What made you start writing?
BM: I wanted to write stories. I wanted to read of black people loving on black people. Beyond loving the idea of building worlds and characters to live in them, I loved the idea of creating stories that I myself would enjoy reading more than once.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
BM: Writing is like aging, it gets wiser with time. I remember when I wrote my first book. I’d started many books before it, finishing none of them. When I finally finished the book I didn’t like anything about it. When I read it back and reasoned I just wasn’t as good of a writer as my favorites. This was before I learned that first drafts are rarely any good. I felt my writing style was no good compared to the published books I read by other authors. Knowing what I know now, I’d tell my younger writing self that it’ll get better with time. Finding my voice and perfecting my craft would get better the more I do it because practice makes progress.
Name your top 3 favorite authors.
BM: Sister Souljah, Mary B. Morrison, and Zane.
Can you tell us what you're working on now?
BM: I’m getting book 5, Gluttony, in my Love is Cure, Vol. 1 - Vices & Virtues series ready for release in January. I’m also doing my very best to get one more story out before New Year’s Eve which will be a follow up to my short story Home for Christmas.
How do you research for your books?
BM: Mainly Google. I also use online forums, scholarly journals sometimes, and I’ve interviewed people, mostly professionals, to make sure I’m using proper terms and the correct lingo in dialogue.
Is there a book that another author wrote that you wished you could've?