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Exclusive Interview with the Creators of Hopeful Heartbreakers Book Blog

We usually use our platform to shine light on authors. This month we've decided to interview ourselves to shine light on us and our reading habits. We sent each other five questions each to help you guys get to know a little bit more. Keep scrolling and get acclimated with the creators of Hopeful Heartbreakers Book Blog.




What book did you last finish? When was that?


Bambi 3 by Ladii Nesha and I finished it on 09/25.

What book are you planning to read next?


Currently reading Biker Boyz by Dominique Thomas & A Reluctant King by K'wan. I started as soon as I wrapped up my last read.

Which book was the last one you really really loved?


Last Stop from Innocence by Takerra Allen. That book gave me all the feels. I love a good ole 90's book and a writer who can vividly paint the picture when story telling.

If you could be a character from a book for just one day who would you be and why?


Amore! Take me back to the 90's and be loved on by Gabe 😍 I wanna be DJ Avery too, cause Lake is OMG! 😍😍

Where is your favorite place to read?


Don't laugh, but my car. Sasha doesn't let me read in peace... I also like going to restaurants and sitting on their patio... All I need is good weather, a book and my earbuds. Oh, and a drank!



Why don’t you like romance?


I don't dislike romance! I just shy away from novellas because there isn't that build up to how the characters fell for one another.


If you had to choose a couple from a book you’ve read, which couple is the most like you and your Bae?


This is a hard one... Maybe Jah and Jazmin from Crush by Ivy Symone. Yaing will sco on me in a heartbeat and loves the hell outta Sasha. We're not toxic as they are tho lol


What book made you fall in love with reading?


My daddy. My brothers and I got our love for literature because of him. At a young age he put books in our faces. He was that parent that got you books as a gift. I remember getting out of school and he would have me read to him as he was driving us home. I told him the light would turn green and he didn't give a damn lol!


Have you ever considered becoming an author yourself?


Heck naw! Ok, maybe when I was a kid, but I'm glad I didn't pursue it. Readers are crazy.



Which author’s work do you connect with the most and why?


This is a hard question. I got a list of one clickers but I don't wanna leave anyone out.





 





What are you currently reading?


I am actually reading a couple of things right now, but for different purposes. I've been trying to finish Anti-Racist Psychotherapy by David Archer for the longest, but I haven't had the opportunity to finish. That book is for professional use.


For pleasure, I would like to finish Angela Davis: An Autobiography before the year is over. I started it but haven't finished.

What was the last book you added to your TBR pile?


The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. As you know, I love nonfiction, and I just know in my soul this book is about to be juicy. There's a movie coming out soon based off of this book, and I'd like to have this finished before I go see the movie.


What was the last book you bought?


BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and The Black Mafia Family.

You know, I gotta learn more about my new baby daddy.


Which character from a book is most like you?


I would say Regina from Takerra Allen's Seasons of Fidelity. What resonated with me the most was her undying love for Ray. Although she attempted to move on from him when he went to prison, she just couldn't ignore the love she had for him. She was a good girl, but would pop tf off when need be. I can relate to all of that.

How do you sort your book shelves?


I have my shelves sorted by genre and purpose, lol

To the far left, I have the books that I will probably never touch again. Then as you move to the right, they're sorted by genre: African American history, Urban Lit, and then my more professional, social work/psychological texts. Right in the middle is a tribute to my baby (dog) that passed away.



What/who made you fall in love with reading?


My mom is the one who always encouraged me to read. She was an English teacher and editor, so she always had a book in my face. I can remember her buying me the American Girl series, Addy's series to be exact. I would read those books over and over just because she was a black girl. I think that's when I became infatuated with African American literature.



What do you enjoy about editing?


I'm always looking for ways to help our people. I get a huge sense of accomplishment from helping Black authors meet their literary goals. I am validated every time an author tells me how much I've helped them or to read a review that says that an author's writing has improved. That's what keeps me going.


What have you learned about yourself since you dived into the literary world?


Well, I've always known that I wasn't really a people person (I like to describe myself as an extroverted introvert). But being a founder of Hopeful Heartbreakers has really brought that to the light for me. I don't like being in the spotlight at all, and as much as I try to put myself out there, the more it rings true, lmao



What’s your favorite genre?


Non-fiction


Since the creation of the group, which author’s work have you been happy to be introduced to?


Soooo many, and I'm probably about to leave some authors out, but these are the first that come to my mind:


Johnni Sherri

Ty Marshall

Takerra Allen

Bella Jay

B. Love

T'Ann Marie

Nina




 


How do you find the time to read so many books?