. I’ve always had to fight and standup for myself. I’m doing this because it’s my destiny. I am clay, broken from the mold of my mother. I am not living by what society conforms as the ‘norm’. I am existing through my words—I am a writer who was chosen to inspire and strengthen others. If after all that I’ve been through, I can smile and keep my head held high; anyone can seek tranquility from within.


 
 
Hey guys,

Since you all do such a great job to support every last one of my endeavors, I figure I’d reward this faithfulness by offering a free (Kindle) copy my first self-help book, You Have What it Takes.

My book is geared towards helping aspiring artists become what they long to be despite all odds. It covers marketing and networking tips in addition to thought provoking questions that gets your wheels spinning and inspires you to do much more than just think of your dream.

Feel free to forward this link to friends, fellow writers, singers, models, painters, young adults and/or teens that you think will benefit from such vital information. All I ask is that you leave a comment on Amazon about my book. I hope you guys enjoy!

Click HERE for your free copy! My readers have brought it to my attention that there's some technical difficulties downloading the free copy so please try again  Please keep in mind that you need to download the book ASAP; the book promotion ends 6/19/2012. Thank you again for the support.

Nai’lah