‘If you can not find the book you are looking for, then it up to you to write it.’
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In the beginning…tell me what made you decide to start writing?
When I first started writing with a serious purpose in mind, I was a babysitter/nanny for my nieces and nephews and my younger siblings. They truly enjoyed it when I would read to them before nap and bed time. The stories they enjoyed the most were the fantasy and the sword and sorcery stories. As they became older, I began to search for stories about people that looked like us. People of color are rarely seen in the genre as more than the bad guys, or the comic relief, etc. So, I began to tell them stories that were based on research into African mythology. Now when my niece wants to dress up as a warrior princess for Halloween, she does not have to wear a blond wig, she can wear her natural hair and rock the look.
Are there any authors or artists who influence(d) you?
There have been many greats over the years that I have read and grew inspired from. My first love was romance. Johanna Lindsey. I then moved on to fantasy greats like Tolkien, Gaiman, King, Catherine Asaro and Elizabeth Haydon.
Tell me about your book / series.
The first series is The White Lion. It is a mash up of sword and sorcery, urban fantasy, action, adventure and a bit of romance. I have always been a bit of a genre soup writer. A Seraphim is mourning the creation of humanity and the way that they treat the world and each other. She infuses her tears into the blood of several families. When the children who can utilize the gift of her tears are born at the same time, that is when the battle for humanity and the Earth begins.
“We will show the heavens that there is something left here worth fighting for.”
The main thing is there is a demon that wants to take over the Earth and the humans with the gifts are having a hard time deciding if humanity is even worth saving.
What’s your opinion on the practice of ‘banning’ books?
It really is a foolish attempt at controlling the masses. If you can control what the public reads, you can control what they think. Banning books stagnates the growth of society.
Tell me about a principal character in your books. What makes them memorable?
The principal characters in The White Lion are actually a trio; the High Princes and a High Princess. The High Princess (Tiffany – I know, she is named the same as myself) is relatable to readers because she is not a perfect warrior. She has an autoimmune disorder, she is spoiled and cries a lot, yet when it is time to battle, she comes through. The High Prince Kenneth is beautiful on the outside, yet he has insecurities and is prone to hyper-sexual activities. The other High Prince, Nicklaus, he was a vampire made human by his good deeds, has a past of cruelty that he turns to the benefit of the group.
It’s said that to write well, you need to read a lot. What do you think?
Reading is fundamental to writing. They are flip sides of the same coin. You can better your craft by studying the masters.
Tell me what you feel the worst, and the best, aspects of being an author are, and why.
The best is the ability to reach people that you may never meet. The worst is the lack of sleep.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I love hiding secrets in books. Most, okay, all of my books and series, while stand alone, are connected in some way. Not to mention, the characters in The White Lion are based on actual friends that I have or people that I know. When reading it, there is always a guess of ‘did this actually happen?’
Tell me about one favourite hobby or pastime that isn’t writing or reading.
Tap dancing. I perform in charity shows for children with cancer or women and families in need through Our Art Of Giving.
What are you writing at the moment?
At the moment, I am writing the sequel to Sheherazade’s Princess and a new series called Elemental Bonds. As well as my online free fan-fiction, The Sugar Series.
What is your favourite genre to write, and why?
My niche is Fantasy, whether in blended genres or urban.
Tell me three unique things about you.
I enjoy painting ceramics.
My home is referred to as the Library due to the mountain of books that I have collected.
I am a crazy cat lady.
Tiffany, thank you for participating in Galaxy of Authors!