Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Quanda R. Graves better known by my pseudonym Until. I am a journalist and literary columnist for the California Crusaders Newspaper and contributing writer to the online Brutha Magazine. Youth Director for the Los Angeles Black Book Expo and much more. I have recently just completed my childhood dream by self-publishing my very first poetry edition entitled, I Just Want to Write! So far, this is my first book but it won’t be my last.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my very first poetry edition is called I Just Want to Write! What inspired it is my life as a writer, other writers and poetry. My dream of wanting write a book every since I was six years old. But not just a book, a poetry book to leave my trademark in the world by words.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not that I know of, I know I can write anywhere but love writing on my desk and I have favorite pens for different writing projects.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Bank Street Reader Group, Terry O’Neal, Walt Whitman, Dudley Randall, Shel Silverstein, and more.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on my very first children’s book.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The best method/website I use when it comes to promoting my book? My website, www.untilnomore.net.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes. Follow your heart. Make your dreams a reality. You do so with a well thought out plan, research and action. Write down all you need, want and price it. Create a binder of what you’ve done, so you’ll have your own guide to go by.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice that I’ve ever heard was; Be you because everybody is already taken. I like that.
What are you reading now?
Promote Yourself by Dan Schawbel
What’s next for you as a writer?
A Children’s book and a couple of surprises that I can’t share just yet. *smile*
What is your favorite book of all time?