Welcome back to Writing Wednesday and you guess it I have another interview with Kadija Phillips. Without spoiling anything, I hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better as I have. See you guys in a bit.
- Please introduce yourself before we begin.
I am Kadija Phillips and I am the author of the Children’s book series K. Angel. I am the wife of a fireman as well as a mother of 3. Through entrepreneurship I’ve been able to successfully create progressive relationships while being awarded for my broadminded outlook on creating new programs to decrease injustices. I am an advocate for fostering healthy relationships between law enforcement and the community while honoring my sister slain Officer Kaliah Harper.
- Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours?
I have always been interested in literature, but I did not develop the craft until high school. I found that I could be creative with my writing by essentially talking on paper. I excelled in journalism but never thought it could be a career, only a hobby. When I became a mother, I struggled with explaining who my sister was to my daughter, so I created the character K. Angel for my daughter to understand her Aunt’s strength and dedication to do good. I came back to my first love of writing to now bring about change.
- What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on?
I can recall the first poem I heard that made me want to become a writer, I was around 8 and my mother wrote a poem about George Washington Carver and the peanut. The poem was life changing and made me want to create the same type of literary magic my mother had.
- What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Understanding that people have different backgrounds, so introducing a topic that may be new to some while very familiar to others and making them all come together to appreciate my philosophies.
- What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?
I can write in all genres but some I have not explored. I have created fiction and nonfiction so far. I love to challenge myself to create new themes. I currently enjoy fiction because the words come straight from my imagination.
- Why do you write?
I write because I know it is a gift from my higher power. Writing is something I am very passionate about and it brings an ease to my life. I write because it is something that I could see myself doing for free for the rest of my life.
- Favorite author and/or book series?
I have read so many books by so many different authors, reading is transformational to me. I would say right now my favorite book series is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. My favorite book at the moment is Becoming by Michelle Obama.
- 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?
I have dealt with mental health issues for most of my life, due to a traumatic upbringing. I have been in counseling for a great deal of my life and I would say the tools and tips I have learned along the way from counseling has blessed me to be sane right now. Counseling is a guide and a tool to get you through some of the unknown areas of your mind, heart and spirit. I would suggest it to anyone having uncertainties in their life.
- Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?
As a children’s book author, I have released two books, “K. Angel Careers” which can be found online on all major retailers and “K. Angel Signs” which can be found online at www.kangellife.com. I am currently working on a chapter book to go along with the K. Angel series to appeal to an older adolescent audience. While also creating a memoir to encourage and uplift others for their life journey.
- Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists?
My advice to new writers is just keep writing, be as creative and out the box as you would like, this is where the masterpieces comes from. Also believe in your art even when other’s do not, they don’t see the vision until you create it.
Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed this week’s interview. It came to mind that sometimes creators need a spark to get going. Whether that was a happy invent of winning a contest. Of a tragic one like the loss of a friend or family. Either way it goes, those who are starting to pick up creating now. Whether you’re a teenager, young adult, or middle age. It was always there you just needed a spark. If you enjoyed reading about Kadija you can find her Instagram page here and Twitter. As well as K Angel, here, and here. Again read, write, or create whatever it is your doing and have fun doing it. See you guys on Monday.
“Reality told us we would fail. But again and again, we fought. We preserved. We rose.”
-Toni Adeyemi ‘Children of Blood and Bone.’