JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Mahogani P, author of The Soul Of Toya Daniels
(Diva Soul Ink Publications)
The Soul Of Toya Daniels is about an ambitious young girl who wants to take care of her family by any means necessary. She’s a good girl with a bad secret.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write The Soul Of Toya Daniels?
Mahogani P: I was actually going through a seperation, just had a my daughter and life itself hit me hard. I started to keep a journal of some memories, thoughts and experiences I’ve gone through and may have seen and The Soul of Toya Daniels was created. It gave me strength to put my pain and thoughts on paper.
Toya has now become my alter ego. She represents faith, strength and endurance.
JP: What sets The Soul Of Toya Daniels apart from other books in the same genre?
MP: I didn’t want to write the typical story of what we normally read. I illustrate one woman’s passion for wanting more out of her life. She takes care of her family and loves her friends. When you read it, you feel the characters passion about her family.
Family is very important to Toya, and I think sometimes we lack that in some of our story lines. I wanted to write a story that took you through the journey of her soul, yet you experienced her rage as well.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to The Soul Of Toya Daniels getting out to the public?
MP: The key things for me is actually meeting people who read my book. I enjoy knowing how my readers feel.
I love to network, so Twitter, Facebook, reading groups as well as the support of family and friends helped me get the word out.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish The Soul Of Toya Daniels?
MP: I write from half personal-experiences, so whenever I may be going through something I write. I don’t have an exact process or an exact method. If I feel it…I must write it down.
It took me about a year to gather my thoughts and about six months to put it on paper. Now, I’m writing books in 60 days.
JP: What’s next for Mahogani P.?
MP: Well, I’m currently working on a short four-part drama series called Koffi, and the first one is on kindle and nook. A domestic abuse book is set to be released in February of 2012.
I also have a magazine and a non-profit foundation project to help women and their children go after their dreams set for next year.
“I’m enjoying this new journey and to say to others, never ever stop going after your dreams. Listen to your heart, hold on to your faith and let God guide you. He will never steer you wrong.”