How did your journey as an author begin?
My journey began in 2008 at the urging of my family to chronicle my past experiences. I didn’t consider myself an author at the time as I was going through a major depression. I was really just doing it to give myself something to keep my mind occupied. During the process of writing SUNDAY CHRISTIANS, I began noticing the book was taking on a life of its own and began writing itself as the characters began to develop their own personalities. When it was finally finished, I got somewhat of a rush of endorphins and was like, “Let’s do that again!” Then, I got the idea for CAREFUL WHAT YOU PREY FOR and got back on the writing roller coaster again! Halfway through, I put it down to focus on my main career of nursing then came back to it, and here we are, going into project number 4!
Was it something you always wanted to pursue?
One thing I have always wanted to do was to get involved in the filmmaking business. I have since started studying cinematography as well as shadowing other filmmakers in the business of independent films.
Who or what motivated you to write?
Well, they say the best creations come out of desperation. So, I would say circumstances and family motivated me to begin writing. Which ended up being the best medicine for me because with every book I write, I put part of myself in and it feels like a shedding of layers when I’m done. I feel lighter like I have blossomed even more if that makes sense.
How was the publishing process?
I took the self-publishing route because I didn’t have enough knowledge about traditional publishing to pursue it. I stumbled my way through self-publishing and it was a bit stressful, especially as I approached my self-imposed deadline but I think I came out okay after it.
Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
The challenges I have faced as an independent/self-published author are people/organizations trying to dictate what self-publishing is. Don’t get me wrong, there is a process to publishing work just as there is for completing any task BUT, with so much information and direct access to what was once “insider-only” knowledge, you can do it any way that works best for you to express your own vision.
Are you currently working on any new projects? If so when can we expect them to be released?
Yes, we are moving forward with getting my first novel, SUNDAY CHRISTIANS, on film and I am currently working on my fourth novel, as well as getting ready to launch the Novels By Jodaea Academic Excellence Book Scholarship program in January 2022.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see at least 2 of my novels on film; me granting more scholarships and penning at least 2 more novels.
What’s your favorite quote and who’s it by?
“If you want a happy ending, it all depends on where you end your story.” -Orson Wells
If you could co-author with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
I am currently writing my fourth work with my mother Dr. Juanita C. Barnes.