Blaque: It has been a great month with all the wonderful authors I have had the pleasure of speaking with. For the last author spotlight of February, I am talking with Joseph D. Hayes, author of “Guardians of Salem”. Welcome Joseph.
Joseph: Thanks so much Miss Blaque Diamond.
Blaque: No problem. It’s nice to have you here. So, how many books have you published to date?
Joseph: I just published my first novel, “Guardians of Salem” last year.
Blaque: Ok, nice. You’re a first-time author. How does it feel to know that you have a book that millions of people will read out there?
Joseph: It feels amazing! It is such an indescribable feeling.
Blaque: Trust me, I know the feeling. LOL. What inspired your latest book?
Joseph: The children I look after at my day care center inspired my latest book.
Blaque: What inspires you to write?
Joseph: I’ve always been a story teller. Characters constantly live in my mind on a daily basis. However, my passion derives from inspiring children to read and write.
Blaque: Where is your favorite place to write?
Joseph: I would have to say my bedroom is my favorite place to write. It’s my zone. I can truly bring my thoughts to life.
Blaque: We all have our own ways to help get the creative juices flowing, how do you deal with writer’s block?
Joseph: I put music on to help me in times of writer’s block. The music helps me get in the mindset of the story.
Blaque: Do you prefer writing your first drafts on paper, or on the computer? Why?
Joseph: I prefer writing my first drafts on paper, because I do a lot of marking. It just feels more natural to me.
Blaque: Where do you get most of your story ideas?
Joseph: I am a big fan of superhero stories, anime, action, and Kung-fu movies. I also love to create the why in characters. What I mean by the why, is why does this character behave this way, or what motivates this character? I think character development is fun.
Blaque: Some authors are quite sneaky when they implement parts of their lives in their stories, and I am one of the guilty. LOL. Have you used people you know as characters in your books?
Joseph: Yes, I have. The cool thing about it was that I read the story to them, and they loved it.
Blaque: What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment as an author?
Joseph: Publishing my first novel is my biggest accomplishment as an author.
Blaque: Yes, having the courage to push that publish button proves your passion for the art of writing. It can be quite intimidating when you go through the process.
Joseph: You’re right about that.
Blaque: Do you write full-time, or is writing like a second job?
Joseph: Right now, writing is a second job, but I write as a goal to become a full-time writer.
Blaque: What is your goal as an author?
Joseph: To touch as many lives as possible through my writing is my goal as an author. I would also love to see my writings on the big screens and television.
Blaque: How does it make you feel when a reader tells you that they enjoyed reading your book?
Joseph: It brings my heart joy. I put a lot of heart in to my writing. Whenever I receive a compliment from a reader, I am overjoyed and humbled.
Blaque: What advice would you give someone who aspires to be an author?
Joseph: I would tell them to read and write! This will help them to find their writing voice.
Blaque: Now that readers know about you as an author, let’s learn more about you as a person.
Blaque: What is your favorite holiday, and why?
Joseph: I love Christmas! Everything about Christmas! From the celebration of my Lord and Savior, all the way down to the Christmas music. I must admit that I get a head start on the Christmas music in November.
Blaque: If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?
Joseph: If I could change anything, it would be me.
Blaque: What is your favorite food?
Joseph: I’m a sucker for Chinese food.
Blaque: As authors, we are also readers. How many books can you honestly say you’ve read in a single year?
Joseph: I would say a little over ten.
Blaque: What is your zodiac sign?
Joseph: My zodiac sign is Aquarius.
Blaque: What kind of child were you growing up?
Joseph: I was a kid with a very hyperactive imagination. I often acted out a lot of kung-fu and action movies on TV. I believe the most hilarious thing out of all this is the fact that I hated reading and writing when I was younger.
Blaque: Who is your favorite author? Why?
Joseph: I would have to say Mary “Honey B” Morrison. Her story telling skills are so vivid. She is the very reason why I started and got in to reading.
Blaque: I love her writing as well. I have read tons of her books and loved every one of them. Do you have any other talents besides writing?
Joseph: I can draw as well.
Blaque: What is your favorite genre of music?
Joseph: I would have to say Gospel is my absolute favorite genre of music.
Blaque: When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Joseph: I’m either reading or drawing when I’m not writing.
Blaque: I am not a fan of sports at all, but are you a sports fan? If so, who is your favorite team?
Joseph: I’m a big football fan. Dallas Cowboys is my favorite football team.
Blaque: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be, and why?
Joseph: It would definitely be an honor to co-write with J.K. Rowling. She created a universe of characters that will be remembered forever. Enough said.
Blaque: Well, that looks like that just about does it for today’s spotlight interview. Thank you so much for sharing just a small bit of yourself with me and the readers today Joseph.
Joseph: You’re welcome. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share.
Blaque: Make sure to leave your social media contact information so that readers can follow your writing journey.
Blaque: No problem. Keep encouraging the youth of today to read and write.
Joseph: I definitely will.
Blaque: Until next time. Happy writing!
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