It's been a minute since I have posted anything for In The Spotlight section of my blog and I am going to be sure that I do more going forward. I would like to reintroduce to you a great author in my book - I know, I know you think I say she is great because she is my beautiful wife, yeah that is one very good reason but you don't get on this blog page if you do not impress me or I think that the world should know your works.
Kiana Donae is the author of two poetry collections, Love & Ink (2014) & Love & Ink Vol.2: Reflections (2015). Her poetry has appeared in I Am Not A Silent Poet (a blogzine), Second Sight/Insight II art exhibit (Kalamazoo Institute of Art), Black Fox (literary magazine), ME! Newsletter (Hampton Publishing House, LLC) and HoneyBeNatural (a magazine). She lives in a small town in Southwest Michigan with her family. Now let's get on with the interview.
B.K. : Describe your writing style in 3 words.
Kiana Donae: Intimate, Thoughtful, Provocative
B.K.: What book character would you be, and why?
Kiana Donae: I've long been a fan of Anne Rice and her Vampire Chronicles and I'm intrigued by vampire stories and legends. So for me, I'd have to say, Merrick, she was an inherited witch from a long line of African mistresses in New Orleans. She recounts her tale with David, a vampire, and learns more about her powers. She's strong yet vulnerable, and I can relate to that.
B.K.: If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
Kiana Donae: This is hard, I believe the past is what makes us who we are in the present. I'd have to say the future, maybe 50 years from now, to see how my family turned out.
B.K.: What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Kiana Donae: She's probably tell me I was old. Lol
B.K.: Who is your greatest influence?
Kiana Donae: Myself. I love and accept the support of my husband, family, and friends. But I'm my biggest influence, I've been known to talk myself out of doing things, due to my fears or insecurities.
B.K.: What/who made you start writing?
Kiana Donae: Writing has always just been there. I can remember writing a poem about the fall time at around 8 years old. Writing just was! As I got older, it became an urge, an itch, that if I was sad, upset, or overcome with emotion of some sort, writing was what just had to happen after. Words would jumble in my head and wouldn't stop until I wrote them on paper. I'd lay in bed with lines to poems scrolling across my brain and wouldn't be able to sleep. As I've grown into adulthood inspiration can come from anywhere and I've grown to love that force now. I relish when inspiration strikes and try to take full advantage and listen to the stories being told to my pen.
B.K.: Are there other genres that you write or wish to write?
Kiana Donae: I want to dabble in fiction. I have a few ideas but haven't been able to sit down and flesh them out.
B.K.: Tell us about your current book project.
Kiana Donae: Currently I'm open to inspiration so that I can release another poetry collection this year. I have 3 collections that I'm working toward and just don't have enough pieces for each book yet.
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