Dream to Reality Part 2: Progress

Welcome! This is the second of a five-part series about how my debut novel, The Other Side, came to be. From Conception to Publication. Today’s post is the continuation, the journey, the Progress. Welcome to Part 2. If you haven’t read Part 1, you can find it here. And so, I originally created The Other…

Secrets to Success: Two Simple Steps

I have a question to propose. Why is someone who is twenty-four more successful, making more money, and having a better life, than someone who is fifty-four? Putting aside factors like race, opportunities, socioeconomic status, what else? Why are you not Oprah or Shonda Rhimes? Why are you not Tyler Perry or Denzel Washington? We…

On Starting: Get the Writing Done

I’ll start with the plainest fact about writing possible. It’ll never get written if you don’t write it. There. Simple and clean and fact. If you don’t write it, no one will. No one else can write the short story or poems or novels that are in your head but you. God won’t reach down…

The World Needs Stories: Why Stories Matter

Stories matter. Stories are as old as time. We’ve been telling stories before we knew how to write, and passed stories down through oral traditions. Telling stories is an innately human tradition, and there’s a reason why in all cultures all over the words humans tell each other stories. We tell stories all the time….

Speculating Black: M. Haynes [Guest Post]

We live in a world where more people know names of the Avengers rather than of US presidents. If we take a look at the most popular book and film franchises (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars) we will see that this is indicative of our relationship with speculative fiction: we absolutely love…

Black Speculative Fiction: Why I Write It

Spring 2018, I took the English course that would change my views on being a writer and author. The class in question was Studies in Genre: Black Speculative Fiction, taught by Dr. Stacy Boyd. Before his class, I had never heard of black speculative fiction. That includes I didn’t know who Octavia Butler was or…