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This week in Insure Success' Member Spotlight, we interview member, Author/Writer "Jamillah Johnson." Enjoy!
1. At what age did you know you wanted to become a writer? Were there any signs?
2. What does writing mean to you? How important is it to you? What do you hope to accomplish when you write?
3. What is the goal and aspirations of "The Black Magnolia Society"?
"The Black Magnolia Society" is a movie idea that turned into a book series. If this ever becomes a film project, every Black actress would have a job, seriously. I read a lot of books and I wanted to read something that told the story of wealth and affluence in the Black community instead of the typical "girl meets drug dealer" story. While I do enjoy those stories too, because a few of them are great books, I wanted to bring something different to the table.
My writing process starts with a notebook. I brainstorm all of my characters and the storylines. I usually write everything out first in my notebook and then type it on the computer filling in the blanks as I go along. A lot of times I can be in the middle of writing one book and another story will come to me. That's how the process was with "The Black Magnolia Society" and "Queens of the South". With my latest book, "More Than A Woman", which is the sequel to "The Black Magnolia Society", the process took some time because the first book ended with a cliffhanger and there was a two and half year wait to find out what happened. But that's the process of writing, sometimes it just flows and other times there is extreme blockage.
5. In your novel "Queens of the South," there is an underlying message that teaches "Success does not always equal happiness." Did something happen in your personal life, that you felt the need to convey this life lesson in your work? What made you want to convey this message?
I think everyone will experience a "aha moment" when you realize what you wanted isn't all its hyped up to be. In this story, which is set in Miami, these women possess what most people think is having it all: beauty, brains, wealth, men, but none of them are completely happy due to unresolved issues from their past. One of the book's standout characters is Malacca Hilson. She's the most talked about during book discussions. She's a young woman who gets expelled from college and her parents practically disown her. So she's left to fend for herself in St. Louis. Eventually she lands at a model casting call in Miami and works her way up to being the top video model in the entertainment industry. This is a girl that wanted to be a doctor, but due to one mistake it led her down another road. So many young girls think being in videos or appearing in magazines is a career, but if you don't make the right moves it can prove to be disastrous.
6. How does your writing differ from other authors?
7. Last words? Upcoming projects or works?Look out for my next novel in Spring 2012. I'm also looking for any production companies interested in producing a film project. I think its time the Black Magnolias came to life visually. Also next year is the 5th anniversary of my blog Hip Hop Moguls, so make sure you check out the site to stay in the loop. Outside of writing, I'm working on a new project with Etophia Lane, The Bizness Girl, called #100BusinessGirls, a series of networking events for women entrepreneurs and professionals in creative fields. Follow @100BusinessGrls (no "i" in Girls) on Twitter. You can also follow me @jaisuccessful on Twitter and find me on LinkedIn. I also want to mention my other creative compadres, Sommer Lawal, she's definitely a writer to watch, and Waheedah Alford of Why PR and Marketing.