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Author Spotlight ft. J Brinkley



Where did you get your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc come from?


JB: I started writing poetry when I was a teen to get the thoughts out that I couldn't verbalize. I let a few people check out my poetry and they liked it. They also encouraged me to take up a creative writing course to write stories and I did but I didn't take it seriously until my mid 20's. I released my first book in 2015 (Tears of Evidence).


Any author(s) that you feel influenced your writing?


JB: Eric Jerome Dickey, Omar Tyree, James Patterson, Dean Koontz, etc.


What inspires you?


JB: The fear of failing. The stigma of being good for nothing. My mother and my future. I want to be that positive example for my kids when I do have some.


What are your top 3 favorite books of all time?


JB: Wow! Now, this is a hard question because there are so many great books out there.

Spirituality Before Religions by Professor Kaba Hiawatha Kamene

Blueprint for Black Power by Amos N. Wilson

New dimensions in African History by Dr. John Henrik Clark.


How do you research for your books?


JB: I use google, my knowledge or if I am uncertain about something I'll ask someone I know in that area or who I think is capable of giving me accurate information.


What is your work schedule like when you're writing?


JB: I write a chapter or two a day. This allows me to do other things for that day once done writing.


If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?