About Rashima Wilson:
Rashima Wilson is a born-and-bred native of Shreveport “Ratchet City” Louisiana. She worked a myriad of jobs – including postal worker, receptionist, bus driver – before finding her true calling as a writer. She enjoys travel, reading urban fiction, writing (of course!) and spending time with family.
What inspires you to write?
Like a lot of authors, my desire to write spawned from a love of reading. That, coupled with my own life experiences, convinced me that I had stories to tell (and possibly an audience that wanted to hear them).
Tell us about your writing process.
I find it hard to define my process, but I guess I would say seat-of-the-pants. I generally have an idea for a story and just run with it. Of course, in many cases the characters have already been around for a while in my head, so it’s just a matter of bringing them to life for the reader.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Ha-ha! yes, I certainly listen to them. (Talking to them is another story.) Characters tend to have, well, character – and I try to make their behavior consistent with that when I tell a story. That being the case, it’s important to listen to and interact with them.
What advice would you give other writers?
To just write. It’s to start writing a book, harder to keep at it, and even tougher to finish. But just plugging away at it if that’s your dream.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was aware of the traditional publication route and it just seemed long and arduous – even more so for an author of a non-traditional genre like urban fiction. After doing a little research and speaking to some people who had been writing for a while, I just didn’t feel like putting in the time, effort and money to go down that path. It just seemed easier to bet on myself and charge forth, so I self-published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self-publishing will continue to blossom, becoming a path for authors rejected by traditional publishers to find an audience. (It’s also become another path for indies to get noticed by the industry.) I think it will get harder and harder to get noticed as more and more people try their hand at writing books, so there will have to be a focus on quality writing. Indies are going to have to make their books indistinguishable from traditionally published works.
I think that other ebook platforms outside of Amazon will have to get their act together. Right now, my impression is that it’s difficult to promote at other places, so they’re going to have to figure out better ways to shine the spotlight on indie authors or they’re going to end up losing more and more people to Amazon.
What genres do you write?: urban fiction, african american, women’s fiction, urban, romance, street fiction, street lit
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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