Welcome back to Writing Wednesday! Today I have yet another interview (It should be routine by now), but this is a new author I met on Social Media known as LaKeah Shannelle. As always though please show a lot of love and support and let’s get this underway.
- Please introduce yourself before we begin.
Hello. My name is LaKeah Shannelle. I am from Cincinnati Ohio.
- Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours?
I used to read everything I picked up. Once I learned to read I didn’t want to stop. I read a lot of romance novels because they were quick reads. It wasn’t until I picked up a Black Romance novel that I realized I wanted to write also.
- What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on?
I have been writing since I was young. I worked on many manuscripts that unfortunately I don’t have any longer. Be that I can remember was a mixture of Adventure in Babysitting, Nancy Drew, and Sweet Valley High.
- What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Getting it from my dreams, to an outline, edited, and still maintain the honesty of the story.
- What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?
I ghostwrite also so I have written a lot of genres. Except for horror. That would be new. I love mysteries, suspense, and action the best. I love sprinkling in a little romance with all of my stories.
- Why do you write?
To share my love with others and hopefully give them a world to escape to.
- Favorite author and/or book series?
My favorite author is Karen Marie Moning. She writes an awesome series called the Fever Series. She weaved a whole world where she systematically created a detailed and engaging tale that always keeps you asking for more answers. I love it!
- Okay, the tough question here. It’s no secret that Mental health is important for writers. Seeing that I want to be more of an advocate for it, is there any advice you like to give to people to keep fighting, whether you’re dealing with it personally or know someone that is?
You can’t keep quiet or be alone. I just lost my favorite aunt unexpectedly. She didn’t tell anyone what she was going through. One day she was here three days later she was gone. It’s not been a month yet and for a second I lost the ability to write or sing. She sang like a songbird and that was something we shared. I made myself write and I shared with others how I was feeling. I’m trying to crawl out of the cave I had crawled into and it is hard. My heart is heavy, but I am trying to remain steadfast and push forward but the key is not to do it alone. I had a co-worker post a note on my cubicle wall that I was loved and not alone and I look at it often and I’m grateful.
- Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?
My featured book is called Revenant. Here is a little of what it is about:
He is after her, and she doesn’t know why…. Toni has not had a charmed life. Though she grew up with a beautiful family, an accident cut the lives of her parents short thus causing her to sacrifice to make sure her sister, Olivia, was cared for. Both finally settled in life and in college, the sisters also find that this peace is short-lived.
Toni watches a cold-blooded murder on Halloween night and ends up being the target of the killer along with the rest of her friends. She doesn’t know why, but the killer’s mind haunts her dreams as well as the image of the man who has now sworn to protect her from a killer they can’t seem to get away from.
Find out what secrets lie beneath the surface of one woman and a group hidden in secret where no one could find them until now.
I am working on part two and the book is named Quest and it will release this year.
- Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists?
Keep at it. Reach out to others and ask questions. There is strength in numbers and the support helps. You can find me on FB on the page Drop a Line or by searching up my name on Instagram and Twitter.
One of the greatest things about being a writer is finally understanding what it means to write from the heart. Some of us take longer than usual, but it means to write our emotions on paper. Whether we’re dealing with the loss of a loved one or the loss of friendship or heartbreak. Sometimes we do need to speak up and I’ll talk more about that on Mental Monday. I hope you all enjoyed this interview and the wonderful advice given. Please click on the links below to look at her work and hopefully purchase it. As always though, happy reading, writing, or whatever it is you’re creating; and have fun doing it.
“Write what should not be forgotten.”
Side note: I apologize for the late post. I didn’t notice that it was scheduled wrong. Thank you for understanding and I hope you enjoyed this weeks interview.