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Tranisha Harkless is a freelance writer, Cosmetology Instructor, mother of two, and the author of her debut Workbook & Self Discovery journal titled Refining Your Life Through the Fire. She first began writing as an adolescent, writing short stories and poems. This continued on into her adult years until she entered into writers block for over six years. Her debut book came about during a time in her life where she really had to pull on God to keep from falling into depression. She is a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ, and a native of Beaumont, Texas. She has a solid foundation in Christ and is doing all she can to keep that foundation solid for her and her children. Tranisha is often found encouraging others to be better versions of themselves, to follow their dreams and utilize their God given gifts and talents. Her favorite scripture in the Bible is “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” -Habakkuk 2:2
“When reading my books, I would like for people to get encouragement. I would like them to feel the love of God coming from my words. I want people to know that through it all, God is always there and seeing them through”.
BLAQVERSITY MAGAZINE: How did your journey as an author begin?
TRANISHA HARKLESS: I’ve always written, whether it was poems, or short stories. I decided to publish after my 6 years of writers’ block was lifted. My divorce was finalized and the same day I wrote my first book.
BLAQVERSITY: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue? Who motivated you?
TRANISHA: I never thought about becoming a published writer, it just happened. My spiritual mother Pastor Simon was a huge motivator for me. She encouraged me to push on. I have to say between her, my Apostle, my parents Lawrence and Cathy, my sisters Cherica, Tracy and Shecketha, as well as my church family. I had some true motivators at a time I really needed it.
BLAQVERSITY: What are some of your favorite authors out right now?
TRANISHA: One of my favorite authors has always been Maya Angelo. A few others are John Eckhardt, James Patterson, and Cindy Trimm.
BLAQVERSITY: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
TRANISHA: A few challenges I’ve faced has been getting exposure and really learning the ins and outs of being a Self-Published author.
BLAQVERSITY: How many books have you written? What is your genre?
TRANISHA: I’ve written five books thus far, with one of them being published as of now. My current genre is Religion, Spirituality with plans to expand into Children’s and Christian Romance.
BLAQVERSITY: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
TRANISHA: When reading my books, I would like for people to get encouragement. I would like them to feel the love of God coming from my words. I want people to know that through it all, God is always there and seeing them through.
BLAQVERSITY: Do you have any writing tips/suggestions for any new author who wants to write their book but doesn’t know where to start?
TRANISHA: I would suggest getting a writing coach and an editor that doesn’t know you. Take your craft serious, but also have fun doing it.
BLAQVERSITY: Are you currently working on any new book projects? If so, when can we expect them to be released?
TRANISHA: Yes, I am working on two separate books and a line of journals. On the Path to Purpose is my next book and should be released at the end of April, and the others by the summer.
BLAQVERSITY: What does being an author mean to you?
TRANISHA: Being an author means being able to reach many. My ministry is worked through my words and it’s a beautiful feeling to know that my words, inspired by God, are being able to help people I may never meet. Being an author means being able to completely express yourself and bring life to your words as well as the words of others.
BLAQVERSITY: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
TRANISHA: I can’t really say where I see myself because I’m allowing God to lead my life, but I would like to be a New York Times best selling author, and the owner of a full service Salon here in Texas.
BLAQVERSITY: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
TRANISHA: I never considered being a full-time author until you asked this question. It’s a great thought and I would actually love that; I could work ministry full time as well as writing.
BLAQVERSITY: If you could co-author with any author in the world, who would it be and why?
TRANISHA: If I could co-author with any author, it would have to be Maya Angelou. I know she is no longer with us, but I would have loved to pick her brain and co-author a book with her. There are so many great authors out there. If I had to pick someone living, Renetta Gunn Stephens would be one of my top choices to co-author with.
BLAQVERSITY: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author? Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
TRANISHA: It’s a little challenging. But only because I’m new to it and still getting my feet wet. I mainly advertise on social media.
BLAQVERSITY: How can readers connect with you and support you?
TRANISHA: I can be found on Facebook, Author Tranisha Harkless, or on my website www.authortranisha.com
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