with my special guest author
The Shaping of an "Angry" Black Woman
About the book:
It started with my best friend Melissa. We would talk a lot on the subject of black women and how we're perceived in society. The negative views people project onto us. And I started thinking about how we are portrayed in media/books/etc. There's 3 general roles: The Slut, The Nanny, The Bitch (aka Angry Black Woman). I don't have the body type for the first, I'm not nurturing enough for the second, so I would be assigned into the third role. I wanted to contribute to this conversation-and let people know that I'm more than just a one-dimensional character. We all are.
This book was 15 years in the making. I wrote poetry, keeping them in spiral notebooks and pads. Hoping one day I’d have a home for them. I realized a couple years ago after having a near fatal medical issue, that “one day” better become “today.” The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman is my first poetry collection, where I’m discussing different aspects of life that has shaped me. It’s not all anger and vitrol. I’m much more than at. We all are. The title is more taking a stab at the popular isotype of the “angry black woman” portrayed over and over again in American media. Fortunately, Sakura Publishing believed in my vision, and now I’m proud to say, my book is available for pre-order on their site right now.
Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia, where she began writing poetry at the age of 12. Her first poetry collection is available at http://sakura-publishing.com/product/the-shaping-of-an-angry-black-woman. She has previous experience as a newspaper journalist, an event organizer, volunteer with AmeriCorps and VISTA, in addition to work with people with disabilities. She has used her writing background to capture emotions and moments in time for anthologies such as Empirical Magazine, her blog PenPaperPad and writing articles as a full-time freelance writer. She is a hillbilly hermit in Honolulu living with her Mathemagician.
The reason behind my name: Direct Link
A poem from the book: Hot Comb Self-Deception: Direct Link
Hi Tamara and welcome to my blog!
When did you decide that being an author was ‘thing’ for you?
I’ve always been a writer. I finally decided last year after two bouts with fairly severe illnesses that there would never be a better time than right now. It was time to trust my instincts and go for it.
Can you tell us a little about your latest novel/release?
My latest release is titled, “The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman,” is my first poetry collection. I discuss different aspects of life that has shaped me and my observations. It’s not all anger and vitriol. I’m much more than at. We all are. The title is more taking a stab at the popular isotype of the “angry black woman” portrayed over and over again in American media.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you, if any?
The biggest challenge is just starting. That big looming empty page is daunting. Somehow I have to find something to say, and half the time I don’t even know where the words are coming from. So, it becomes a question of how do you begin---and underneath is the barely spoken words—will I have something to say? Will the words disappear?
Do you have a playlist that you write to?
I create a playlist on my Spotify account to go along with fiction when I’m writing. The poetry comes on its own accord. I don’t invite it over, he just walks in.
Are you a pre-planning plotter or a go with flow writer?
I make a small plan and then I just go with the flow. I don’t want to stifle my writing by being too restrictive.
Are you working on anything new right now, if so, can you share the details with us?
I’m working on my first fiction novel. It’s going to be part of trilogy based in West Virginia about three young women and how they come into their own as adults. It will be the young adult genre.
Which would you rather do and why:a. Base Jumping
b. Hot Air Ballooning I think it would be so peaceful to float in the air and just look down at the world below.
c. Deep Sea Diving with Sharks (No Cage – muwahahha!)
d. A Desert Trek
Which five words would best describe yourself?
What’s your personal take on E-Books, and do you prefer reading them over a traditional hard copy?
I prefer reading the hard copy, hands down. However, when I moved from the mainland to O’ahu, I had to get rid of basically all of my books. E-Books are just more convenient for travel.
If your house was about to be obliterated, as in The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, what would be the one thing you would have to save and why?
My purse, because it would have my phone, my notepad and pens.
Growing up, were you:a) A total bookworm devouring everything in sight
b) More of a comic book kid
c) Preferred pictures over words
d) Completely disinterested in books altogether
If you could choose any author to mentor you, who would it be and why?
Maya Angelou. She has the kind of career that will last for generations to come. I’d like to know how to create my writing legacy. Any advice she would give me would be a gift.
Many thanks to Tamara for joining us today with her latest poetry release.
I'm here again on Wednesday with a Book Blog Tour, hope to see you then!