Souraya Christine

Author Website

www.sourayachristine.com

What are the titles of the urban fiction books you have had published?

When is Strong – Strong Enough?

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started writing?

I am a single mother of 3. I own a company, write articles for the Urban Voice Magazine, and work full-time. I started writing poetry and short stories in elementary school to mask the pain of the traumas I was experiencing. My writings flourished from there, however, after a while, I stopped. For many years I did not write at all. Eventually, after trying counseling and other methods of self and spiritual development, I started creating a book that would detail all of the traumatic events that made up my life. Initially, the book was only a form of therapy for me. It soon became evident however that there was someone else out there who could benefit from my story, and hopefully avoid some of the things that I have gone through.

Do you have a special routine when you write?

I do not have any special routines. I just try to find some quite time and space and let it flow from there.

Tell us more about your last book, and what are you working on now?

The book that was just released is actually a non-fiction book, detailing all of the traumatic experiences of my life and offering encouragement and support for anyone facing traumas. The next two books are both urban fiction novels. Subsequently, all of my books will be urban fiction with a twist. There will always be a lesson to learn.

Who’s your favorite character from your books? Why?

In the next book, “Two Steps Above”, my favorite character is Jasmine. She has a lot of me in her and is all about making things happen – one way or another.

Tell Us About Some Favorite Books that You’ve Read

Voices of Cyn…Traces of a Backslider by Cynthia Evans
A little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ by Imani True

What do you say to critics of street fiction?

I say that everything has a place and appeals to someone. People should not judge what they know nothing about. The world is full of diverse people with diverse interests, therefore just because something is not pleasing to one, does not mean that it is not pleasing to others. And finally, if you don’t like it, then don’t read it.

Why should librarians purchase street fiction for their collections?

Librarians should order street fiction for the same reasons listed above, and for the same reasons they order any other genre of book. There is something that appeals to everyone, and people who enjoy street fiction visit libraries too!

What advice do you have for new authors who hope to publish their urban fiction books?

My single piece of advice is to put all of their fears aside and just do it! Taking the first step is the hardest part. Take it from someone who has lived it, fear will always hinder your success. Once you release those unsupported fears…your boundaries are endless!

Any final words for fans of your books?

When reading my upcoming books, just know that I have taken some aspect from my personal life and turned it into a novel for your enjoyment. Everything that I write is written in “Girlfriend Language”, making it easy to relate to. Also, check out my weekly internet radio show, Never Strong Enough, at www.blogtalkradio.com/never-strong-enough. It’s all about you!

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