About Dr. Jobyna Terry:
Dr. Jobyna Terry is a recent law school graduate from the Charlotte School of Law. Before coming to law school, Dr. Terry attended the Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Terry discovered she had a knack for writing. As an elementary student, she wrote short stories for an in-class competition, which was started by her teacher Mrs. Royster. In her teenage years, she wrote songs and poetry. During law school, Dr. Terry’s writing style changed a bit to become more concise, but it did not change the passion she had for writing. She always had a passion for story telling which is why it came easy in certain classes.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration comes from giving a child the opportunity to see themselves through the characters in my book. With society’s perception of beauty, it is very hard for children to discover themselvesby what they see on television. That’s why reading is so important to take children away from the TV and give them back their imagination through a book.
Tell us about your writing process.
I really just sat down and made the characters similar to my family. I graduated law school so I wanted the mother to be a lawyer. Everything else flowed with what I envisioned my life to be when I started a family. Jordan was my focus because of my Goddaughter. She is the light of my life and she is all the things that Jordan is in the book. I used the words to guide my illustrations of the characters. I am a very visual person, therefore I saw what I wanted each scene to look like. It was a really enjoyable process bring the book to life.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I put myself in the character’s role and talk it out as I would if I was talking to my Goddaughter or parentds.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would advise other writers to trust themselves and trust their skills. If you have a writer’s block take a step away from the work and do something else. You can use other images just to keep your writer’s juices flowing. Another option would be just to write through it, even if it is something totally unrelated to your project.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My decision to self-publish was for the benefit of the customer as far as pricing. Another big factor was the creative control that I had over my own project. I would advise new authors to do what feels right to them because it did not feel right for me to mark my book price up really high because a lot of parents are single parents.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think a lot more people are going to buy Ebooks.
What genres do you write?: Children’s books
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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