Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE UNDER-APPRECIATED NOVEL?
Sparkle Riley: Star.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU BALANCE MAKING DEMANDS ON THE READER WITH TAKING CARE OF THE READER?
Sparkle Riley: By engaging them into my story.
Romelia: AS A WRITER, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS YOUR MASCOT/AVATAR/SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Sparkle Riley: My Avatar would be a Sparkling Magenta Flower. It enchants and mystifies the imagination.
Romelia: WHAT DO YOU OWE THE REAL PEOPLE UPON WHOM YOU BASE YOUR CHARACTERS?
Sparkle Riley: Their voice and eyes.
Romelia: HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?
Sparkle Riley: One. Like I had this fantastic idea in my mind and now I just can’t get into it!
Romelia: WHAT DOES LITERARY SUCCES LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
Sparkle Riley: Recognition, self-confidence and writing from the heart!
Romelia: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MARKET YOUR BOOKS?
Sparkle Riley: Author Interviews, Podcasts and Book Signings. Be active locally, by participating in Community Events. Social Networks and outlets are a must. To get your name out there! Try to reach readers though personalized Author Pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Carry your business cards at all times. It should contain contact information, websites and the Genres that you write in. Stand-out and be creative and unique! Most importantly, be yourself!
Romelia: WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH DO YOU DO, AND HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND RESEARCHING BEFORE BEGINNING A BOOK?
Sparkle Riley: I rarely do. I write about topics that I am familiar with or have encountered. It could be a crazy dream or a nightmare that I had. It could be the mood that I’m in. A feeling, an impulse or just my imagination.
Romelia: DO YOU VIEW WRITING AS A KING/QUEEN OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?
Sparkle Riley: A Queen of Spiritual Practice possibly. I never thought of that concept before, but I am intrigued!
Romelia: WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT WRITING CHARACTERS FROM THE OPPOSITE SEX?
Sparkle Riley: For me it is stereotyping specific genders based on my personal opinions. I try not to categorized my male characters as all being cheaters, liars and deadbeats. I want some of them to exhibit artistic, romantic and liberal characteristics. I don’t want my female characters to be insecure, or gold-diggers or bitter either. I try to find a realistic balance between the two, while keeping an open mind.
Romelia: HOW LONG WERE YOU A PART-TIME WRITER BEFORE YOU BECOME A FULL-TIME ONE?
Sparkle Riley: I am still a part-time, aspiring writer! I started writing 13 months ago! I started writing stories on my Android Phone. Over the Summer, I purchased my very first laptop!
Romelia: HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?
Sparkle Riley: I tend to write about one to two hours a day now. In the beginning of my writing career, I had super adrenaline. I just wanted to write, write, write. I would get an idea and wanted to put in a story right away. Before, I would write for six hours straight. The results were terrible for me. It made the story appeared to be too rushed. My ideas would be all over the place. If I was tired, it showed in my writing. The readers will get lost easily in the story. Especially, since I rarely outline. I typically write as I go along. I never have a beginning, middle and an end when I start. I like to just go with the flow of things for now.
Romelia: WHAT PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE DO YOU FIND YOU WRITE ABOUT MOST OFTEN? (CHILD, TEENAGER, YOUNG ADULT).
Sparkle Riley: Experiences in life. Childhood friendships and rejections. As a teenager, I write about peer pressure and self-confidence. As an adult, I tend to write about single parents, co-parenting and all the drama that comes with it. I tend to give those stories a romantic flair, hope and perseverance. I portray them as independent, mature and realistic, too.
Romelia: HAVE YOU READ ANYTHING THAT MADE YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT FICTION?
Sparkle Riley: No, not really. Every Author is unique and talented in their own right. There are enough shelves in the world for all of us to display our work!
Romelia: WHAT ARE THE ETHICS OF WRITING ABOUT HISTORICAL FIGURES?
Sparkle Riley: I have never written about Historical Figures! I know that it would take expertise and research.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU SELECT THE NAMES OF YOUR CHARACTERS?
Sparkle Riley: I creatively choose their names according to their personalities or character traits.
Romelia: DO YOU READ YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BAD OR GOOD ONES?
Sparkle Riley: I always do with gratitude. It’s a learning experience for me! If there is something that I could do better, by all means let me know! If they like it, it pushes me to do better. I want all my readers to enjoy my books!
Romelia: DO YOU HIDE ANY SECRETS IN YOUR BOOKS THAT ONLY A FEW PEOPLE WILL FIND?
Sparkle Riley: No, I’m pretty much an open book. If I drive a hooptie, I’m telling my readers. If I mess up, they know it. I don’t try to be somebody that I’m not. I will admit to my mistakes. I like to add a little humor naturally from time to time!
Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE?
Sparkle Riley: For me, crime scenes! To think like a murderer, fleeing convict or a criminal is different. I literally had to walk in their shoes to commit their crimes. It was equally difficult to play the part as the victim as well. I made it through by using my creativity.
Romelia: DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?
Sparkle Riley: Always to boost my self-esteem. I have days when I wonder if this is my calling. I am very passionate about my writing. There are still days, where I have doubts. Googling my name, gives me hope! I know that I made it. I tried my best and I am living my dream one book at a time!
Romelia: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?
Sparkle Riley: I gave up being set in my own ways. I am always open to new ideas, constructive criticism and advice. If I have to write it over, I’ll do it over and over again. I have learned to listen without judgment or fear. It’s like climbing a ladder to me. I have to go at my own pace and take one step at a time.
Romelia: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY JOURNALS?
Sparkle Riley: I have too many to name! I read journals that interest, inspire and intrigue me.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?
Sparkle Riley: All the Fairytales as a little girl! I loved the Princess Characters the most!
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Sparkle Riley: What you see is what you get. I can be a little comedian at times. I crack people up out of the blue. I always hear, is she cracking jokes or did she just say that. At the end of the day, I try to let loose. I don’t want to be stiff and serious all the time! I was always shy and nerdy as a kid. I rarely let my hair down and just lived in the moment. I was always perfectly prepared for the unknown. Now, I’m like whatever! Latrese girl, you got this!
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Sparkle Riley: I’m a new, self-published Author. I don’t have any experience. I am literally learning as I go along. I am enjoying every second of it, too. There’s no other place that I’d rather be. There’s nothing like freedom of expression, my new laptop and Hazelnut Latte! As far as what I hate about the world that we live in. I wish that everyone had equal rights and freedom to do what they love. Some Countries, don’t have those advantages and privileges.