1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
a. I am Tumika Patrice Cain, a poet, author, radio show host, minister, parent, friend, daughter, sister. I have a genuine love of people and desire to see individuals live their best most authentic life. My tag line is Changing lives one word at a time because I realize the importance of reaching people where they are. It is necessary to stay open to the divine connections that cross our paths. Each person is blessed to be a blessing to others and so I look for ways to speak life into those who need it. And let’s be honest, no one is at their best all the time. We all need someone to pour into us. I count it a privilege to be able to uplift and encourage others through the things I say and the words I write. I live my life by the adage of Each one reach one, Each one teach one.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
a. I love to cook and entertain. Interior design is a great love of mine and I fully enjoy beautifying the space around me. Simple pleasures go a long way with me, so time in the country by a body of water is great. I also love to travel, read, and sing.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
a. I just jot down any ideas that come to me. I will start a file on the computer to come back to when I am ready to deal with that project. Character development comes next. And of course, any research that I need to do. I do not have a set schedule to write. It depends on my work schedule and whatever other obligations I have.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
a. Ideas can come from anywhere. It could be something I’ve seen on the news or read in a magazine; a subject that I may or may not know anything about but that really strikes a chord; a stranger I see on the corner. Anything.
5. Out of all the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
a. It is the novel I am currently working on, On the Pulse of Morning. It is the quintessential story of people who decide to take their lives back and choose to live life by their own design and not by default. They have decided to not conform to other’s ideas or standards of what happiness is but have instead decided to be true to what’s in their hearts. They are following their bliss in a way I wish most of us would…and the way we could if we just embrace our own power and choose to honor that authentic voice of truth that is on the inside of us.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
a. I have a foot fetish. For as much as I love shoes, I can’t stand for my feet to be bare and walking across surfaces that could potentially be dirty. LOL. I wear shower shoes even in my own shower. *shrugs*
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written bases on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
a. A little of both. While the characters and events are entirely fiction, the inspiration for those events may have come from things I’ve seen, heard or read and I used my creative liberties to form a story with a general concept in mind.
8. Does your muse have a name and if so what is his/her name?
a. I don’t have a muse to speak of….
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
a. Well currently, I write poetry, fiction that heals, blog, and devotionals. I’d like to get into children’s books and possibly write erotica under a pen name.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
a. Karen Kingsbury, Beverly Jenkins, Pearl Cleage. And of course greats like Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. There’s also Louise L. Hay, Rhonda Byrne and T. Harv Eker of a completely different genre. So many great authors from a wide variety of writing styles and topics. They each manage to touch something in me and help make me a better person…even through fiction… If they can make me think and reflect, then they’ve done their jobs.
11. Who is your favorite female and male character from your books and why?
a. Avery from Season of Change because he has endured so many things in his life and still kept coming out on top. He was determined to make something of himself and he succeeded. When unresolved issues threatened to destroy his life, he didn’t let it, instead he was willing to roll his sleeves up and do the internal work that needed to change his life. Jacquie from On the Pulse of Morning because she is true to herself and even under extreme pressure to conform to others’ ideas of who she is supposed to be, she remains true to herself.
12. What do you think is the hardest part about being a writer?
a. Giving yourself permission to not have things be perfect the first time. Saying to yourself that it’s okay to just write even if nothing great comes out of what you have written. Of course when you are trying to get your work into the hands of those who can help you reach the masses, that process can be a challenge if you don’t know people in the industry who can or will help you. You have to remain true to the vision you have and never take no for an answer. You need to believe in yourself and what you are doing enough to keep going long after you are tired of the journey, knowing in the end it will pay off.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start being a writer?
a. Just start writing and get in the habit of writing something everyday….even if it’s just in your journal. Those entries will pay off. Sometimes something you have written in your journal could become a catalyst for a great literary piece later on if you develop it. Don’t think it has to be perfect. Give yourself permission to just write, reminding yourself that the rewriting will come.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing now?
a. By trade I am an executive assistant, so something in the administrative field. I also really love children so being the administrator of my own childcare facilities. Even though I am a writer, I can STILL do those things. We don’t have to limit ourselves to just one of our loves. Every gift we have should be used and explored.
15. What would be the perfect romantic getaway?
a. Somewhere far away – whether that be a bed and breakfast off the coast, a remote tropical island or a trip to the woods of Northern Michigan – it has to be somewhere that time seems to stand still. I want to be able to hear the crickets and gentle waves lapping along the shore.
Tell us about the latest story you have out now.
Blurb – Season of Change is the story of Avery and Alicia, a power couple who appear to have it all. While they are grappling with their own unresolved internal issues, they reach a crossroads where they need to decide if they can continue on with each other as things have been or if they need to do a deeper work inside themselves and thus change the direction of their existing relationship.
I am currently working on a novel called On the Pulse of Morning, which I affectionately refer to as Pulse. It has a completely different feel than Season of Change. It’s softer yet still intense in its subtlety. Pulse is a love story that weaves an unlikely pair who have to decide to follow the gentle voice inside leading them in the direction of each other or give way to the pressures of preconceived ideas and notions of what love is supposed to look like. Inside each person is a voice of truth that rings louder than any other voice, although it appears softer and when we follow it, it leads us to our hearts desires.
Excerpt from Season of Change: ‘Looks can be so deceiving. People in general are masters of manipulation, showing others only what they want them to see. They hide all the real and meaningful parts of their lives that are truly able to liberate others and make a difference. I am no better than the vast majority. Probably worse than most, if I think about it.
There was no way to see the hairline fractures of our fragile existence looking only through the naked eye. We worked very hard to keep it that way. It is only through the high powered magnifying glass of life that the rips and tears and chips could be seen. It is only through that same lens that what could be seen was a foundation too shaky to build on. Too shaky to hold the high rise of our lives we had built on top of it. Is there anything worse than a beautiful edifice appearing oh so fine, yet it’s very foundation could make the entire structure come tumbling down, falling upon the heads of all those in its wake? Well that is us and this is our life. ‘
Season of Change is available in hardcopy and all Ebook formats (Apple, Nook, Kindle, Sony, Kobo, etc). Books may be purchased directly from www.Amazon.com and well as my website www.TumikaPatrice.com. There are direct links to all Ebook sellers in the Shop on my website, as well as to my Facebook and Twitter pages. All direct correspondence to me can also be done through my website. It’s one stop shopping! J
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