Tell us a little bit about yourself, your books and any new projects you are working on.

1. When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I always loved writing from my youth. When I was deciding on a degree I wanted to obtain and a career I wanted to pursue, it would be a teacher or an engineer. I decided on engineering because the initial salaries were so much higher. I wrote my first formal poem for my high school graduation. I was the valedictorian and had to give the farewell speech. My first poem was about saying farewell and I included it in first book of poems.

2. How long have you been writing? How many books have you written?

I’ve been writing poems since I was in high school. I continued to write poems in college. My first book of poems was a collection of poems that I’ve written since I was in high school. My writing was dormant for significant periods of time. My first book published in 2022 consisted of 63 poems written from high school until 2022.  My second book of poems consists of 71 poems and will be published in September 2023. I wrote these additional 71 poems from the time my first book was published until I submitted the manuscript for my second book. I’ve already written an additional 22 poems that will be part of my third book.

3. What made you want to self-publish?

Discussing with some of my colleagues the process they used to publish their books.

4. Would you recommend new authors self-publish, and would you recommend Gatekeeper Press?

I would recommend self-publishing and I would recommend Gatekeeper Press. I’ve been pleased with Gatekeeper Press’ support.

5. What do you do marketing-wise to help announce and sell your books?

I need to improve on my marketing, especially on social media and other outlets. I’ve used social groups and media that I have access to. I’ve also used my church and university, and other networks that I’m part of.

6. What advice do you have for a new or fledgling author?

Pursue your dream and don’t give up. Seek help and support from credible sources. Ensure the sources you use for help can provide references.

7. What social media platforms are you on?

LinkedIn, Facebook

8. What is the one piece of advice you wish you had known when you first started out?

Seek credible advice on how to pursue your dream, keep at it and look for ways to improve and expand your network

9. What do you feel is the biggest challenge authors are facing going into 2024 (and beyond)?

Affordability of the publishing process. A successful marketing strategy and sticking with the process until your book is published, building a support network.

10. Have you won any awards or contests that you would like to mention?

I have not won any awards but was recently recognized in my Alma Mater Alumni Times. My book and poems have been featured a number of times in my church’s newsletter.