Bianca Johnson, also known as Blaque Diamond is a resident of Greensboro, North Carolina where she works full-time in military logistics. Blaque Diamond began writing when she was 11 years old due to urging from her fifth-grade teacher who saw a natural talent in the youngster. Blaque Diamond used writing as therapy to help her cope with the harsh realities of her childhood. Through writing, she could express her innermost thoughts and feelings through creative stories and verses of poetry. Blaque Diamond self-published her first novel in 2017, and she has gone on to publish more titles since then. When Blaque Diamond is not working on her next story, she enjoys reading, cooking, shopping, listening to music, spending time with her son, and a host of other activities.
1.What inspires you most to write?
What inspires me most to write, is my love for reading. I have always loved reading since I was a child. I enjoyed the wonderful stories I read, and I wanted to create my own, so that children and adults could react to my stories the same way I did when I read good books.
2.What is your favorite genre?
I don’t really have a favorite genre when it comes to reading. I like a little bit of everything. If it sounds interesting, then I will read it. When it comes to my own writing, my favorite genre is poetry and African American Fiction.
3.Who is one author you admire, and why?
One author I admire is Carl Weber. There isn’t one of his books that I have read that I didn’t like. He is an awesome storyteller. Not only are his books entertaining, but most of them have a positive message behind them.
4.How do you overcome blank writing spells?
When I am having a moment of writer’s block, I will leave whatever I am working on and take a break. I will go and work out, listen to music, meditate, or take a walk. Anything that I feel will help bring my mind back to writing, I will do. These methods haven’t failed me yet. I always come back refreshed and ready to dive right back in.
5.What legal publishing advice can you give?
The best legal advice I can give to an aspiring author is to make sure that they copyright all of their work. Before they send it off to the editor, they need to get it copy-written. People don’t realize how important getting your work copy-written is. It will save you a lot of legal issues if you just do it. That way if something ever comes up, you have protected yourself.
6.How many books have you written? Are any of them a best-seller yet?
To date, I have written and published six books, and I’m about to publish my seventh. None of my books have become best-sellers yet, but they will be one day.
7.If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script, what would it be? Why?
I’m not really sure. It hasn’t ever crossed my mind to write a script.
8.What are some difficulties you’ve experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism?
The most difficult thing I have faced in my writing career is finding my audience. Even though I do a ton of promoting and marketing, it’s still hard to reach the people I want. When it comes to book critiques and criticism, I am all for it. How will I be able to improve my craft if someone isn’t honest with me about my writing. I don’t want anyone telling me good things just because that’s what they think I want to hear. I want the truth, and nothing but the truth.
9.What are your best experiences in your writing career?
The best experiences in my writing career that I have experienced is feedback from my readers. I love when someone contacts me to rave about a book they read of mine. I also love it when they ask me when I’m going to release another book. It lets me know that I am accomplishing my goal.
10.Do you prefer to write in silence or have some kind of noise in the background?
I prefer to write in silence, but now that I have a toddler, that’s impossible, so I make do with whatever I can get. LOL.
11.What are some encouraging words you’d give to another aspiring author/writer?
Be inspired and be passionate about your craft. Put 150% into what you do. If writing is your talent, then you need to love it, and give it all of you.
12.How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work?
I based the price of my books off the recommended pricing from Amazon and other distribution outlets. To advertise and promote my books, I paid for ads on social media, I shared book links on all my social media accounts, and I offered free versions of my books to potential readers. I chose to go with expanded distribution on publishing platforms such as Smash Words, Amazon, and other sites so that I could reach a broader audience.
13.Why should anyone read your book?
I believe people should read my books if they would like to be entertained, get a dose of reality, and perhaps become a fan of my work. I love what I do, and I love it more when others love it too!
14.Did you have a book coach?
15.What was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school was always English/Language Arts. I always exceled in both subjects.
16.Are you self-published or do you have an established publishing contract elsewhere?
I am the publisher of my own work. I will be working to publish other people’s work soon though. I operate my publishing company out of my home.