Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Ren Lowe: The most challenging part is coming up with rhyming words that go along with the story line.
Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?
Ren Lowe: Yes my family does, especially my husband.
Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Ren Lowe: I probably would have taken a few more literature courses in college.
Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
Ren Lowe: We write rhythmic children’s books, with an average of around 800 words, so on average it takes about 10 days to actually complete the story line.
Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?
Ren Lowe: No, I don’t believe there is such a thing as writer’s block. I believe that when you’re stuck, just change the narrative and start a new story.
Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Ren Lowe: At the point when they pick up a pen and write their thoughts on paper.
Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
Ren Lowe: In my opinion the only difference is for an author the work that you’ve written has been put on some kind of platform for others to read.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
Ren Lowe: My father taught me “knowing is half of the battle” which means for me, I know that I won’t please everyone with my books. So knowing that upfront allows me to take negative removes very well, my book wasn’t the book for them.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Ren Lowe: Keeping the storyline simple. when writing children’s books you don’t want to over complicate the story line. However just like my 7 year old daughter and co-author, she and I have such vivid and colorful imaginations that sometimes we can get lost in the story.
Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
Ren Lowe: I have been writing since I was about 9 years old. Kameryn is 7 and she has been writing with me since July.
Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Ren Lowe: Don’t rush. Take your time and enjoy the process of writing.
Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
Ren Lowe: Good writing creates emotions amongst your reader. Good writing needs great details so that your reader can really place themselves in the story.
Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?
Ren Lowe: The plot. I believe that once you figure out the plot and direction of the story , you can plug your characters in.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
Ren Lowe: I base my plot on how I’m feeling, or how others are feeling (Children). If there is a subject or topic that I think needs to be told or explored from an african-american or diverse character’s point of view, then that becomes my plot. Kameryn helps me develop my characters. Whatever her colorful imagination comes up with is what I use.
Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
Ren Lowe: Once I began to write poetry in the 8th grade, that’s when I began to acknowledge myself as a writer.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Ren Lowe: We use social media to engage with our audience by reading books every Sunday at 7pm to help increase literacy and encourage our young audience to read. We call the show Story-time Sundays with Kam. I also make sure that I’m a part of certain groups that are beneficial to me as an author, parent, and mother. That way it helps me stay informed on what’s going on.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
Ren Lowe: My favorite part of publishing a book is getting the illustrations back and watching the story come to life. My least favorite part is making sure all of the technical things are accurate with margins and formatting and edits.
Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
Ren Lowe: I would say unless you are a professional , hire someone to do it. There is no point in writing a wonderful book that no one is going to read because your book cover doesn’t look professional.
Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Ren Lowe: So far Kameryn and I have written 7 books. My favorite one is about a little girl who doesn’t allow anything to defeat her. She is unstoppable.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?
Ren Lowe: The ending. As I stated earlier. Sometimes I can get lost in my own stories so deciding when to actually end the book was the most challenging thing.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?
Ren Lowe: I loved writing about the adventures that Kam and sugar pie go on. Imagining going to all of those places put me in such a happy space.
Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?
Ren Lowe: Kameryn relates to Kam the most because she too is a little brown girl, with a vivid and colorful imagination who wears her hair in puffs. I can also relate to Kam because as a child and even now, I dream big, and in color as well.
Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?
Ren Lowe: Yes My Magical Brown Unicorn will be a series, we haven’t decided on which book will be released next, however we will be introducing more unicorns.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Ren Lowe: I’m afraid of spiders.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Ren Lowe: I am very ambitious. Food makes me happy. I used to want to be a cheerleader in middle school. One thing that I dislike about this world is its lack of compassion for humanity. Kameryn is full of energy, she loves drawing, and she barely sits still for long. Kameryn doesn’t like that people sometimes are disrespected just because of their skin color.