Blaque: Today’s author spotlight interview features Monica Reed. She writes in the genre of nonfiction/religious fiction. Her books are meant to inspire and empower women and married couples everywhere. Welcome Monica.
Monica: Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me.
Blaque: No problem at all. I love women who make it their mission to inspire and empower other women. We all need to look out for each other. It’s great that you are putting your personal stories into a book to help others out there.
Monica: Yes, I share my life’s experiences in this book to let women know that they are not alone, and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I also include key elements relating to marriage, and how to keep things going despite setbacks.
Blaque: So, how many books have you published to date? (Compilations and anthologies included.)
Monica: I have published one book so far, “Renewing Your Marriage”. I was also a contributing author to “Thriving Entrepreneur”. I also have one book set to release in late February of 2018 titled “Renew You”.
Blaque: Great! Name three people who inspire you and explain why.
Monica: Wow! Only three? That’s hard. Oprah Winfrey is one, because she is willing to push through and show up powerfully in front of the world despite what anyone said or thought about her. Mary J Blige is another, because she is the woman that I held onto when I was a young, confused teenage girl, and I admire her strength. Lastly, David and Tamela Mann, because my husband and I met them during a time that our marriage was falling apart, and they displayed true love, the same love my husband and I showed when we first met. They honor their family unity just like we do.
Blaque: If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
Monica: What women feel they have to go through mentally and physically to be considered accepted in society is what I would change about the world.
Blaque: We all have different sources of inspiration when it comes to writing, what inspires you to write?
Monica: I am inspired by the women who struggle to have a voice in this world. I know they are just waiting for me to show up to open up the topics they struggle to share.
Blaque: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Monica: I see myself owning my own wedding catering hall for couples to have a place for them to come and renew their marriage vows
Blaque: That is a nice goal and future career choice. Weddings happen every day, so I know you will be up to your neck in wedding preparations. LOL.
So tell me, what can bring tears to your eyes?
Monica: The thing that can bring tears to my eyes is children who don’t have a fair chance at life.
Blaque: I can sympathize with that. There are so many lost children in this world.
Monica: Yes, there are.
Blaque: Are there any other published authors in your family? (Self-published or traditionally published.)
Monica: I just found out that I am the 1st published author in my family. It is an honor to be the 1st published author, because I personally feel that I have set a new goal for generations to come.
Blaque: If you had $1,000,000 to donate to a worthy cause, which would it be, and why?
Monica: I would donate to an organization that would build homes for the homeless and low income families, because everyone needs to have somewhere they can call home.
Blaque: Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing career?
Monica: My husband has been my biggest supporter in my writing career.
Blaque: What makes you uniquely you?
Monica: What makes me unique is no one has had the same combination of experiences in the order that I have experienced them to help the group of women God has sent me to serve
Blaque: If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
Monica: My first wish would be to leave each of my children their own home fully paid off. Secondly, I would also like to travel the world. My third wish would be to live life in abundance.
Blaque: Sometimes the brain just freezes up, and ideas seem so far out of reach, how do you deal with writer’s block?
Monica: When I have a bout of writer’s block, I stop trying to create scheduled times to write. Instead I make inspired times to write. When I would create scheduled times to write, thoughts and ideas would not come to me. As the day would go on, I would have an inspired thought. I would stop or wake up and write them down immediately, because if I sat on the thought for too long, I would forget it.
Blaque: What is your favorite color?
Monica: Royal Blue and Silver with Glitter are my favorite colors.
Blaque: What is your favorite genre of music?
Monica: R&B and gospel music are my favorite genres of music.
Blaque: Do you prefer writing your first drafts on paper, or on the computer? Why?
Monica: I absolutely love writing my outline on paper, but audio recording my stories works best for me, because it captures the voice and tone in which I would tell the story in person.
I allow my walk of life to be part of my writing, because it is easier to write about, especially since I already lived it.
Blaque: Out of the books you have published, which is your favorite, and why?
Monica: My upcoming book scheduled to release in February titled “RENEW YOU” is my favorite because the book really brings out common personal issues and thoughts wives deal with every day.
Blaque: What is your fondest childhood memory?
Monica: My fondest childhood memory is summer break! At the end of the year, my elementary school teachers would clean out their classroom by giving the children the left over “dittos” (copied worksheets) and my sister and I would play school and take turns being a teacher for the day.
Blaque: Wow! That does sound like a memory I would want to cherish forever.
Monica: Yes, it was always so much fun.
Blaque: What is your zodiac sign?
Monica: I’m 100% Scorpio, and proud of it!
Blaque: What is your all-time favorite movie?
Monica: My all-time favorite movie is “Coming to America”.
Blaque: What is your biggest fear?
Monica: Dying young before I have completed my assignment as a mother or a woman here on earth is my biggest fear.
Blaque: When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Monica: Spending time with my family and watching a really good movie is what I like to do in my spare time when I’m not writing.
Blaque: Life has so many lessons that we can appreciate. As we continue to grow and develop, the life lessons we have learned can help to impact our way of life. If you could talk to your younger self, what would you tell him or her?
I would tell her, “Baby, everything you are going through is necessary and is because God has something better for you in store. You are loved and protected by God.”
Blaque: What inspired your latest book?
Monica: When I talked about how my husband and I restored our marriage, people would ask “What did you do during the times it felt that only one of you were committed to changing?” That’s when I realized that I completely missed a whole chapter of my walk. I was now inspired to go back and tell the missing link, and “Renew You” was born.
Blaque: Describe your latest book in just ten words.
Monica: Transparent, relatable, transformational, connective, renewing, powerful, blessed, informative, accepting, and encouraging.
Blaque: Before we end this segment, I want you to leave a piece of advice for potential authors. What advice would you give someone who aspires to be an author?
Monica: I would tell them, stop today! Don’t delay! You don’t have to be perfect to write your story.
Blaque: What an outstanding piece of advice. I hope that someone who has the desire to become an author will take heed to your words and pursue their dream.
Would you like to leave readers with your information so that they can follow/befriend you?
Monica: Sure. I manage a Facebook group called Marriage Matter – Couples Connect. If you are a married couple, please feel free to send a request to join the group. We talk all things marriage and ways to keep things on track.
I am also on Facebook if you would like to follow my Renew Your Marriage fan page.
Blaque: Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope some lucky couple out there will garner plenty of inspiration and guidance from your book, and your other activities all relating to marriage.
Monica: Thank you. Marriage is a beautiful union, but it takes a great deal of work to maintain.
Blaque: Well, thanks again for stopping by. I wish you luck on your writing journey. Until next time. Happy writing!
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