Name: Latoya Harris
Hometown: Portmore, St Catherine, Jamaica.
Book Title: True Reflections
Dorrance Publishing (DP): Describe your book in 10 words or less.
Latoya Harris (LH): It is engaging, it’s realistic, and relatable. It is an enthralling compilation of God’s goodness.
DP: What made you want to write your book?
LH: I was faced with multiple afflictions and the inspirations kept coming. I normally write my thoughts and people also encouraged me to write.
DP: How long did it take you to write your book?
LH: It took approximately 3 hours on and off.
DP: How do you choose the names of your characters?
LH: I wrote about real-life events with real characters.
DP: What do you do when you have writer’s block?
LH: I normally just take a break from writing.
DP: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
LH: My favourite chapter is “Learning to Love”. It is my favourite chapter because I had to revisit my past and I also spoke about my mother. I’m her only child and we had problems expressing our love. Sometimes in life, you will have to revisit your past to pave the road for the future.
DP: If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why:
a. One character from your book:
LH: Joan Campbell.
b. One fictional character:
LH: No fictional character.
c. One famous person (living or dead):
DP: Besides writing, what are your other interests?
LH: Well, I am a Registered Nurse. I love my work because I love to see people being restored to health. I love to sing even though I am not gifted to sing. I do very well at encouraging people and also enjoy cooking a lovely meal.
DP: Do you keep a journal?
DP: How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?
LH: At first, I was in a place of denial. I had problems with English Language and now I am a published author. It is like I am still dreaming. I am now waking up out of the dream. Everyone is happy for me and helping me to see and believe it’s a great accomplishment. December 13th is my birthday and I celebrated by hosting a birthday party and book launch on December 14th, 2019. In Jamaica, my story has been placed in the Newspaper and the Caribbean News as well. It is all over the world via Facebook. It is a great feeling, but I am humbled.
DP: If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters?
LH: I would be one of the main characters because of the title: True Reflections. These are my reflections. In addition, my mother: Joan Campbell.
DP: What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing?
LH: The employees of the company are easy to talk with.
DP: Five favorite books of all time?
1. Rules of Engagement by Dr. Cindy Trimm
2. Woman Thou Art Loosed by T.D Jakes
3. The Lady, Her Lover, And Her Lord by T.D Jakes
4. Crushing by T.D Jakes
5. Woman by Myles Munroe
DP: One sentence of advice for other writers:
LH: We should remember that people will always remember what we say, so we should remain positive.
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