Versafi The Blog: How did your journey as an author began?
Dee: I’ve been writing off and on since a early teen. I started submitting articles while in college and in my late 20s on several topics. Most of my early work was just articles and submissions to publications like magazines.
VTB: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue?
Dee: No, I just used writing especially when I was younger as a means of escaping. I grew up in strict Christian home environment and self-expression wasn’t really allowed. So writing would be a means to escape my reality.
VTB: Who motivated you?
Dee: It’s not a “Who” but “What”…Life and all that comes with it. Thru all my experiences I’ve gained a new lesson and motivation to keep trying better.
VTB: What inspired you to write your first book?
Dee: My first book was a collaboration with similar authors. I just wanted to have the experience and understanding of the process. I wasn’t sure what was to come next.
VTB: How does it feel to be a published author?
VTB: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
Dee: Being able to complete the next one lol. I need to lock myself in a room and just write. It’s difficult to do so.
VTB: What genre do you write on?
Dee: Fiction and self-help
VTB: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
Dee: A sense of understanding and appreciation of knowing that they aren’t alone or not recognized. My readers need to be able to see the vulnerability and sincerity of my writing.
VTB: What does being an author mean to you?
Dee: It means being able to open, vulnerable and just not worrying about what people think about you or what you have going on. Being able share your stories and someone even if it’s just one person being moved or affected by your words.
VTB: If you could co-author with any author dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Dee: It would be with Maya Angelo. Because she was dope and a phenomenal woman.
VTB: Do you have a favorite book that you have read in the past?
Dee: Absolutely, I actually have a Silver Edition collection of it in my office. My father was an advocate for reading. He used to bring all sorts of books to me, but one book of poems by Shel Silverstein…”Where the Sidewalk Ends” has been my absolutely childhood favorite.
VTB: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
Dee: No, I can honestly say that I don’t think I’m cut out to doing anything just full-time. My brain runs too much lol.
VTB: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author.
Dee: My marketing strategies are kind of all over the place because I don’t think that you can just do the same thing and expect it to always work out the same. So doing things like book tours, signings, conferences and group settings aren’t as possible as before. Since COVID, we all have had to do things differently. So reaching people has become interesting. The internet is now more than ever our gateway. So using that to its fullest potential is become one of the strongest methods in marketing. Reaching out thru podcasts, Zoom meetings and even creating chats to acquire interests have been some great tools to address the public.
VTB: Do you have any current book projects that you are working on?
Dee: Yes, I have a very long overdue project that has been in the making for almost 8 years. It’s a personal book because of its content and one that will SHOCK most.
VTB: How many books have you published in total?
Dee: Technically 2 but I still haven’t accomplished my actual goal which being published on my own project. I’ve been published in magazines and online.
VTB: How can readers connect with you and support you?
Dee: I’m available via my website deemeadows.com or IG – deemeadows804