RA: So, I hear you're an IT professional by day. What inspired your leap into the creative world of writing?
THELONIOUS: I've always been a voracious reader and thought that I might make a decent writer because of my over active imagination but for one reason or another I never put pen to pad. Then a few years back I saw a small indie film that I loved titled 'I Will Follow' which was written and directed by Ava DuVernay who is now doing the movie Selma. So anyway I googled Ava and discovered that her back ground was in PR/Advertising and she decided one day to do movies. After discovering that I no longer had a valid reason to not at least try. But the next step was what to write about and again another movie came into play... 'Love And Basketball' has a locker room scene where the young ladies are talking about their lack of future prospects in the States for playing ball. And for some reason that resonated with me. Women talking about their hopes and dreams and it had nothing to do with men. That sealed it for me. I have athletic funny daughters who are strong academically but they didn't see themselves between the pages of books they read. The rest is history.
RA: Did your daughters inspire any specific aspects of your book?
THELONIOUS: Aw yes! I've been lucky enough to have daughters who are strong academically and athletically. They are also at times hyper-competitive about things that make absolutely no sense. I mean they get into it over the silliest things and then the next second they are back to being best friends again. So yes, it's safe to say that I had a lot of material to draw on for the Parker sister dynamic.
RA: What do you hope your readers will come away with from reading your book?
THELONIOUS: Good question... First and foremost I hope it's entertaining. After that I would like readers to take away a couple of things. First that anyone can wear the cape not just straight white males. Second there are different levels of privilege and most of it is derived from the hard work of previous generations. Not to take away from anyone's successes but it's important to acknowledge our history. It provides perspective.
RA: That's a good point. Thank you for sharing, and I wish you success with your book!
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