Patrice: How did your journey as an author began?
Kevelyn: My journey as an author began when I was in elementary school. I won writing contests and poetry slams in the 6th grade. I grew my confidence in writing and practiced different writing styles. When I got to the 9th grade, I attempted to write my first book, but it went incomplete after six pages. January 2020, my friends and I made vision boards, and the first goal I added was to write my first project. Seven months later, my project was published.
Patrice: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue?
Kevelyn: Yes, writing was a passion I still had but never knew how to take my skills to the next level. I thought becoming a writer was unrealistic for someone with my background and education level, so I placed the possibilities on the shelf and thought of it as “just a dream” until I started to take it more seriously.
Patrice: Who motivated you?
Kevelyn: What motivated me to write was self-determination, easy targeted goals, and the possibility of inspiring someone by telling my stories and testimony.
Patrice: What inspired you to write your first book?
Kevelyn: Before writing the first page of my book, I had several childhood flashbacks (the good and the bad). I questioned why these scenes were repressing in my memory. After praying to God and seeking understanding, it was evident that the time was now. It was finally the right time to treat myself with a gift that can bring me closure, inspire others, and passed down to generations after me. The determination inspired me throughout my writing.
Patrice: How does it feel to be a published author?
Kevelyn: It is an honor to be labeled a “Published Author” because the most challenging part is finishing what you started to make it to the publishing process. It is unquestionably a high accomplishment, and I will forever be grateful I made it this far along.
Patrice: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced, if any?
Kevelyn: The challenges I am currently facing are figuring out what project to take on next and understanding what direction I want to lead my writing career and supports.
Patrice: What genre do you write on?
Kevelyn: The genre of my first project was an African American Memoir.
Patrice: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
Kevelyn: The golden message I want all readers to take away is you are more significant when you live limitlessly. I hope they take out an endless amount of hope and encouragement to tell their own stories and never let the doubt, judgment, or weak assumption get in the way of their dreams or restrict their capabilities in life.
Patrice: What does being an author mean to you?
Kevelyn: Being an author means producing creative work through words, wisdom, and connection. It means to be a visionary through literature.
Patrice: If you could co-author with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Kevelyn: If I could co-author with another author, it would be Maya Angelou. She taught me what writing meant and, most importantly, how to express myself in my writing. She was just a phenomenal woman.
Patrice: Do you have a favorite book that you have read in the past?
Kevelyn: Yes, I am a fan of Maya Angelou and Sharon G. Flake. My favorite books are I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings and The Skin I’m In.
Patrice: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
Kevelyn: Yes, I would love to write full time, and I hope to fulfill this goal one day.
Patrice: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author.
Kevelyn: Marketing is one of the challenging and most essential parts of becoming an author. You must know how to market to build your fan base and supportive group. I started selling two months before publishing. I posted snippets of parts of my chapters and used my book cover to make merchandise for the release date. While I finalized my writing, I created a Facebook, Instagram, and website dedicated to my work. Social media is the best platform to connect with readers and other authors. I joined Facebook groups and networked with others to put my work out there and gain followers. It is still new to me, but I learn different strategies every day. The top three key strategies that have helped me gain an audience are 1) Determine the best time and frequency to post 2) Develop unique ways to stay connected and engaged with your supports 3) Joining Facebook groups to connect and network with a wide range of talented and exciting supports.
Patrice: Do you have any current book projects that you are working on?
Kevelyn: Although I have outline multiple projects, I am currently not working on a new project until the beginning of 2021.
Patrice: How many books have you published in total?
Kevelyn: I am a new author with one book title. “Don’t Classify Me” and one prayer journal published.
Patrice: How can readers connect with you and support you?
Kevelyn: The best way to communicate with me is on or join the Facebook group called Don’t Classify Me (inspiring stories) and my website: http://www.kevelyntellez.com
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