Time for our next blogger! This was another one of my favorite interviews and I am so honored to have the opportunity to introduce you all to Henny Daniels!
Let’s get started with an introduction. Tell me a bit about yourself
Well, my name is Asia but go by the pseudonym Henny Daniels. I am an amateur writer/ aspiring author of Urban Fiction and Fantasy from Orlando, FL. Currently, I reside in New Jersey where I am working part-time and slowly taking classes to earn my bachelor’s in English. I plan on pursuing an MBA as well. I am a 26 year old mother of three, a wife and budding entrepreneur. One of my major business goals is to create a publishing company and help others like myself get their creations out there as well. This industry is new to me, but I know this is where I’m supposed to be. THAT is one of the greatest feelings ever; it was a long, whindy road, but I have found my purpose! With my writing, I hope to invoke thought and induce change in the black community and society in general; I wish to contribute in educating the world– more specifically, our country– about just how diverse and amazing we as a people are, especially the Black Woman. ❤
From just that little paragraph, I already feel like you must be a fantastic writer! Could you tell me more about your blog and why you started blogging?
Thank you, I really appreciate the compliment and congratulations on all of your accomplishments so far; you seem to be very well established and focused! What a wonderful combination. I created the blog upon request from a few family members and friends so they could finally read my creative works. It seemed like a great start in establishing my writing career.
Thank you so much!! I really appreciate that That’s awesome that your family is so supportive! Does anyone else in your family write?
Oh, no problem! It took a while, but my family is supportive of what makes me happy. My husband has a collection of fictional stories as well. We actually plan on establishing the publishing company together. Aside from him, most of my family enjoys reading more so than writing.
Cool! Do you and your husband ever write together? And if you weren’t a writer what would you be?
We haven’t written together as of yet. But we do edit each other’s work and make suggestions. Not sure if we will or not in the future due to our difference in subject matter.
That is an interesting question, because I still don’t fully identify myself as a writer. I think I would pursue a career in early childhood education and childcare. My aim would be to support young people in a way that was lacking from my adolescent stages.
Do you have any favorites among your work?
Yes! My two favorites that I have available to read are my novel, Karma and a poem called Politics of Writing. Both of those pieces showcase the main feel of who I am and what I have to share with readers.
I haven’t had the time to explore your excerpts from Karma yet, but I did really enjoy the Politics of Writing. I also really love the art work! Where does the inspiration for your work come from?
Thank you so much!! This is all a big learning curve for me, so I’m still tweaking things. I’ve noticed that my pieces are very long for the platform. So now I’m trying to keep it short and sweet! I appreciate the compliments it really means a lot.
My inspiration stems from many places: life experiences, testimonies I’ve heard, the state of the black race and the things that I dislike about our society. I would say my most important source would be God. Ultimately, I just want to find a way to bring people closer together and closer to God.
You’re very welcome! I am genuinely excited to get into more of your work and see what you have coming up next! Do you ever start a story and struggle to finish it?
Absolutely! I have been attempting to write stories since about the age of 13, and I just recently completed something for the first time. Many times I have a structure for the story in mind, but lose it if I takes too long to get it down. I have much more unfinished work than finished.
So when did you realize you wanted to be a writer? Did a particular event spark your passion for writing?
Well, in school I’ve always performed best in English and Language Arts classes. My high school English teacher encouraged me to join the newspaper club, and she nominated me to be the Editor in Chief. Long story short, I LOVED it and decided that I should continue in the field.
Awesome! Its nice when a teacher recognizes talent and is supportive Do you ever get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?
Yes, I am forever grateful to her. She was more like a mother figure than a teacher.
At one point I had it for years, literally. When that happens, I take a break and live life…inspiration is all around. Another option I have is to start on something new.
Do you have any advice for writers who may be just starting out or are having a tough time?
Don’t give up! The hardest part is not the writing, but building a brand/name for yourself. I asked my favorite author, Eric Jerome Dickey for advice on building a following/audience, and he told me that is literally the whole career. It’s hard work, but you will only fail if you give up!
Great! Thank you so much! This concludes the interview unless you have any last minute details to add about yourself or your blog! Thank you again for doing this! I really appreciate it. I enjoyed learning about you.
Cool! Thank you as well I think we covered everything. Yes, please add my Twitter! Thank you for choosing me to participate! I enjoyed the process as well. It reminded me of my interviewing days at the newspaper. I’m glad to have randomly encountered your blog, and I wish you much success in your future endeavours. I appreciate the offer, and if you ever need help or collaboration, I am open and willing! I also edit if you know anyone who might need those services. Thanks again for your time and consideration. God bless!
Great! Thank you so much. This was fun. Cant wait to see whats in store for your blog and good luck with everything!
I highly recommend that you head over to check out both the writing and artwork on Asia’s blog! If you want to learn more about her, follow her on Twitter.