Digital Book Nook recently caught up with Spirit Golden author of “Slave of Remorse.” We are excited to share this insightful interview with our readers today.
When did you first discover that you enjoy writing and wanted to become a published author?
I have always been a much better writer than speaker. I would write the difficult things I had to tell people in a letter and send it instead of talking to them. I think that has to do with my naturally shy nature. There is always a block in my speaking, whereas, I was free to say it all on paper. In high school, my creative writing teacher and my dad gave me so much encouragement, that I knew this would always be the path for me. I was published before under a different pen name, but the publishing industry has a lot of bad companies out here, and I learned a lesson about signing contracts with the one I had went with before. I decided that I wouldn’t write anything publishable until I was out of my contract with that company, which was about 7 years, but when that time came, I couldn’t write anything. There was a mental block there.
What is your favorite and the most challenging aspect of writing?
Last year, I decided to participate in Nano because I thought the competitive part of me would finally get something written if I had a clear goal. It really worked. That and creating my alter ego in Spirit Golden. I could hide behind the name.
Tell us about your latest release.
Slave of Remorse is about a woman who’s husband was killed in a hit in run. She joins a grief group and starts a relationship with the counselor only to find out that he had something to do with her husband’s accident. Then she has to decide if she will avenge her husband or if she will accept the person that the counselor is to her now. She does a lot of back and forth with that. The whole story is a journey into the woman that she becomes and why she is the way she is now.
What do you hope readers are able to get from reading your story?
I really just hope that the readers are entertained. I’m a storyteller. I want them to be engulfed in the story up until the very end.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I’m a huge fan of Terry McMillan, Maya Angelou (RIP), Eric Jerome Dickey (RIP), Langston Hughes (RIP), Nikki Turner, Sista Souljah, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison (RIP), Zora Neal Hurston, my list can go on and on. There wasn’t a point in my childhood where I didn’t have a book in my hand. The written word was always so much more interesting to me than reality. I don’t believe I read like any of them though. I wish I could be that good. I’m uniquely me. I am not just a fan of African American Lit though. I love Stephen King, John Green, Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult, especially Jodi Picoult on that list. I am a fan of books, that’s all I can say.
Do you have any advice for writers looking to get published?
Authors looking to get published should do your research on the company that you go to, make sure everything is on the up and up with them, and read your contracts. Put pen to paper and write everyday even if it has nothing to do with the story you’re working on. It will prevent writers block.
About the Author
Spirit Golden is a General Fiction, often African American Literature, short story, and novel author. She was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She currently lives in Phoenix, AZ.
To learn more about her work, visit www.spiritgolden.wordpress.com.