JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Angelia Vernon Menchan, author of Re-Rambled: Food and Thought
(acVernon Menchan Publishing)
Here I go again, writing down thoughts that ramble through my mind. I must once again confess that this was something I was asked to do, and when asked I try to comply. Within these pages are my views and my views only, on many things: the things that saved me, helped me and brought me through.
I am also adding in recipes of food that sustains me and my family and again because I was asked to do so. So please, take whatever you get from this, and toss the rest over your shoulder. Remember, be the peace you seek.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Re-Rambled: Food and Thought?
Angelia Vernon Menchan: The inspiration came from the readers of my blog RAMBLINGS. A few years ago when I started writing, many would stop by my blog and say that I should do my blog in book form because in many ways I ministered to them. So in Feb. 2009, I wrote Ramblings: Volume I, and the response was amazing. Immediately, many asked me to do a followup, thus Re-Rambled.
JP: What sets Re-Rambled: Food and Thought apart from other books?
AVM: Re-Rambled is different because it was born of my desire to mentor through my writing. Realizing that I can only reach so many people face to face, my books allow me to strip naked, spiritually and emotionally, in front of an audience and allow them to see what has saved and sustains me…
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Re-Rambled: Food and Thought getting out to the public?
AVM: Re-Rambled: Food and Thought is actually my 9th book since 2006. The one thing I learned is to market myself to those who are interested and not worry so much about those who are not. Every book is not for every person, but every book is for someone.
In recent times, those who have read my books offer more publicity than I do. It is the simple process of giving people something they want to talk about, and pass on.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Re-Rambled: Food and Thought?
AVM: I write all the time and compile my thoughts as I go. For fiction, I am a bit more methodical. With non-fiction, such as Re-Rambled, the thoughts flow like lava because they are all based on life experiences. And I live fully. From start to finish, it took a couple of months.
JP: What’s next for Angelia Vernon Menchan?
AVM: On August 9, 2010, I am publishing an anthology with two other writers, Dera Jones and Idrissah Uqdah, entitled Mother Wit. I am also working on Zen Cooper, Ghetto Genius about a fourteen year old prodigy who is wise beyond her years.
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