Updated: Apr 24, 2019
April 23, 2019
1. Can you tell our readers a little about you?
A: I’m a phenomenal author who enjoys writing and family. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee but I was raised on the West side of Chicago. I have 8 siblings and 3 children of my own. I enjoy cooking, family time, dancing, and writing. Any spare time I have outside of this I will use to watch my 3 favorite movies which are: Love & Basketball, The Mask, and Dirty Dancing. Outside of these 3 movies, I hardly ever watch television, I couldn’t possibly tell you what’s going on outside of my life, and I really dislike politics.
2. What was the inspiration behind this book?
A: The inspiration behind this book was mainly wanting to fulfill my dream. Also, the inspiration came from my friends, family members, and co-workers who have always enjoyed my writing. They were able to see my creative talents on a more advanced level than I was able to see them and I’m very grateful for that. I always assumed that my writing was just mediocre compared to others but they saw differently.
3. Where can we find you?
A: My work is available at more than 400 locations worldwide including Canada. You can purchase my work on Amazon(amazon.com/author/latoyajamarajackson) Barnes & Noble, Good Reads, Apple Store, through my publishing company(which I prefer) iUniverse.com, and other locations.
4. Where did you come up with the names for your characters?
A: The names of my characters were chosen directly based off a thought. The main characters which are Tee-Baby, India, Shawnee and La-La, their names were made up as I went along. The only character whose name was thought out was India’s. Since this character is a mixed breed, meaning half African-American and half Indian, I named her India which to me means from India.
5. Is there any hidden messages that are written within your story?
A: Yes! The message that I wanted to get out to my readers is about how kids had to learn how to survive quickly based off the acts of their parents. This novel is about survival skills and bad parenting. Sometimes kids are given a chance at life and sometimes they are not. So this novel basically describes how kids who grew up in the projects with no father figure or parents who are on drugs, no money for food or clothing, and the only source of income was welfare, had to do the unthinkable just to have a decent meal to eat and to keep clothes on their backs.
6. How many books are you expecting in this series?
A: A total of 3 books will complete this series.
7. How much of this story is based on things that you have encountered within your life even if it’s a bit removed?
A: None of the parts from this story was based off any occurrences that I encountered growing up. Although, I have met kids from the projects and even became the best of friends with them and saw the difference between their upbringing and mine. I always hung out in the projects even when my parents didn’t approve of it. They didn’t think this kind of environment was safe for young girls based off the stories they use to hear. In all honesty, the projects that I wrote about in this novel, I wouldn’t of dared stepped foot in there alone or with assistance. Even the police was afraid to go here so why should I? But you must remember, this story is completely fictional, none of the characters are true, but the crimes and challenges that these characters face actually do happen in lots of places around the world and it needs to come to an end.
8. What did you edit out of this book?
A: Nothing was edited from the book. I just simply wrote as a thought came to mind and if that was what I wanted to write than I wrote it.
9. What was your hardest scene to write?
A: I would have to say that my hardest scene to write was the last scene. I wanted to make sure that the characters were able to reunite and come together on good terms and have all the necessities they needed in life; even when they went about getting them the wrong way.
10. How did you go about developing the setting(s) for this story?
A: After I was able to determine the characters for the story the rest came easy. I just kind of wrote a portion at a time until I came up with a main idea. The setting just fell into place after that.