JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Stephanie Graham, author of Sky Might Fall
Sky Might Fall is about a seventeen-year-old teenager named Sky who is fighting to survive in the streets after her mom kicks her out the house. She has the help of her best friend Jerome and numerous of other people. She must try to survive with her three-year-old sister tagging along with her and trying to cope with insecurities, molestation, and her drug-addicted parents.
Sky takes you through some diary entries and confessions while making ultimate decisions all by herself. She tries her hardest not to become a victim to the streets or like her mother and father and become this diamond-in-the-rough to keep her head above water to try to survive with the situations that occurs in her life, while her molestation, drug-addictive parents and insecurities, continue to haunt her on this journey. She might fall….
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Sky Might Fall?
Stephanie Graham: My inspiration comes from where I’m from. It’s an everyday either-you-struggle-or-survive lifestyle. Growing up in Philadelphia has not been the easiest, but it has caused me to write this project.
When I was 16-years-old, I was at rock bottom with my own life. I did my daily routine, and just wrote a few things down. Sky Might Fall just clicked. Now I’m here with a story that relates to everyone around me and where I come from shining light to anyone who does not think they won’t make it out.
JP: What sets Sky Might Fall apart from other books in the same genre?
SG: What sets this book apart from other books of the same genre is the rawness. It’s a reality that people tend to ignore at times. It’s deep, and I believe many people will feel it more coming from a teenager like myself.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Sky Might Fall getting out to the public?
SG: First things are first, believing and staying true to yourself. Don’t let any one tell you different. Write, network, promote, know what you want, and you will do no wrong. It has work for me, and I’m sure it will open doors for you.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Sky Might Fall?
SG: My writing process is so rare. I can be paranoid at times so I jump up at times. If I think of anything, I write on the closest things to me. Sometimes I’ll freestyle things.
Outlining is really big, which I didn’t believe in until my English high school teachers, so special thanks to them. I brain storm, and outline if I decide to get serious about a project. It took me 4 months to write this baby here.
JP: What’s next for Stephanie Graham?
S.G: Well, I wrote two books after this one: My Blood Sister and Naked. They are different from Sky Might Fall. I don’t want to give too much away, but both stories has come with more growth and experiences. Thy come with different situations and story lines that my mind likes to create that make me pick up my pen and write.
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Always stand for what you believe in and never give up on life because there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Have faith, and keep God first!