Quill’s Edge Author Spotlight:
Welcome to another issue of Quill’s Edge. This week in our Author Spotlight we have Contemporary Urban Author, Kesha Krawleigh!
Kesha is from Birmingham, Alabama. Along with being the birthplace for the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham Alabama is well known for its Food and Art Districts.
By day Kesha is a preschool teacher at a private school. In her free time, she uses her creativity, imagination, and life experiences to create memorable characters. Her book Hot Girls: A Birmingham Drama is her debut novel. And I am sure that it is the first of many fast-paced heart pounding books to come.
Stephanie: Welcome to Quill’s Edge, Kesha!
Kesha: Thanks for having me Stephanie.
Stephanie: Let’s jump right in. When did you discover your gift for writing?
Kesha: I discovered my love for writing in 2015 after reading a captivating series by Author Jade Jones which inspired and motivated me to write a book of my own.
Stephanie: So, tell us about your book Hot Girls: A Birmingham Hood Drama
Kesha: The Lee sisters are your average everyday young females in the hood trying to live their best life and keep their head above water. Their lives take a drastic turn when their mother dies. With little to no family to help out, Stormi the oldest of the three takes on the responsibility as the mother figure and vows to do whatever she has to do to protect and provide for her and her two younger sisters, K.marie and Bee.
When a robbery that was supposed to be a smooth, sweet lick backfires, the sisters find themselves in a world of trouble.
Stephanie: Talk about your page turners! Your book had me hooked from the first page.
Kesha: Thanks Stephanie. My goal with the book was to take the reader on a roller coaster ride and keep them guessing all the way up to the end.
Stephanie: Well you certainly achieved that goal Wow! What a great story!
Stephanie: As a fellow writer, I know all about how Writer’s block can descend on you and make it impossible to write. How do you handle writer’s block?
Kesha: Whenever writer’s block gets to me, I find that if I step away from it (writing) for a while and read a book or watch a movie it helps.
Stephanie: So, what are your tools of the writing trade? Do you prefer using a computer to write your stories or pen and paper?
Kesha: Call me old school, but I prefer paper and a pen. I mean sure, I use Microsoft Word and Google Docs to create my manuscript, but when I am brainstorming, I find that my thought process flows a bit freer when I use paper and a pen.
Stephanie: Agreed. My office is loaded with scraps of paper and notebooks filled with thoughts and ideas for stories. I even carry a small notebook with me wherever I go just in case a story idea comes to mind.
Kesha: Me too! Sometimes if I am out and about and I don’t have my notebook I will scribble something on the back of an envelope or on a napkin.
Stephanie: So, who are your favorite authors at the moment?
Kesha: My favorite Author right now is Sa’id Salaam because his books are very relatable and realistic. I always feel like I am in the story when I read his books.
Stephanie: The same can be said for the way you wrote the book Hot Girls. With each page, I felt like I was in your story watching everything as it happened.
Kesha: Thanks Stephanie
Stephanie: Are there any other authors that have influenced your writing besides Sa’id Salaam?
Kesha: Jade Jones and Blackbyrd have influenced my writing the most.
Stephanie: At Quill’s Edge we like to give our readers a sneak peek at our writers through a few ‘Just for fun’ questions.
Kesha: Okay fire away!
Stephanie: Would you rather have an endless summer or endless winter?
Kesha: I would rather have an endless summer for sure.
Stephanie: If you could build a soundtrack for your book, who would you choose?
Kesha: Oh, I could name a few, but Megan the Stallion definitely would be on the soundtrack for my book.
Stephanie: Do you have any advice for new and aspiring authors out there?
Kesha: One bit of advice I would like to share with aspiring authors is that writing a book and publishing it is not a quick and easy process. It takes time and commitment if you want it (your book) to look nice and professional. There will be things that you don’t know how to do on your own as a new writer. Ask around. Do your research and network with other authors, editors, graphic designers etc.
Stephanie: You are absolutely right Kesha. Writing is a process that takes a lot of time and dedication. There are plenty resources out there for the new and aspiring author including but not limited to: books and websites to Independent Publishing Companies. Some veteran authors take time out of their schedules to mentor new talent and give sound advice on how to avoid scams and rip-offs in the Publishing Industry. There are even ‘Authorpreneurs’ willing to help new writers build a platform and cultivate a fanbase.
Stephanie: Thank you so much for joining us this week Kesha.
Kesha: Thanks for having me.
Stephanie: Be sure to pick up your copy of Kesha Krawleigh’s Hot Girls: A Birmingham Hood Drama!