Updated: Jun 20
Pre-Interview: I am Ashley Diamond the mother of two future children’s book author of “More Than You Know” book will be out end of summer. College graduate with a BA in journalism. I teach children water safety/acclimation and how to be safe swimmers. I love to cook, swim, outdoor activities, and spending time with loved ones.
1.What inspires you most to write?
My children are my inspiration to write, I literally draw all my inspiration from them... 2. What is your favorite genre?
At the moment my favorite genre to write is children’s literature. I was originally going in a different direction with my writing until I had children, and now I think it is important for them to see more books of representation. I want more books for brown children written by authors who look like them so children can relate and see positive images and uplifting stories... 3. Who is one author you admire if any and why?
My favorite author is Maya Angelou. I love how she turned her personal pain and trauma into a beautiful work that lots of women can read, relate, and gain knowledge and inspiration from. 4. How do you overcome blank writing spells?
When I am having a hard time writing I take a break, clean the area surrounding me because if my space is cluttered so is my mind and I need a refresh, light some incense, and take a nap. A lot of my inspiration comes to me in my dreams and I find myself writing all hours of the night when the house is peaceful and quiet. 5. What legal publishing advice can you give?
N/A 6. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet?
I have written several books, and currently in the process of publishing my first one so I am not a bestseller yet, but I hope to become one, one day. Speaking it into existence! My first book is titled “More Than You Know” and will be out at the end of summer early fall. 7. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why?
Personally I would not re-write anyone’s works, I feel that this is something that a person put their whole energy into and thought that it was perfect so I am not going to mess with their perfection. However, there are movies that I often think why would it end like that but that is how the writer wanted it so that is perfect. 8. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism?
The difficulties that I have experienced in my writing career is struggling to find someone to do publishing and illustrations sense this is my first book that I will be debuting to the world. However, since I am not published yet I run all my ideas by my significant other and my friends. I love critiques/criticism because any help that can assist in making my work better and appealing to young minds or readers in general is always welcomed and appreciated. I am always nervous that people are not going to like my work and that sometimes hinders me from sharing but everyone is not going to like you or what you do, so I always have to have that thought in the back of my mind. 9. What are your best experiences in your writing career?
My best experience in my writing career is working on my book that will be out soon and seeing my vision come to life. The entire editing process and seeing what I envisioned for my book on paper is making it realer each day and I am so excited that I was able to accomplish what I think is greatness. 10. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort of sound in the background?
I prefer to have some type of noise in the background like music or the television. If my home is too quiet, I will go crazy because I have two small children, so something is always going on. I have an entire meditation playlist on my phone to help me relax and calm my mind. 11. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer?
Follow your dreams, write from the heart, create works of art that you are proud of. 12. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work?
I wanted a book that was affordable but also matched the price of the books that I buy for my children. If I’m not going to pay a certain price for a book, I wouldn’t expect for someone else to either. 13. Why should anyone read your book?
People should read my book because it was written from the heart, and is about the immense love that a parent feels for their child and provides love and encouragement to shape and inspire young minds to never forget that they are loved and appreciated, especially for my beautiful brown children. 14. Did you have a book coach?
I did not have a book coach. 15. What was your favorite subject in school?
In school my favorite subject was psychology. I thought it was fascinating to learn about the human brain and why people often think the way that they do. 16. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere?
I went the self-publishing route. It was so hard finding a publishing company and going about the process alone. Also I wanted to keep my book as close to its originality as I could, so many people have said that traditional publishing companies make you change your characters and story and that is not what I wanted for my first book.