JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
LaCricia A`ngelle, author of Girl, Naw!
(His Pen Publishing)
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Antoinette Walker has seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Those that know and respect her think she has it all: a wonderful husband, children that thrive in school and a counseling practice that is growing by leaps and bounds.
When hidden things from her past begin to surface, they threaten to destroy everything Antoinette loves. Only God can give her the strength to continue to counsel other women as she struggles with her own issues of forgiveness.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Girl, Naw?
LaCricia A`ngelle: When I wrote Girl, Naw!, I was in a position in my life where people often came to me for counseling in one form or another. I often felt like some of these people thought my life was perfect. Girl, Naw! was birthed from the thought of “who counsels the counselor?”.
JP: What sets Girl, Naw apart from other Christian Fiction novels?
LA: Girl, Naw! shows the life of a woman that is supposed to have it all together. It helps readers to understand that no matter what status someone has in life in many ways we are all the same. We all face obstacles in some form.
Girl, Naw! is also written in what I like to call plain English. You donâ€™t have to have a dictionary next to you when you read it. The words are clear enough to reach a broad audience.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Girl, Naw getting out to the public?
LA: Persistence was the key to getting Girl, Naw! out to the public. While writing Girl, Naw!, I faced many obstacles. I knew it was a story that had to be told.
I didnâ€™t settle for traditional publishing, although it is something I will consider pursuing in the future. I chose to independently publish Girl, Naw! because I wanted to maintain the complete integrity of the story.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Girl, Naw?
LA: As an author, I use several methods for writing. I use written outlines, and I also record voice notes on my Blackberry. I try to make writing, in some form, a part of my daily routine.
The total process from concept to completion of Girl, Naw! was three years. This was not with constant writing. At the time that I wrote Girl, Naw!, I had no formal training and didnâ€™t write consistently.
JP: What’s next for LaCricia A`ngelle?
LA: I am writing a short story entitled “Journey to Love” as part of the anthology A Love Like His to be release in early 2010 by His Pen Publishing.
Iâ€™m very excited about this anthology. I will be joined by several award winning authors. I am also working on the sequel to Girl, Naw! and another novel.
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