Today is our last post before the CCN goes on hiatus. Please join me as I interview our special guest, Tiffanya Richardson.
Can you begin by telling us a little about yourself?
My name is Tiffanya, most call me Tiff for short :-). I’m a 32 year old young woman from the Bay Area California, a mom, and a Christian Creative.
How did you get into writing?
I started writing to express my grief after my boyfriend was murdered by gun violence in 2008. I just wrote out my pain and prayers they eventually turned into poems.
Why did you choose your genre?
Poetry is free not so much of a structure. I needed that in my life, space to be free.
Do you think God has a purpose for your work and, if so, what?
Definitely, I think the purpose of my work is to simply connect with people in a real way. Connect to hurting people happy people lost or confused whatever. Writing helps you connect.
How did you learn/perfect your craft?
Practice and being free. Not editing myself so much but just being honest and letting the truth pour out.
What are your writing strengths and weaknesses?
I’d say my strengths are honesty and transparency and weaknesses structure.
Who/what are your biggest influences?
What are your goals when you write a piece? How do you hope your readers will respond?
My goal is always to connect and to get people to communicate and to really see each other to share other perspectives.
Do you have another job or do you write full-time? Hobbies or other interests?
Yes I work full time in government. I love creating, art, nature, adventure, all the fun stuff!
What do you find is the most difficult aspect of writing and how do you cope with it?
Scaling down an overall vision. I tend to think in scenes like film so it can be difficult slowing down the pictures in my head and actually writing out the details. I cope by pacing myself and having dedicated time to get thoughts out.
What advice would you give to writers, especially those looking to break into poetry?
Just write. Don’t overthink so much slow down and write. Even if you don’t have a full story just write about what you love what inspires you.
Can you tell us about your books? What other projects are you working on?
The book is Trinity Jones The Queen of the Ghetto. I took a bunch of poems and prayers I had written over a ten-year span and compiled them together. Originally, I set out to write a script. I wanted to tap into the thoughts of a young black woman trying to navigate life with little guidance and connection. I’m happy with how it turned out. I hope it helps someone realize they aren’t alone.
Currently, I’m working on turning some of the individual poems from the book into visuals. Sort of like a short film. It’s exciting collaborating with other creatives and seeing how they view the characters and making them come to life.
Can you share something interesting about yourself and unrelated to writing?
I am really in love with ministry. I love reaching and serving people in all sorts of capacities.
I’m also really into event planning planning period it’s fun for me.
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
To stay encouraged and go on your life journey. God created you special and unique so do your best to believe that and explore it!
How can readers contact you?