Author Interview with Verona Willis-Brown

Author Interview with Verona Willis-Brown

interviewed on Feb 16, 2021 Yonkers, New York
Q. How would you describe yourself?
I am a simple Jamaican lady who has an addiction for writing, and reading.
A vessel of The Almighty Creator who seek to make a positive difference in the world by my words or actions.
And building on my parents legacy as I a go along on this journey.
Q. Tell us something about the books that you have written and the story behind them.
I am the published author for two romance novels: Are you free enough and are you free Enough 2. These two books basically address the topic of love, affair, sex, beauty and the reality to it all. Oftentimes we find the topic of sex and affair to be so taboo especially in the church or Christians home, so I took the time to make the topic as plain as possible. The story were written from the side of the "other woman" which often get shun either by society or the wife. Here you will have the married man and her sharing their affair together with the world through my eyes. These are fictional character/stories, however it is relatable from every news platform or from the beginning of time. When you get the opportunity to read book 2 you will see how I draw the conclusion for us women to feel empowered to know we deserve unconditional love and it can be achieved if we only believe. These books will also leave you to question yourself whether you are free enough, Spiritually, financially, emotionally, mentally and physically and give you that opportunity to do a deeper search of self.
Q. What place does writing hold in your life, how has been your writing journey so far?
Writing is my life, my purpose and me. I have been writing as long as I can remember holding a pencil in my hand. You see my parents never advanced in education very far, so they made sure I had that opportunity. Each moment of them teaching me how to hold my pencil or traced a letter was the beginning of them depositing in my me what I would developed over the years. My writing journey so far has been like a therapy session not only for me but for those I would write to even if it is a simple text.
It is a release and total connection to my higher self.
Q. What is your writing process, a typical writing day routine?
I like to be on the outside to bond with nature I get a lot of my inspirations under the leaves, watching the sky and sea move together or watching the birds congregate. A typical day routine for me would be: my music must be on and my writing tools ready because any given moment words could be my substance. I have an addiction for words, so anytime I get a fix I play with it and create a paragraph or a page and of course two books and many more in the making.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I went on the self-published for my second book so now I have to learn all the marketing techniques on social media. I usually spend most of my time on Facebook with my book hoping to create or learn what is the most effective way.
Q. What do you think makes a book sell, or makes a reader buy it?
"Don't judge a book by it's cover" is a common phrase I learnt a while back, however I strongly believe a book cover and title is what makes a book sell or attract readers to buy it. And of course the dedication and marketing skills that are invested in it.
Let your work be known everywhere you go is another way to sell your books.
Q. What's the most moving or affecting thing a reader has said to you?
One of the most moving thing a reader said to me, "thanks for writing my story." That moment I heard those words I knew I did something not for myself but for someone who is afraid to tell their story.
Q. What are your favourite three books, and why?
My three favourite books are simple the books I used for inspiration, education and motivations which are:
1. The Holy Bible, without this book there is nothing a man writes or do is from himself or herself. All inspiration, education and motivation are originally dictated from here.
2. Think Big by Dr. Ben Carson, I like this book because I remember that time when I was thinking smaller than my dreams and the moment I saw this book with a black man on the cover telling me to THINK BIG and then to read his accomplishments as one of the top medical person in the world I adjusted my thoughts in all I wanted to accomplish which included these two books.
3. I know why the caged birds sing, by Dr. Maya Angelou. This book, wow this one opened my eyes to know that situations and circumstances are not my end results
Q. Who are your favourite three authors and what do you like the most about them?
I don't like to put people as favourites; they are just great contributors to the decisions I made.
So, again Maya Angelou is one of those people, the vibration and energy that radiates from this lady every time she opened her mouth always let me feel powerful, bold and beautiful. And Ben Carson taught me that I can accomplished so much as a black woman/person, and to put God first in all my beginnings. Then one of my children's book author is Barbara Jones, this lady let my inner child shine through every time I read her books to my daughter or watched my daughter read those books to herself.
Q. Tell us about the books that you are currently writing and their progress.
I am currently working on book 3 which is a spin off from Are you free enough 2 as well an inspirational book of quotes. Because I will be detouring from my romance genre I am taking my time with these two projects. The funny thing is those who are familiar with me knows that this upcoming work is something I am passionate about, and because I am known for inspirational quotes or works I know this would be a highlight for many.
Q. What challenges do you think are faced by writers, what's the worst thing about the book industry according to you?
First let me say there is a difference between a writer and an author. You see a writer like myself is passionate, have a deep relationship or connection with the pen and paper or computer and breath to write daily or every moment sometimes for free just to get it out. So, from my eyes I watched writers being challenge just to write their story or even come up with a title or they would say something like "I have writer's block."
According to me the worst thing about the book industry is yet to be seen by me.
Q. Apart from writing, what goals do you want to achieve in life?
I am a youth mentor and the founder of a Youth Empowerment program, so my goals is to continue be a contributing factor in this area. The youths are our future and without someone's contribution in them how can they make smart decision to be a better version of themselves.
So my goal is to inspire at least one youth to be the best version of himself or herself.
Q. At QwertyThoughts.com, we are trying to bring authors and readers under the same roof, to connect, discuss and socialize over books. What's your take on this?
I believe your intentions are excellent here, we as authors matter and when we matter so will our readers.
The more we come together in a community like this the more we can create greatness.
Q. What message do you want to share with budding writers?
Know you dreams and visions were given to you and not to someone else.
WRITE, Write, write!!!!!

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