JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Carolyn Vines, author of black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity
How traveling and living abroad transformed how I see myself as a black woman in the world.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity?
Carolyn Vines: Living and traveling abroad for the last 20 years inspired me to write a book for other black women who’d like to do the same but don’t perhaps because they believe that black women don’t travel.
JP: What sets black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity apart from other books in the same genre?
CV: There’s a lot of humor and wit in my memoir, which these days is quite uncommon. Mine is an intelligent, insightful and inspiring memoir with a message.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity getting out to the public?
CV: Network, network, network. And when you think you’re done, network some more.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity?
CV: From start to finish, it took me 3 years to write black and (A)broad. My children (now 3 and 7) were quite young at the time, so I could only write part-time. My process was to build discipline enough to write when my kids were at school and daycare.
JP: What’s next for Carolyn Vines?
CV: Beef up my blogging at blackandabroad.com I’ve got some fascinating ideas so stay tuned! I’m also starting up as a book consultant who helps others establish their own writing process and then helps them through the emotional part of it.