Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
Ethnic Beauty family, today I would like to introduce you to a native of Atlanta, Georgia who holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism… Meet Regina Griffin. The author of Ishues - A Second Helping of Del'ishcious Ish, Regina happens to be engaged and the very proud surrogate mother to her seven year old niece. Also a blogger, Regina spends time traveling the country, doing book signings, speaking engagements, and attending other media venues where she often promotes her book series which has been called a juicy, coed conversation-starter. Do enjoy this brief interview with her...
April: How did you get started as an author?
Regina: My mother was a teacher who relentlessly stressed the importance of education, specifically strong writing and grammar.
April: Was it always your dream to be an author?
Regina: Growing up, I'd write short stories and love letters to my godmother as a form of creative expression. I can't really say I dreamed of being a writer early on, but it was certainly in my blood.
April: What got you interested in writing a fun book that offers sassy, common-sense advice on a host of topics?
Regina : One day shopping, I saw a stenciled phrase on the wall of store that read, "Fly coach and drink champagne." Seeing that stenciling spawned a flurry of creativity in my gut, and in two months I'd written "Ish" Volume I.
April: Do you feel this is a type of calling?
Regina: My writing is very much a calling, some days even a ministry of sorts. I write and journal every day of my life as a release and a connection to the future.
April: Had you ever written or interacted with people in this way before?
Regina: I have been an editor's choice blogger for almost 10 years, with a following of almost 12,000, but this is my first stab at the humor genre.
April: Tell us a little about your background, give us a little insight in who you are.
Regina: It feels like I’ve been a writer for the greater part of my life. As the editor of my college newspaper, it became clear writing was what I wanted to do. During my last two years of college, I interned at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, where I received my first newspaper byline. Today, as an author and publisher, my aim is to write three to four books a year, and discover other emerging writing talents to publish.
April: What do you love about what you do?
Regina: Writing is a freedom and form of expression much like that of being a musician or painter. It's a God- given talented that comes from the soul and gets better the more it's exercised.
April: How has becoming an author aided you to help/contribute to others?
Regina: Writing allows me to reach people, genres, cultures, races and even cross gender barriers that are often blocked. It's a language of love and passion that all people seem to speak and understand.
April: Name some ways in which you are different from other authors with similar works?
Regina: My "Ish" series is original. Though many of the quotes are a throwback to our childhood, all are injected with a hearty dose of my humor and wit.
April: What advice would you offer others interested in doing what you do?
Regina: Get a journal. Write every day. Adopt a mentor who is already successful in doing what you want to do.
April: How can people reach you?
Regina: They can follow me on twitter @ DishtheIsh, or visit my website, dish the ish dot com.
Ethnic beauties, I thank the lovely Regina Griffin for joining us. To comment on this or other articles, please visit the Ethnic Beauty Forum. Click on the light bulb icon to the upper left of this interview.