Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Jamesina Greene Author of A Mother's Cry
My name is Jamesina Greene. I'm named after my father, James (smile.) I was raised in a very strict Christian home and often writing was my only was to express myself.
LaToya: What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Jamesina: My ambitions for my writing is not so much to make it my whole career. I know that writing plays an intricate part in what I do, but I believe that speaking engagements and personal interaction with others is just as important as my writing.
LaToya: Which writers inspire you?
Jamesina: I am inspired by a variety of Writers. I have loved to read books since I learned the power of the written word. I just finished a book about a Russian mother who lived most of her adult life without her family knowing her true identity. That book touched my soul. Diversity in writing is what inspires me.
LaToya: What are you working on at the minute?
Jamesina: Currently, I am working on three Literary projects. I am writing my first Children's Book; my first Novel and my first Daily Devotional Book.
LaToya: What genre are your books and why?
Jamesina: The books that I have published at this time are Non-Fiction. I used these to give readers brief insights into my heart and spirit.
LaToya: In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your writing?
Jamesina: In 10 words or less, the quote that describes me and. my writing is: "Live it. Feel it. Write it."
LaToya: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Jamesina: As none of my currently published are Fiction, I can't picture an Actress in them. However, the Novel that I'm working on, I can envision Debbi Morgan as my main character.
LaToya: When did you decide to become a writer?
Jamesina: I don't know if there is a distinct time when I decided to become a Writer. As far back as I can remember, I have written. I've written songs, plays, manuals and books. Writing is what I do most days.
LaToya: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Jamesina: Due to medical complications, I am currently writing part-time. As much as I feel up to, I'm always writing something.
LaToya: Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Jamesina: As far as a writing routine, I don't really have one. I generally write as I am inspired to do so. When an idea comes to me, I begin an Outline and proceed from there.
LaToya: Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Jamesina: No, I don't aim for a daily word count. I write until I do not feel like writing anymore that day.
LaToya: Where do your ideas come from?
Jamesina: The ideas for my books come from my life experiences. I also get ideas from observing the experiences of others. I have always been known for studying people and human behavior. That makes for great book material (smile).
LaToya: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Jamesina: I definitely use an Outline when I write. My thoughts jump all over the place if I don't. An Outline helps me to maintain a degree of focus.
LaToya: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Jamesina: I think that I have evolved creatively in that I'm much more open to the reality of life. Earlier in my writing, I felt I needed to limit my writing to what people in my circle would accept from me. I don't feel that way anymore. Some of the story ideas I'm working on, are going to be shockers.
LaToya: What is the hardest thing about writing?
Jamesina: The hardest thing about writing, for me, is staying focused on one story. As I've said before, my brain seems to stay in overload. I even wake up during the night and jot down story ideas. Seriously.
LaToya: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Jamesina: I don't really have an average length of time to write a book. Maybe as I continue with my healing and recovery, that will change.
LaToya: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Jamesina: In five years, I see myself operating my organization, "A Mother's Cry", nationwide; operating my other organization, "Destne Enterprises", through which all of my literary works will be published.
LaToya: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Jamesina: The advice that I would give my younger self is to not allow other people's hatred for you to cause you to hate yourself.
LaToya: Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Jamesina: The famous person that I would like to meet, is Debbi Morgan. My ninth grade Math teacher used to tell me that I looked like her and that made me feel pretty. After reading her Memoir, I would absolutely love to meet her. I feel a spiritual connection with her.
LaToya: If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Jamesina: If I could have been the original Author of a book, it would have been, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", by Maya Angelou. I relate to many of the experiences shared in that book and even, for a period of time, I wouldn't speak because I felt my voice was unimportant and useless.
LaToya: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Jamesina: The main piece of advice I could give to aspiring Writers, is to maintain their individuality in their writing. Learn from others, but always show the uniqueness of you.
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Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.