Author Interview: Tanisha Mackin

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Tell me about yourself? And what made you want to be a writer?
I am born and raised in Buffalo, New York. I now reside in Georgia with my 2 beautiful children.  I am an award-winning 3x best-selling author and award-winning publisher. I began writing after my husband was murdered on our one-year wedding anniversary. It was a way of healing for me.

What attracted you to the particular genre you are involved in? And do you stick with it consistently or do you change it up?
I love to inspire and encourage others that have been through things in their lives. I normally stay within that genre, but I would one day like to get into fiction books.

What is your writing process like? And how important is research to you when writing a book?
When I begin a new book, I write my entire book out in a notebook, type it out, print it out, go over it in read pen (add or delete things), edit it, have someone edit it and then the finish product.  Because I write about my life, I do not have to research anything.

Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? And do you have any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
I have experienced writers block a few times. What I do is get up and walk away from it for a few hours and get my thoughts in order.  That always works for me.

So tell me about what you’ve written, and has it been published?
I currently have 5 published books, I’ve co-authored in several books, including Open Your GIFTS with actress and comedian Kim Coles and I am releasing my last book in April 2019.  My first book I went through a publishing company and after that I started my own publishing company.

If you’ve had your writing published, how has it been received?
I was surprised how my books were received.  I wrote these books to heal from my loss and everyone has told me that I inspire them and encourage them to continue.  That keeps me humbled and I feel so blessed.

Is there anything you’d change or do differently now that it is published?

Speaking of publishing, how did you go about getting you book(s) published, and what was your publishing journey like?
I was fortunate to find my first publisher through a project that I was on and we just clicked.  After that, I became a full publishing company and I decided to self-publish the rest of my books.

Where can potential fans find your book(s)?
My books are currently on Amazon, Kindle or through my website

Did you do your own artwork for the book cover etc, and if not how did you go about getting it done?
Each of my books contain a photo of myself or my children, but with my publishing company, I have graphic designers who are able to do book covers.

Have you taken on board anything from a review (good or bad) that you’ve later incorporated into your writing?
Not really, I received a lot of good reviews so this keeps me grounded but I always try to do better in each book.

Are you working on something new at the moment? And can you tell us anything about your current projects?
I am currently working on my 6th book that is scheduled to be released in April 2019.  This book explains the lessons I had to learn after the passing of my husband.  I did a lot of self-reflecting and learned a lot of lessons on the way that I want to share.

How active are you on social media? And if you have social media as an author/for your books then please share links?
I am very active on social media especially Instagram. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Tell me about some writers you really like and/or admire?
I love all urban books and self-published authors. There are too many to name.

What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling with their first novels?
Most writers are scared to write or tell their personal stories.  I often tell my clients to never worry about the opinions of others, your book or story can help someone out there struggling with something.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which of your character(s) would you take with you to spend the night in a haunted house? Why?
Me, because of my strength and courage…LOL


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