INTERVIEW | Ebonee Monique

Ebonee, describe yourself for our visitors. 

I am a Florida girl- born and raised- and am a hard-core entertainment new junkie! I attended Florida A&M University (FAMU) and graduated with a degree in Public Relations. I currently work in tourism marketing and the radio industry. Besides loving entertainment news/gossip, I love baking and, of course writing. I call myself the "80s baby authoress". I am a true-blue 80s baby and I love any and everything associated with my childhood. I love to laugh and hate to stress! I am every woman in the sense that I cry, I laugh, I’m joyful and I- of course- get angry. My writing is me and reflects every emotion I know people experience.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I find a quiet spot in my house, which is a nook by the front window, and I just take in his goodness. I pray daily and read The Word. I’m a firm believer that, while I love going to church, going to church will not be the only deciding factor to whether or not I get into Heaven. If I go to church every day of the week and still live wrong, God will not be giving me "cool points" for coming to church. I still have to answer to him for everything I did wrong. So my point is that, while I may not be in church every day, I praise, thank and embrace everything He is doing in my life. Because, truth be told, it’s NOTHING I did on my own. I just try to live right, reminding myself along the way that I’m a reflection of Him and, in that instant, I’m connected to Him!

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

Even though he isn’t a traditional author, Tyler Perry is one of my favorite people. My mentor Sheneska Jackson, the late BeBe Moore Campbell and Daaimah S. Poole. I can read just about anything, but it’s a point of it holding my attention and, furthermore, leaving a lasting impression on me. On my favorite books is by Zora Neale Hurston, "They’re Eyes Were Watching God". I love how her journey for love and- even more- life beyond what was the "norm" led to a great story!

Tell us about your journey to publication.

My auntie, author Carmin Wharton, told my mother about a submission call for an anthology for "The Triumph of My Soul". I wrote my submission in 10 minutes and submitted it the day before the deadline. I laughed, cried and reminisced through my characters journey to self-discovery. After I was published in the anthology, I kept in touch with Elissa Gabrielle, the publisher of "The Triumph of My Soul", and she encouraged me to submit my query letter to her publishing company for my first book "Suicide Diaries". The rest is history…

Tell us about your current book?

Suicide Diaries

When Lauren Washington’s mother is mysteriously gunned down in their neighborhood, Lauren – a nine year old from Bankhead , Georgia – must quickly grow up and become the woman of her household. Early on, Lauren finds that not dealing with her pain is easier than actually doing so. That’s why, 17 years later, when her boyfriend commits suicide, Lauren is forced to dig up all the secrets everyone tried to keep buried.

That’s when things start getting strange.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

Someone extremely close and important in my life committed suicide about 4 years ago and I’ve never been able to let that go. I think of them daily, try to think of what I could’ve done and, most of all, I miss them like crazy. So, my form of therapy was to write this book and clear the air for myself. I needed this book for myself more than I did for publishing purposes. It definitely began the healing process. For the majority of the story, I was Lauren Washington. So when she cried, I cried; when she was overjoyed so was I. It was a hard, thorough, delightful process.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on my fifth story, cranking them out at least 2 a year. Within a year I’ve written 4 full-length fiction stories and I’m blessed to (*hopefully) be publishing 2 of those 4 in 2009!

Where can visitors find you online?

www.myspace.com/eboneemonique

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