Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Sabrina and I’m a die hard Alumni of Columbia College Chicago and a serious football head! I quirky by nature but it adds to my character and I absolutely LOVE the water! I’ve had the pleasure of publishing my first novel, “Those Necessary Thorns Desiree Elizabeth Taylor” this year and two additional “Those Necessary Thorns” books for the series will be available later this year.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my book is entitled, Those Necessary Thorns Desiree Elizabeth Taylor” and it was inspired by life. There are many women that go through trials and tribulations in relationships but few ever lack gray areas. Those areas of life where the answer or seemingly right or wrong isn’t immediately clear and you always have a reason for doing what you do.
The “Those Necessary Thorns” (TNT Book) series explores all of life’s issues without linking the stories to each other. You don’t have to read the first book to understand the second and so on. Each on stands alone. The first book, has explicit content but it’s all very necessary to the story.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Do I have any unusual writing habits? Hmm, I have a couple of unusual writing habits, but the the one that sticks out most is my choice of background noise while I write. I MUST have “The Golden Girls” playing on DVD when I’m in serious writing mode and when I need a break I jump on my trampoline to clear my head.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Shaneska Jackson is one of my biggest influences! She wrote, “Caught up in the Rapture”, “Lil Mama’s Rules” and “Blessings” and they are all fantastic books that leave a lasting impression.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the Spanish versions of my titles and the audio books for each. It is one of my proudest achievements in writing thus far.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My best method when it comes to promoting my book is word of mouth as well as a great video promo! Its got to reach out and grab you.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice to new authors would be to write like this will be your last chance to make it in the world! Leave it all on the page! Then remember to engage before, during and after publishing while you promote otherwise no one will listen or know your work is there.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I’ve ever heard came from my favorite college professor who said, “When you ASSUME things, you make an ASS out of U and ME.”
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading, “Unashamed” by Richard L. Taylor Jr. It is a self-help book that received great reviews and it talks about the struggles of the author while trying to find himself in his short life.
What’s next for you as a writer?
What’s next for me as a writer, is to have my work brought to be big screen!
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book of all time is “Lil Mama’s Rules” by Shaneska Jackson. The book has everything and definitely leaves a “lesson learned” type of impression!