Interviews

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The Rock Publication Interview

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THE ROCK: Who is Monica Frazier Anderson, tell us something about you? AUTHOR: Monica Frazier Anderson is a mother, author, humorist, speaker, and Doctor of Dental Surgery. My left brain is well developed, but I prefer to use the right/creative side.     THE ROCK: Where are you from, and currently residing? AUTHOR: I’m a native Texan. I currently reside in Arlington, Texas. THE ROCK: Are there any other writers in the family? AUTHOR: No published writers that I’m aware of but there are a lot of storytellers. THE ROCK: When did you start writing?   AUTHOR: Can’t remember when…

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SISTAH CIRCLE – DALLAS Interview

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Monica F. Anderson author of WHEN A SISTAH’S FED UP General Questions: Where are you from? I was born in Houston, but I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas Tell us your latest news? I recently released my third book, which is my first novel, WHEN A SISTAH’S FED UP. When and why did you begin writing? Honestly, I don’t remember when I began breathing or writing. I’ve always loved to write stories, poems, and songs. My mother has stories I wrote in first grade. They’re horrible, by the way. When did you first consider yourself a writer? I considered myself a writer when a publication paid me.  In 1989, I was asked to write a weekly column for the “Viking Update,” a sports magazine.  They paid me $25.00 a week.  I was ecstatic.  That won’t fill up my gas tank now, but it was a great opportunity to be published and learn more by working with professional editors. Before that I did a lot of writing for free but getting a check made it real for me. What inspired you to pen your first novel? I’m an avid reader of novels and, like many readers, I always wanted to write one.  I wrote a weekly column for a major daily newspaper for eight years.  My subjects included my divorce, my experience with depression, and the challenges of motherhood. I received so many emails and voicemails from readers who related to these topics.  That was the seed of the novel.  This book is my way of warning sistahs about the consequences of “spiritual anorexia” and not making your needs a priority without sounding like a doctor. LOL Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way? My parents are both retired educators. They helped me understand the importance and impact of effective communication.  As far as authors, everyone I read impacts my writing from the humor of Bill Cosby to the to the honesty of Senator Barack Obama in his autobiography. How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing? I grew up in the South; middle­class, shy, and skinny. I’m still in the South, but I ain’t shy and I dang sho’ ain’t skinny. Consequently, I’m more comfortable with suburban settings and middle­class issues. …

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