About the Author
Deidra D. S. Green has frequently been quoted as saying, "Writing is like breathing. Without it, I'd die..." Deidra continues to be fascinated by the power of the written word. She has always written, and most recently decided to share her craft with the rest of the world. Deidra has authored several highly praised public works including "The Twisted Sister Series", "Exiting Gracefully", “Woman at the Top of the Stairs, "Here Comes Katrina", and "From the Outside In". Deidra has also penned a number of novellas and short stories including “Trent”, The “A Letter to My Mother” series, “The Candy Man”, “My Own Mister”, “Bearing Witness”, “16 Doors”, “48 Hours”, “Insatiable” and “Cornered”.
Deidra has continued her literary prowess as a freelance writer, literary coach, ghostwriter and professional editor, as well as authoring several books for all age groups. In 2009, she founded The Mahogany Writers Exchange (MWE), a writing group for adults interested in honing their writing craft. MWE became a virtual literary writing group in 2012.
Deidra continues to move in her passion and embrace all her writing journey has to offer. She has several projects slated for release in 2013 including The Suddenly Single Series, “Sick, Sicker, Sickest”, “Dark”, and “Interstate 64”, another in the thriller genre.
DWED: First, Tell us a little about yourself.
Deidra: Wow, where do I start? I am a mother of two wonderful children, VcToryann C’Mone and Kamerron DeAnthony Alexander. I am the founder of my company Reflected Gifts, Inc. where I provide a variety of literary services. Prior to striking out on my own, I retired with 18 years of service in child welfare. And last but certainly not least, I am a published author!
DWED: I was very touched by the background story on how you started writing, can you tell our readers about that?
Deidra: I think most writers say they have always written and for me that is also true to some degree. I have always written privately; maintaining journals, scribbling down ideas, writing in diaries. I never wrote for anyone other than me. What prompted me to start writing for others to read was a poignant word from my brother Patrick Muhammad. I had written a poem for him as a birthday present a few years ago that he dared to read out loud, much to my dismay. I was mortified and hid my face in shame as he spoke the words I intended remain private. Midway through the piece, I heard my brother’s voice crack. I peered through the fingers shielding my face and noticed he had gotten choked up. Then I paid attention to the fact that it was absolutely quiet in the room of 60 plus people with the exception of a few others I noticed were tearing up and crying as well. I was mortified feeling like I had ruined the previously happy mood of the party. He finished the piece and thankfully moved on to opening the remainder of his gifts. Later on that evening, he pulled me to the side and said to me, “You have a story to tell and no one can tell that story but you.” Now mind you, he is my younger brother and my first thought was, “what does he know?” But something about what he said stuck with me.
I pondered his words over the next couple of days and decided I would make a public declaration into the atmosphere. I spoke to the Creator and said, ‘if there is something I am supposed to do with this writing thing then I need a clear, unquestionable sign from you. I have to admit it was more like a challenge; a way to prove that my brother really didn’t know what he was talking about. That very night I sat straight up in my bed. It was 3:30 in the morning and my mind was flooded with words, thoughts and ideas. I brushed it off and reasoned that it must have been something that I ate. The second and third night it happened again. Between 3:30 and 4:00 in the morning I sat straight up. Ideas, thoughts, words, story plots, one-liners flooded my mind. I tried to ignore it and found it hard to sleep. By the fourth night, I physically got up out of the bed, went to my desk and wrote down everything I was thinking and finally was able to go back to bed. By the seventh night, I thought it a bit weird but still got up wrote everything down and was able to sleep. By the ninth night I had moved the notebook closer to my bed so when I awoke, I rolled over, turned out the lamp next to my bed and jotted down the flood of ideas that plagued my thoughts. By the 13th night, I had pulled the notebook in my bed and was scribbling in the dark hoping that what I wrote I would be able to read the next day. My brother spoke life to my gift and the Creator gave me a clear sign. That was two years ago. Needless to say, I have been writing every since.
DWED: What are some things that inspire your stories?
Deidra: I am still writing from that notebook from two years ago. There were so many wonderful ideas that came out in my time of awakening that I still have yet to pen. I am always inspired by that time in my life. Of course I have had other ideas and inspirations since that time. It doesn’t take God writing in the sky all the time for me to get an idea. It can be the simplest thing – something spoken or not spoken; things I’ve seen, people. I love to watch people so much of my inspiration is drawn from human interaction.
DWED: Who would you say has been a major influence in your life?
Deidra: Life has been a major influence in my life. I have learned so much about who I really am as a person because of the things I have experienced. My family is also a major influence. They keep me grounded. To them I am just mom, daughter, sister, cousin, niece, granddaughter. My relationship with the Creator is everything. He is at the center of all that I am and all that I do.
DWED: What are some of your favorite genres?
Deidra: I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers, suspense and true crime.
Deidra: I would like to think so. I intentionally do not box myself in as a writer. I don’t write genre-specific. I write what speaks to me.
DWED: Let’s go into your work, not only are you a published Author, but you wear other hats as well. Can you give us an in-depth look into your work world?
Deidra: I do wear a few other hats…lol… I am a freelance writer and write for clients all over the world. In my freelance work, I specialize in academic writing. I am a ghostwriter, editor for a publishing company and a literary consultant.
DWED: What is a typical day in Deidra’s life?
Deidra: Every day, seven days a week I am up by 5 – 5:30 in the morning. I like the early morning hours. I start my day with prayer and planning for the day. I try to get at least an hour or so of writing in while the world is still relatively quiet. Because I work from home I take my children, niece and nephew to school and the dog to doggie daycare and have them dropped off by 8:30a.m. From about 9a to 3:30pm I am writing; whether it’s for a client or myself. In between I may field client calls, but I try to channel my energy during that time to writing. I do afternoon pick up from 3:30 to 5p.m. Once we are back home it’s time for mommy duty; homework, dinner, family time, baths, chores, etc. After mommy duty, it’s back to work. I field calls, check emails, review contracts, etc. By about 9p.m. the majority of my mommy responsibilities are over. From 9 until I can’t see straight I squeeze in more writing. Sleep comes when it comes and sometimes it doesn’t come at all and it starts all over again the next day.
DWED: Has the journey to finding yourself as well as your life’s journey been hard? Why?
Deidra: I wouldn’t say necessarily that it has been hard. We all have individual challenges and struggles that we deal with in this life. I can say that there have been some unexpected situations that served to change the course of my life. I would have never expected to lose my sister at 33 and find myself widowed at 35, pregnant with our second child. Those kind of unexpected situations have certainly altered the trajectory I had for myself. But it is also those situations that have shaped me into the woman I am today.
DWED: Which title was your breakthrough published work?
Deidra: I don’t know if I have written my breakthrough published work. I have had tremendous response to the books and series that I have written don’t get me wrong. “From the Outside In” is where many readers were introduced to me. The Twisted Sister Series and “Woman at the Top of the Stairs” is where readers got to see another side of me. But as far as a single breakthrough work that has my name on the lips of massive amounts of readers around the globe, I believe that one is still in the works!
DWED: Was it hard getting your name out there and getting the kind of following for your work that you wanted?
Deidra: I have great readers who support me, challenge me and encourage me. I feel like whoever is supposed to read my work will read it. I have not yet arrived. I am always striving to increase my readership and the best way I know to do that is to consistently put out fantastic reads.
DWED: Would you say it were a struggle or triumph putting yourself and you work out there?
Deidra: I would say it has been and continues to be a triumphant struggle. There are super high points and very low points. This business is not made for the faint at heart. You have to remain current, keep writing and encourage your readers to share you with others. It has been a wonderful journey thus far and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
DWED: Are you working on any collaboration’s?
Deidra: I am working on a collaboration or two – one under one of my pen names and one under my name.
DWED: What is something that you would like to see more of in the world of Authors, self published or otherwise?
Deidra: I really can’t speak to what I would like to see in the world of authors. I can say that I respect authors who grind and hustle hard, know who they are and love what they do without the need to diminish anyone else.
DWED: What can readers expect from you in 2013?
Deidra: Readers can expect several new projects from me this year. I am currently working on several stand alone projects and another series. If all things go according to plan, “Let the Church Say” will be released April 2013; “Sick, Sicker, Sickest will be released in June 2013; Woman at the Top of the Stairs II: Sweet Revenge will be released August 2013 and Interstate 64 will be released October 2013. In between, my newest series, The Suddenly Single Series will continue with monthly releases. There are three installments currently out – “So Undeserving”, “Infidel”, “Barely Hanging on”, and the fourth installment, “Duchess” is coming soon!
DWED: You have a very extensive site. Not only does it give your viewers a link to your published work, but it also details your current projects. Can you tell us about a couple of your pending titles?
In addition to the titles listed above there are several other stories that are in various stages of progress: “Fit”, “Dark”, “Storm Chaser” “Deadly Traffic”, “Chaste” “Eden: A Beautiful Evil” and many more. Just stay tuned is all I can say!
DWED: what advice would you give to struggling and new writers out there?
Deidra: Find your own voice and stay true to it. Be authentic! Don’t follow trends or the whims of others. Write because you love it not because you want to profit from it. If you write from your soul, bleed on the page and stay true to who you are, the money and accolades will come. Study, research, write, repeat!
DWED: Is there anything that we have not covered that you would like your readers to know?
Deidra: I would like to thank DWED for this tremendous opportunity to share a bit of who I am with you. I really appreciate it.
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Updates coming soon!
Links for Purchasing Books
Twisted Sister: http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Sister-ebook/dp/B0082BJFE6/ref=la_B0079LSQV8_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361494441&sr=1-1
Twisted Sister II: Twisted's Revenge: http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Sister-II-Twisteds-ebook/dp/B00AAKILXS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363736651&sr=1-1&keywords=twisted+sister+ii
Twisted Sister III: After the Twist: http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Sister-III-After-ebook/dp/B00AQ1H6G4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363736689&sr=1-1&keywords=twisted+sister+iii
Woman at the Top of the Stairs: http://www.amazon.com/Woman-at-Top-Stairs-ebook/dp/B009YHDSDG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363736740&sr=1-1&keywords=woman+at+the+top+of+the+stairs
From the Outside In http://www.amazon.com/From-the-Outside-In-ebook/dp/B00810X7NI/ref=la_B0079LSQV8_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363374096&sr=1-16