Featured Author Faith D. Toran

Interview With Winn Publications

How did your journey as an author begin?

My journey as an author began in grade school. I was fascinated by poetry. I remember reading and hearing Mya Angelou’s Still I Rise and the speech by Sojourner Truth – Aint I A Woman. I too wanted to know what is felt like to have voice and agency. To stand in power and to share and encourage others to do the same. I then went on to write for my city’s local newspaper.

Was it something you always wanted to pursue?

Yes, but I was not sure that I wanted to do it professionally.

Who or what motivated you to write?

My life experiences prompted me to write. I needed a space where I could be me, unafraid and honest.

Have you published your writings into a book? If so, where can we find it/them?

Yes, Freedom at Day Zero is available on Amazon in both domestic and international markets in both Paperback and Kindle versions. https://linktr.ee/FaithDToran

How was the publishing process?

It was exhilarating and exhausting. I am more of a big idea person, so the small details and the time I had to invest in the process was a new experience for me.

Are you self-published?


Do you have a tip that you can offer your peers (poets and writers worldwide)?

Trust the process. Take breaks and be gentle with yourself!

Are you currently working on any new projects? If so when can we expect them to be released?

New Projects- French edition of Freedom at Day Zero to be available late 2021

Working on a novel that I expect to be available in 2022

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Definitely writing and publishing more books!

What does be an author mean to you?

Being willing to share your life with others.

What’s your favorite quote and who’s it by?

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
― Toni Morrison, Beloved

If you could co-author with anyone – dead or alive- who would it be and why?

Lorraine Hansberry. She was brilliant and courageous in her life and art. I think it would be interesting to use poetry and playwright as a form of storytelling.

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