Cherlina Works. Author of When The Side Nigga is Brother. Available on Amazon!
PEN’Ashe Magazine: How long have you been a published author?
Cherlina Works: My debut novel was self-published in 2010 and was picked up by Mahogany Red Books in 2015.
PM: Describe your writing process.
CW: When I began writing, sometimes ideas flowed freely, and of course there were periods of writers’ block. I chose to self-publish because during my research of writing, I read that many first time authors have a hard time being accepted by traditional publishers. After my novel was self-published by Outskirts Press, I took the next step. And that was sending my manuscript to publishers that could help take things to the next level. One publisher, they didn’t really reject my manuscript. They sent me a letter saying that due to the volume of manuscripts that they already had, they didn’t have time to go through my manuscript and suggested finding another publisher.
PM: How many books have you published?
CW: I have published three books. My debut novel, Nothing Can Come Between Us, my sophomore novel, When The Side Nigga His Brother, and my self-published debut children’s book, Jewel’s Magical Christmas.
PM: Are you a full-time Author? If not, what struggles keep you from doing your craft full-time?
CW: No, I am not a full time author. First of all, I am just starting out. I’m not a big name author. A period of unemployment has limited my funds for promoting my books. My situation has improved a little, and in time, I will be a full time author.
PM: How do you market your work?
CW: Right now, Blackwritersspa is doing a “Blast Your Book” promotion on my debut novel. I have a book signing on April 9, 2016, postings on Facebook, and of course, word of mouth.
PM: What can we expect from you in 2016?
CW: Writing more urban fiction novels and children’s books. I’d like to try other genres, such as poetry and urban Christian fiction.
PM: What advice do you have for up and coming authors?
CW: I would advise them to stay focused and not take their gift of writing for granted. And most importantly, don’t give up your dream of obtaining your goal. Don’t let anything stand in your way. Your dream will come true.
About the Author:
A writer of urban fiction and children’s books, Cherlina Works resides in Saginaw, Michigan with her family. Her debut novel, Nothing Can Come Between Us, received the Princeton Literary Review Bronze Standard for Literary Excellence. She is the self-published author of Jewel’s Magical Christmas and is in the Annelisa Christensen Writers and Authors Group