Nefretiti Morant, author of the Perspectives book series, stopped by for an interview.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm a proud mom, a loving wife, and a big dreamer. I always like reading and writing. But never thought about a career as a writer until two years ago. In 2012 I started a poetry blog. After a few months of writing and posting I decided to write a short story called Perspectives. Well boy did that unleash a passion that I didn't even know was dormant. I started writing like crazy. And I was having so much fun doing it that in seven months Perspectives The Saga was done. After receiving the first proof in the mail I was just so encouraged to keep going. I couldn't stop. That's was the birth of my crazy dream of being an author. I decided to chase that with my everything.
What do you do when you're not writing?
Spending time with my husband and kids or reading. I love to curl up in my favorite chair with a blanket and a book. But writing is definitely my favorite thing to do other than spending time with my family.
When did your first start writing?
I wrote my first poem about my husband when we were teenagers. As a young adult I loved writing poems and short stories, even though I didn't think I was good at it. I didn't start writing consistently until two years ago. To tell you the truth I wasn't even sure I could write a whole book until I tried. Completing this series has been so fulfilling on a personal level. The joy writing brings me has encouraged me to pursue it as a career.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I read allot of Toni Morrison books as a teenager. I also love Maya Angelou's poetry. She's the one celebrity I always wanted to meet. Her life was a living inspiration. I always loved poetry, but through reading her work I began to understand how powerful it is to touch people with words. She was a literary genius.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
I worked in the social services field for ten years. And the idea for this book came from the realization that although we have different stories, were not that different. What makes the difference in our lives, is our Perspective. I'm a firm believer in that and I try to weave inspirational messages in my work.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I really enjoyed writing Kenneth's(Perspectives II) and Ebony's(Perspectives V) chapters in the Series. I think they are the most likeable while flawed character's in the series. Although allot of my friends love Marissa. But Kenneth and Ebony's relationship was so star crossed and tragic that is was a welcome challenge to expand their Perspectives. I love their struggle and the type of people they become by the end of their stories.
What is best writing advice you can give?
Persistence is everything. If you love something and are passionate about it, just never give up on it. The more you work at it the better you'll get and even if you don't reach stardom. As long as your having a good time doing it, its so worth pursuing. The journey is often more defining than the result.
Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?
Perspectives is feel good roller coaster of experiences. So if your looking for an engaging collection of experiences told with vivid prose then you'll love this series.
About the books:
Seven People living in Queens New York learn the value of family and friends. Calvin struggles with alcoholism, Kenneth is in love with a woman who doesn't love him, Ebony's marriage is falling apart and she's sleeping with her boss. Marissa is a single mom attempting to provide her daughter with the best. Kaliq and Zanay fall in love under unlikely circumstances, and Althea; well Althea is in a class by herself. Journey with these seven individuals as they learn life is all about your perspective.
Kenneth the ultimate playboy finds himself falling for Kenya. A beautiful, smart ambitious Psychiatrist. Kenneth is ready to trade in his player card and settle down with Kenya. But just as it seems like Kenneth will begin his happily ever after, an old flame blows into town. Will Kenneth be able to reform his ways or will he falter under the weight if temptation.
Calvin has triumphed over a plethora of obstacles. His wife is talented and beautiful and his children are adorable and smart. Everything seems to be falling into it's right place when he lands the job of his dreams. Will Calvin finally get to enjoy life or will the actions of a manic destroy his chance. Journey with Calvin as he learns not to take his blessings for granted.
Kaliq and Zanay are college bound and ready to face the world together. Their love is strong and their bond is unbreakable. But college is a new playing field. Is their love strong enough to brace the storm of the real world. Or will the pressure of campus life tear them apart. Enjoy a roller coaster ride of deception, lust, scandal and jealousy as Kaliq and Zanay learn to navigate through the trials that come with adulthood.
Ebony is a girl from the hood with big dreams and lots of ambition. As an infant she’s abandoned by her mother. While she juggles feelings of rejection she meets and falls in love with Calvin.
Together they dream of escaping the projects and creating their own happily ever after. Calvin’s love fills Ebony with the hope that even a girl like her could have something beautiful. But soon Ebony realizes Calvin has a lot of maturing to do.
When another man confesses his love for her she's faced with making a choice between the man she loves and the man who's good for her.
Enjoy an itinerary filled with lust, romance, and intense drama in this final chapter in the Perspectives Saga.
About the author:
www.nefretitim.com. Within 19 months she created the tantalizing series; "Perspectives". Perspectives follows seven individuals who through their struggles learn to appreciate their loved ones and life. Nefretiti’s inspiration for writing comes from her belief in positive thinking and her desire to inspire individuals from all walks of life. Nefretiti currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children.