What inspired you to write this book?
As a professional Author, I aim to create a better understanding of the world and our place in it — a mission which has caused me to evaluate my thinking. Statistics and societal pressures have away holding you back because you are not accepted “As you are”. However, death knows no color, race, age or gender. We all will return to the earth one day. Its best we aim to be just “as we are” and break racial barriers, societal pressures and categorical boxes we place people in with statistical data.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Stop allowing fear to dictate your future. Not everyone will support you or like your truth. However, it is important sit in your truth and stand up for what you believe in. Life is not “Fair” you can sit around and have a pity party, or you can change your outlook. Let the No’s fuel you and the obstacles push you harder towards your goals. You can choose to live your best life and teach people how to treat you.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I spent less than $50.00 on my book cover. I absolutely love the cover of my book. Very professional at a low cost.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Research depends on the type of book your writing. My book was based on some real experiences that took place in my life. The book is fictional because the purpose of the book was not to focus on the facts, however the message the book is conveying to the reader.
How many hours a day do you write?
Typically, I am writing for at least 2-3 hours a day. Would love to have more time to write but mom and wife roles come first.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The hardest scene for me to write was about losing my grandmother. My grandmother was an important primary figure in my life. She really inspired me to do more and pushed me to be a better version of myself. She was the one who took me to college, and she encouraged me to be myself. Her death shook me and was the hardest thing that I had to deal with emotionally. This book was dedicated to her and her memory. The poem on the back of the book was read at her funeral in remembrance to her.
What is your favorite childhood book?
My favorite book was Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. It was a required book for English, and it was so fascinating. In addition, it presented a perspective that was so interesting about understanding what it meant to be African American in 1952. Talked about social and intellectual issues that African Americans faced in the twentieth century. A lot of these issues still relevant in the twenty first century.
Storyteller at Heart
DeCarmen Mitnaul is an upcoming rising author and she is only 29 years old. She has accomplished more with in those years than most people. She is a military spouse and she is a mother to a beautiful three-year-old. DeCarmen grew up as a military dependent and has traveled to several places but currently she resides in Texas. DeCarmen graduated from high school at age seventeen. She proceeded to graduate from Texas Lutheran University with her Bachelor’s Degree, and continued her education at Walden University receiving a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
DeCarmen recently graduated from Liberty University, where she recieved her Master’s Degree in Global Studies. DeCarmen started her first business, a non-profit, at age twenty-two, and her second business at the age of twenty-five. More recently, she started a third business and although, these are impressive accomplishments, she is most passionate about her role of motherhood. Being a mom to her four-year-old daughter is what matters most. She hopes by sharing her experiences through her book, it will inspire others to reach their full potential.
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