Literary Treasures: Imani Wisdom!
Imani Wisdom is the founder of Pink Noire Publications. Based in Indianapolis, IN, Pink Noire is a groundbreaking company with an unpredictable brand of literary storytelling. Wisdom is also the creator of Pink Noire Blog, which hosts inspirational posts for the soul, along with social commentary. Born and raised in “Indy,” Wisdom spends her days overseeing a family of five, writing short stories and books, cooking vegan dishes, running 5Ks and mini-marathons, and enjoying quality time with her friends and family.
Wisdom is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College, earning a degree in Paralegal Studies. She is a prolific storyteller whose works depict an honest portrayal of societal issues. As a blogger and author, she has received numerous honors including 2012 nominee for Poet of the Year (AAMBC Book Club), March 2012 Up and Coming Author (The Writer’s POV Magazine), September 2011 Blog of the Month (The Writer’s POV Magazine), and February 2011 Editor’s Pick (BlackShortStories.com) for her short story, The Shattered Mogul. Her works include Zion’s Road: A Love Story about Faith and Redemption, and her debut novel, The Journey of Ruthie Belle.
KG: What is your favorite genre, and why?
IM:I prefer to read nonfiction, because I love to learn about my history. Forefathers and sisters, like Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X, and Harriet Tubman, are fabulous reads. Their historic background is inspiration enough, and useful for my writing.
KG: How many books do you read a month?
IM: Before I worked outside the home, it was a couple of month. Now, if I’m lucky because of my hectic schedule, it’s once a month.
KG: When did you decide to write professionally?
IM: Around my late thirties. Prior to that, I wasn’t sure if I had it took to be a published author. However, after publishing my novelette, Zion’s Road, I told myself I had nothing to lose — go for it!
KG: Did you ever consider hiring a literary agent and shopping your manuscript to a major publisher, why or why not?
IM: I’d submitted, The Journey of Ruthie Belle, manuscript to a few literary agents, and all were very nice in their responses, or nicely rejected. Nevertheless, one of them had consulted with their agents in the firm, but decided to pass. I’m cool with that. I’d rather take the self-publishing route, anyway. I enjoy being my own boss.
KG: What is one word to best describe your writing style?
KG: Describe your writing life.
IM: At one time, I woke up five or five-thirty in the morning, worked-out, meditate, and then write. I could pound my keyboard for four to six hours, and then logged out to work on other responsibilities. Later that evening, its back to writing, but now? I’m lucky to write a blog post once a week.
KG: What is your greatest literary accomplishment?
IM: Finishing my first manuscript.
KG: How have you handled an unhappy reader regarding a book you wrote?
IM: I move on — not everyone is going to like your work. It may sting a little bit, but there are more readers in the world than that ONE!
KG: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
IM: Keep writing. Do your research, and never, ever give up or give in. There are plenty of doors that need to be opened.
KG: Who is the target audience for readers of Imani Wisdom?
IM: The 25-45 year old women from many socio-economic backgrounds.
KG: Your latest release, The Journey of Ruthie Belle deals with a taboo topic such as abuse, were you afraid to write about this sensitive issue? Why or why not?
IM: No, I wasn’t worried at all. In fact, I don’t classify topics like abuse as “taboo”. It’s real, and it’s an unfortunate occurrence that happens every day. So, I have no fear when it comes to the truth.
KG: Do you feel you could have written TJRB without mentioning abuse and conveyed the same message to readers?
IM: No. If you read the original version in third person, it was lot graphic. I’d watered-down the most intense scene in chapter one, and other chapters involving sexual abuse, so I wouldn’t upset most readers. I understand this topic is very sensitive; I would know, because I’m a survivor myself. But conveying the message without mentioning the abuse, wouldn’t have worked.
KG: What’s next for Imani Wisdom?
IM: Well, there’s the sequel to TJRB, “The Rites of Passage”. It’ll have a new journey, new villain, and an expected guide for this new arrival. You have to wait and read.