Like my life depends on it. In some ways it does. When people ask if I like writing I get the same little smile. Do they like to breathe? Do they like for their heart to beat?
The stories have always been there. They have always waited for me to decide to tell them. It's the biggest, and best, gift I've ever been given.
The ones I've written and the ones I want to read. They remind me that I've written novels before-I can do it again. The books I want to read? Well, I have to reward myself somehow.
In a Yeti. Made with my pour-over and my Ikea kettle. Because I'm fancy, fancy.
Music is my other addiction. I have a playlist for every mood, every thought, every type of book I would write. Ask me about the playlists I made for each of the New Money Girls and the men they end up with.
Sometimes I feel like I've had more laptops than boyfriends in my life (this is sadly untrue). My favorites have always been MacBooks.
You can't draw water from an empty well. The more I read the more I see the places I'd like to improve as a writer. I study what writers do and don't say, how they introduce their characters, how they describe the characters' world.
For those ideas that come out of nowhere, I've always got a notebook and more pens and pencils than necessary in my purse or pocket.
My world did not shrink because I was a Black female writer. It just got bigger.