RS: I feel like the stories I write are divine. I don't force them, life events inspire them.
4) Where did you grow up? How did your background help you write these stories?
RS: I grew up in Tappahannock, Virginia. Chris Brown use to ride my school bus and attend my church.
I and other students on the bus would get him to sing "Candy Rain"'by Soul for Real and do Michael Jackson impressions.
RS: My dad was a minister and a police officer. My mother was a nurse. I watched them both graduate from college, which left a lasting impression on me. Even though I spent seven years in special education, I always thought I was smart. It wasn't until I enrolled in community college that it was realized.
RS: My personal experience inspired me to write "Nelson Beats the Odds." I wanted to encourage struggling students to overcome adversity. As a social worker, I work with adolescents who are dealing with trauma, learning disabilities, and mental health disorders.
"I feel like the stories I write are divine. I don't force them, life events inspire them."
5) Do you plan to always tell the same types of stories or do you think you will eventually do other genres and forms?
RS: I will eventually branch out to other genres. I really love dystopian books/movies. I actually started writing the story around the time I was working on "Nelson Beats the Odds."
6) What is the best book you have read in 2017?
RS: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a really good book. It ties in a lot of the themes of my books, Particularly "Rest In Peace RaShawn."
7) What is the best advice you have for overcoming writer's block?
RS: Don't force it, let the story come to you. Writer's block to me is God's way of telling me that I need to keep living before I can perfect the story. It took me two years to publish Rest In Peace RaShawn. I was patient with the process and my patience paid off because I was able to attend events and get content and feedback from young people. I wanted the book to be a voice for this generation of young people.
"Don't force it, let the story come to you. Writer's block to me is God's way of telling me that I need to keep living before I can perfect the story."
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