JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Jennifer Knox, author of Mama Never Said
(All Boys Publishing)
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Dinah Daniels, CEO of Daniels Animal Treatment Center, wife of nineteen years to Kevin Daniels, Attorney at Law, and loving mother. They were an eminent African American family, living the American dream. Life couldn’t be better for Dinah. Until she discovers that everything she’s ever known is a lie.
A life full of scandal and deceit would surface and destroy her perfect family. She didn’t understand how you go from being on top of the world to being stretched out under it. She was used to a world blinded by financial and social status. She had to face the fact that she could not buy her way out of this one.
Driven by Big Mama’s sayings, and her best friend Gloria at her side, Dinah would prove that she is truly a fighter.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Mama Never Said?
Jennifer Knox: I actually had a dream with a certain part of the book in it. It all happened from there. I had no intentions of writing a book. When I woke up I had this overwhelming urge to write about it, so I did.
JP: What sets Mama Never Said apart from other novels in its genre?
JK: Truth. I write about what’s real. I mean, It’s fiction, but it’s real life issues that many face everyday. On the outside looking in it may seem that some “have it going on”, but you just never know what people are facing. My writing offers that inside glimpse.
JP: As an author and self-publisher, what are the keys to your success that lead to Mama Never Said getting out to the public?
JK: Doing my research, knowing everything first hand for myself. The learning process never stops. I know things now that I didn’t know when Mama Never Said was released. Never giving up, and knowing that I am the key to making whatever I want to happen, happen.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Mama Never Said?
JK: Me personally, my thoughts just flow. I hardly ever have writers block. It took me about 2 1/2 years to write Mama Never Said only because I had no idea what I was doing! (laugh) It was a kind of a touch and go type process.
JP: What’s next for Mama Never Said?
JK: The sequel to Mama Never Said will be released in April 2009. I am looking to do a stage play based on a combination of the two in mid to late 2010.
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