A brief Q&A with the author

Do you ever get writer’s Block?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe in denial, and yes, I sometimes face that when seated at my laptop. I question the relevance of what I am about to put down. I consider the depth and breadth of the topic and whether or not I am genuinely equipped to breach it. Once I convince myself, and get rid of the doubt, I write, and do so quite freely.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Stop thinking about the how. When a writer gets caught up on delivery before anything has been delivered it can be a tremendous blow to their self-confidence. Spit it out, sloppy and raw. The beauty of creating is that there must first be lump of clay before it can take any shape.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
I did not intend for The Remedy to be part of a series, but I am getting so many questions about the sequel that I have begun contemplating it. I’ll leave the rest for its release, should that day ever come.

What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
I think book series can be exceptional if the writer possesses the scope and vision to develop characters as well as plot in the most effective and engaging manner. There is nothing worse than falling out of love with your favorite story because of a poorly executed sequel.

Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
My book was edited by two individuals. Rosalinde Black, who is a children’s author, artists, musician and friend. The other editor is Darnell Lamont Walker. He is an independent author and publisher whom I met my third year of college.

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
A green marble pestle and mortar grace the cover of The Remedy. After having several sketches done and toying with the idea of sewers and flames and streetlights to symbolize redemption, I revisited a conversation I had with Rosalinde, one of my editors.
The original title was one that was, put mildly, politically incorrect and she believed I needed to rethink it. For years, the words ‘the remedy’ had floated around in my head. I thought maybe it was to become the title of my first music album, or perhaps my new stage name as a spoken word artist because I do sing and write poetry. Then, almost as if the sky parted, I saw a pestle and mortar and those words came to mind.

This book is about healing, and that’s exactly what remedies are designed to do. Whether mixed by a naturopath or a pharmacist, remedies are made in mortars and ground with the pestle. I knew that was it, so I took I cleared one of the marble end tables in my living room, put my own mortar and pestle on it and snapped the photo. I sent it with a description, to my formatter. He combined that, with the bright red, fiery idea on the back cover to complete the look.

Who designed your book cover/s?
I designed the cover for The Remedy.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
The cover plays a very critical role in the buying process. It is the first thing the buyer sees and it creates the first impression.

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