Interview on My Life in Ink

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always known that I wanted to write. My love affair for books and words started when I was a small child.

Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from so many different things. I was born and raised in Harlem. I have always been fascinated with Brownstones. I live very close to Strivers Row. It was a definite must for me to use those beautiful houses with my first short story. I am also a people watcher. A laugh, smile, or even a frown will spark an idea for a character.

How long does it take you to write a book?
Each book is different. Some take month’s others take weeks. Pearls was a quick and easy story. It took me about two months to write. The main character Victor was sexy and complicated. He was someone I would love to date so this story was fairly easy for me.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I definitely outline the plot but sometimes things will switch up drastically. I may use a beginning of a story line for the end.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think I am a work in progress. Embracing my vulnerabilities has helped me to become a lot more creative.

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About The Author

Hope McGill grew up in New York City’s famed neighborhood of Harlem. She began writing at the age of sixteen, but her love of literature began as a child. Reading has always been a means of escape for her. Curling up with a good book helped her to explore the world and meet fascinating people. As she grew older, her appetite for reading grew immensely and the books became more diverse. She began to read books such as, J. California Cooper’s, Life Is Short but Wide, Treasure E Blue’s, Harlem Girl Lost, Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild, as well as the classic, Manchild In The Promised Land by Claude Brown.