Here was this man whose words tapped into the black experience in America so eloquently. With Dream Deferred, I was hooked. From Mr. Hughes I moved onto Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou. Those three authors cemented my love of poetry, but still I never saw myself as capable of writing something as beautiful as the works that they created.
My Africa was the first poem that I ever wrote. I remember starting it one day while I was at work. I was eighteen years old and working at my first job at a Black and Decker Warehouse in Fort Mill, S.C.
To this day I still have no idea why the first line popped into my head, but there I was, standing in my pod filling orders and ‘Four hundred years ago in Africa’s land’, just ran through my brain. I wrote that poem on the back of an envelope standing in a pod while I was supposed to be pulling tools for an order.
Writing poetry is an entirely different process than writing a novel, short story, or comic script. Poetry can’t be outlined or planned, it just comes to me. Sometimes I go months without feeling like writing a poem. Some days the words fill my head so full that my fingers can barely keep up with my thoughts. Poetry is funny like that to me.
I'm the author of Crimson Dawn, the first book in the DarkLife Saga. Most of my works are paranormal romances or urban fantasies, but I am working on my first collection of poetry and short stories.
I also draw here and there, and do tattoos when I have the time. I myself have over 30.
I'm a long-time comic collector and have recently begun to try my hand at writing them. I'm adapting my novel, UnBound, and an earlier work titled, Ecomancers. If anyone needs a writer get in contact with me. For now I need the experience and exposure and welcome all projects.