A Writer’s Dream

How exciting and unreal is it to see my book on a bookshelf at a bookstore!?

I go from overly excited to overly scared– fearing the what ifs about my upcoming book signing this month. But, what if no one shows up except my hubby? What if no one likes my book? What if I’m not good enough? What if…what if…what if…

I am extremely gateful for my support system for reminding me that God gave me a gift, so I need to proceed until the end, no matter what.

What would be the point of life if we never took risks?

The entire process has been quite a ride, and I’m excited to be having a book signing.

So September 23rd at 7pm will be my book signing for Chasing Freedom at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, AZ. If you’re in the valley, I hope to see you there, so we can drink coffee and chat about this amazing novel of mine!

 

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Tell Us How You Published Your Book? What Was the Journey Like?

The time has finally come! Chasing Freedom, my novel, has finally been released. After a long journey,  it is finally out. What most people don’t know is that I have been working on this book for years. You may purchase it here: http://bit.ly/2sWEI9D Where did the storyline come from? The inspiration? Well, the protagonist in the novel is a Congolese rape victim and refugee.  Given that I am Congolese (although I’ve never been),  I’ve been reading and hearing so many horrific stories and I felt like I had to write about this and be the voice of the women of Eastern […]

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Am I Not Good Enough?

Like almost every writer’s dream, I  was signed by a literary agent two years ago for not only one book, but my writing career overall. Writing is a very competitive field. Finding a literary agent to manage your writing career, and one who actually believes in you is just as difficult as people say. Here is the story of how I Found My Literary Agent here. As some of you may know, I have been working on a particular novel for what seems like a lifetime now. So, at first, I was so thrilled. My dream had come true. My book would […]

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When They Go Low, We Go High.

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka One of my articles/blog post went viral  over the weekend. This past weekend, I was so busy with friends and family that came to visit from out of town. I was having so much fun, so the last thing on my mind was checking my blog stats or anything blogging related-until last night. I noticed that in one day, I suddenly had crazy amount of traffic to my blog and […]

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You Make Motherhood Look So Easy!

Is motherhood as scary as it sounds? For the past couple of weeks, since giving birth to my second baby, I’ve gotten comments such as, “You Make Motherhood Look So Easy!” My first thought was, “What the heck does that even mean?” I received this comment from a mom and from a friend who doesn’t have children yet. I was so confused, so I asked my husband if I should be offended or flattered.Then I decided to ask for clarification from one of the persons who told me this—the one without children yet.  She further explained that as someone without […]

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What happens when writing isn’t fun anymore?

For some time now, I have been feeling like writing fiction is a chore instead of my escape.  I used to be able to just sit for hours and enjoy writing. I used to look forward to writing fictional stories. Have I gotten lazy? Somewhere between finishing my Master’s in Creative Writing and trying to get published, I lost the bliss. I lost the desire to write fiction. Sure, I’ve had a lot going on the past few years and months (moving to a different state, getting married, grad school, new baby etc), but I don’t think it has anything […]

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What makes a good writer?

Someone asked me, “What makes a good writer? ” Answers vary,  but in my opinion: Being a good writer is not about how many big words you use or how intelligent you may sound but it’s about creating a world for your readers. A world your readers can escape into. As a writer,  I try to make sure that I am that type of writer. I’m also a book nerd, so I love when other writers create that world for me! Happy Saturday!

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What’s Your Thing?

So… I somehow happen to be stuck in the car for one hour right now (long story), so that gives me time to post something while hubz is driving. This morning,  I took some time and went dancing. Dance is another passion of mine apart from books and writing.  I think it’s good to step away from writing and get involved in an activity that is completely different. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you are staring at your computer screen all day. Do some yoga, pilates, or go run. Something.  Do something for yourself that will help you relax. […]

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