Angelia Vernon Menchan is author, publisher, mentor and sought after speaker. Menchan also develops and publishes other authors. She owns Honorable Menchan Media with her husband, Maurice who designs covers. She resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
BPM: Tell us about your new book. What topics are discussed?
YOUNG But Grown Womanish is about what girls going into womanhood encounter. They are firsthand accounts of truth occurring in real time. The author fearlessly reveals her own truth.
BPM: What was your hardest scene to write, the opening or the close?
The parts that most reveal Me. Were most difficult. It’s never easy to undress, even metaphorically in public.
BPM: Do you try to deliver to readers what they want or let the characters guide your writing?
My books are character and muse driven. However, I’m always mindful of my readers.
BPM: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
I’m not interested in demeaning women or writing graphic scenes such as rape etc. That holds no appeal for me. I can tell the story sans that.
BPM: What made you want to become a writer? How long have you been writing?
I’ve always been a storyteller in my mind. I started reading at age four and writing stories in elementary school. This seems a natural evolution.
BPM: How has writing impacted your life?
In every possible way. I get to interact with people in ways unimaginable. My writing expanded my mentoring and morphed into a speaking career. It permeates everything, wonderfully.
BPM: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
BPM: What was one of the most surprising things you learned from this project?
How much I’ve seen, experienced, overcome and LIVED…
BPM: Share one specific point in your book that resonated with your present situation or journey.
Not so much a point as I have always been considered a mentor even as a young girl. I’m constantly amazed by that.
BPM: Is there a specific place/space/state that you find inspiration in?
Everywhere in the world. I travel a lot and am always inspired by that. Watching humans is my biggest inspiration.
BPM: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both… it depends on the topics. But mostly energize and relax. I am whole when writing.
BPM: What are the top three things that make you feel happy and fulfilled?
My loving family, my faith and writing.
BPM: What makes you forget about the world around you?
Reading and writing…
BPM: What strengths did you use to achieve two major goals in life?
Resilience and perseverance. I push through no matter what.
BPM: What other projects are you working on at the present?
I was asked to write about fathers and sons by someone I totally admire as an author. Schooling His Son will release in late spring. I’m ALWAYS on the next story.
BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Angelia Vernon Menchan books: http://amzn.to/2lXjglJ