EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:

AAMINA GUIDRY, AUTHOR OF SANDCASTLES

POSTED SEPT. 25TH, 2017 | BY MICHAELA P. SHELTON

Aamina Guidry, 24, is a successful writer from San Leandro, CA. She graduated from Suffolk University and since then she has been working hard and focusing on her writing . Last week she sat down with CSUITEMUSIC for an interview about her new book, Sandcastles:

SO TELL US ABOUT SANDCASTLES.

The book is about the issues I've been through in my life- depression, feminism, romance, abusive relationships and being a woman of color going through these issues and dealing with them. 

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO WRITE A POETRY BOOK?

 I started writing it March 2016 and it was the first time I wrote a bunch of poems together. I used poetry as an outlet for things that I was going through, because my other outlets weren't working as well. So I decided to put together a bunch of poems and write a book.

WHO  IF ANYONE INSPIRED YOUR BOOK?

A friend of mine who I had a close confusing relationship with.

AFTER READING YOUR BOOK, IT REMINDS ME A LOT OF LEMONADE THE ALBUM BEYONCE RELEASED LAST YEAR. DID IT INSPIRE YOU IN ANY WAY?

Yes it did. Also For Colored Girls inspired me and Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey. 

 

SO WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON IF ANYTHING?

I am working on a murder mystery novel about a girl who's boyfriend dies shortly after her sister goes missing and she has to figure out who killed him and why his murder is so close to his sister's disappearance. I also write some poetry on the side, but I mostly write fiction. 

WHERE DID YOU WRITE MOST OF SANDCASTLE? DO YOU HAVE A SPOT WHERE YOU GO WRITE?

The first day I started writing it I wrote 50 poems at work and from there I was mostly writing at work and when I went on vacation to Europe. I usually don't write personal stuff at home, I like to write at places where I feel like it is an escape.

THE POEM ON PAGE 15 IN YOUR BOOK SEEMS EXTREMELY DEEP CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THE MEANING FOR US?

This poem describes a time when I felt like I wasn't deserving of anything good. I was settling for things not healthy for me and destructive. Even though people were telling me I could do better I still felt like I was meant to be unhappy. I felt like it was hard to get out of that misery too, because I was surrounding myself with toxic people who weren't healthy for me. 

TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW YOU THE BOOK MAY SEEM A LITTLE DARK. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO PEOPLE WHO FEEL THIS WAY?

Well it's supposed to be dark, because a lot of the things Im writing about are really ugly and I wanted to make it as real and raw as possible. Also I wanted the book to show that even though I went through those dark times and other people do it's possible for things to get better. i hope that people can relate to the journey I went through in the book.

I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IS WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR BOOK?

Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. My book is currently only sold online.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WRITERS OUT THERE WHO WANT TO WRITE A BOOK BUT DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START?

 

There's a lot of self publishing tools out there I used Amazon Self Publishing Tool. Getting your work out there by networking with other writers is a good place to start.  There's audiences for every genre and everything you want to write about, you just have to find where that audience is. The most important thing is getting your work out to the public.

SUPPORT AAMINA GUIDRY BY PURCHASING HER BOOK, SANDCASTLES HERE!

Michaela P. Shelton is Managing Editor of CSUITEMUSIC.com

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