Author Interview with Yinesha Taylor

Yinesha is a 23 year old self published poet. She has been writing for sixteen years and plans to continue sharing her story through her poetry. She also enjoys song writing, screen writing, and fiction writing. You can follow her on Instagram @ neshasnotebook or email her at neshasnotebook at gmail.com

Describe yourself in five words

Beautiful, Determined, Positive, Creative

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I want to be a professional song writer and I love elephants

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

I pray and push my way though

What scares you the most? 

Giving up on myself

What makes you happiest? 

Nature I love The beach, seeing the beach and being close to the water

Why do you write? 

I write because it is my outlet and my only effective way to truly express my feelings

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes, I have been writing my whole life since about 7

What motivates you to write? 

My feelings

What writing are you most proud of? 

My poem titled Dynamite Doves.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? 

I am most proud of my perseverance despite the hardhsips I have endured

What books did you love growing up? 

I loved any type of poetry

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

That I was a light to the world and had a positive impact on so many lives.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? 

I grew up in Baltimore.

How did you develop your writing?

I didn’t like when my writing was developed in school and classes because I feel like it hindered my freedom and ability to express my true feelings with restricting rules and guidelines.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing everything else is easy.

What marketing works for you? 

I’m still figuring it out

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Yes, because I was opening up about my personal life

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Yes, my family and friends are supportive

What else do you do, other than write? 

I am a teacher

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

I have worked almost every type of job possible in these 23 years

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? 

Music

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

Mauritius

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 

I write on paper

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  

It is called Heavy Heart I wrote at a time in my life when my heart was heavy and I was dealing with a lot on my plate. Poetry was the outlet I used to get through to the other side

If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? 

Meagan Good I just love her, I always have.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? 

I like to take trips anywhere there is a nice beach.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

I pray people will feel some emotion.

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