5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Rico Dasheem, author of Memoirs of a Love Lost

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Rico Dasheem, editor of Memoirs of a Love Lost
(Evolving Publications)

Memoirs of a Love Lost is a tale of a love lost, with many compelling twist and turns. Most importantly, what makes this work unique is that I was able to integrate within the book correlated poems and journal entries that  engross the reader, drawing them in on a more intimate level.

To grab the reader’s attention more, the narrative vein was employed to have the reader fully immersed within the plot. Memoirs of a Love Lost features a masterful concoction arranged to steal your attention and express in a unique way the theme of the book.

I’ll leave that for you to read and decide. An inspirational read indeed, for lovers of poetry and intrigue, you’ll be sure to enjoy.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Memoirs Of a Love Lost?

Rico Dasheem: First of all, I want to acknowledge you and congratulate you, Joey, in all your success and would like to thank you for having me be apart of your esteemed series “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…” author interview series. It is a pleasure and an honor.

Now back to the question. You know, I would have to say in the short time that I have been here, life has been quite the teacher. Yes, I would definitely say that life experiences were my primary inspiration for Memoirs of a Love Lost. Without giving the book away, I have always since a young man kept a daily journal. With that being the case, I found that over the years it began to shape and take form into the culmination of what you see here today.

JP: What sets Memoirs Of A Love Lost apart from other novels in its genre?

RD: I would have to say that Memoirs Of A Love Lost is not your traditional book. It does not follow the traditional look and feel of your average book. This was done by design.

I am a poet at heart, and you will notice that immediately. The tale is woven beautifully in a narrative vein, highlighted with poems and passionate journal entries to further enrapture the reader’s imagination.

JP As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Memoirs Of a Love Lost getting out the public?

RD: Well that’s a good question Joe, with this being my first self-published work. I would have to say that determination, persistence and being goal-oriented are good characteristics to develop. I also found myself doing a lot of research to see what exactly it entailed to produce, market and successfully sale a completed book.

Having an inquisitive nature would be a plus as well, Joe, because you will have plenty of questions that will need answering. The more question you ask the clearer your perceived goal will come into view, I find this to be true in all aspects of life.

JP As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Memoirs of A Love Lost?

RD: I found that I started with formulating a general idea of whatever it is that I want to write about. I try not to be to restrictive in thought at this point. I simply write down what comes to mind. You can use these after thoughts to invigorate your thought processes when you are short of material or at a standstill in ideas or direction

Once my core idea has began to take shape, I just continue to add draft layers. I review then revise and repeat the process until I have complete work. Now with Memoirs of A Love Lost, it took me a year to two years to complete the book. That was only because I babied it and paid attention to details. If you set a goal with milestones as markers to gauge you progress, then for the most part you are in control of how long it should take

JP: What’s next for Rico Dasheem?

RD: I am currently getting the material together for my sophomore work, Love2Live2Learn so be on the lookout for it on the near horizon. As well I am recruiting new authors for Evolving Publications, an upcoming Publishing House doing big things. As always, I will continue to live to learn to love, learn to love to live and love to live to learn so that I may live the life that I yearn.



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4 thoughts on “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Rico Dasheem, author of Memoirs of a Love Lost”

  1. It seems that poetry in fiction could be catching on or maybe it has already happened but I am not knowing. I think it is because I prefer the Booker T’s and O.H. Bennett’s, the Cecil Brown’s and such. But I will not knock poetry in fiction. Yesterday, I gave someone I went to high school with one of my business cards and they ask if my works had poetry in them. I guess just because lyrics are a form of poetry, yes but since I am not a poet at heart, I am not in the know.

  2. I like stories with journal entries or poetry that helps draw out the emotion of the reader, while moving the story along. I am a lover of poetry. Sounds like a good book.

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