Please meet Nakia Laushaul, author of THE TRUTH AS I SEE IT: IN POETRY & PROSE & 2010 BWRC “Write Some Cents Into It” Workshop Presenter. Nakia joins us to discuss the Black Writers Reunion & Conference and the life-changing impact it’s had on her along with news on her new and upcoming titles.
After two years of putting it off, I decided that 2009 would be the year I’d attend BWRC, and I did. I’ve known my entire life that I wanted to be a writer. The talent to tell an entertaining story was God given. I knew I was good enough to be published, but that was where it ended for me. I needed guidance to figure out the publishing industry. There was no more time to delay my dreams any further; BWRC seemed to have every course I needed. I was tired of looking at the pics on the site from the conference and wishing I had gone. June 2009 I headed off to Las Vegas to attend BWRC.
What is your most memorable BWRC moment?
I cornered Venise Berry (what a saint!) one morning and got her to read an excerpt from my unfinished novel, RUNNING FROM SOLACE. I thought she was going to flip with praise over my work. Boy, was I wrong. She immediately went into critique mode and ripped almost every sentence apart. Call me crazy, but through my tears a new fire ignited inside me and I was ready to breathe new life into my work. Since then, I have thrown out the entire manuscript and started over. RUNNING FROM SOLACE will be better than good, it will be great!
Have you networked with anyone at the conference and has that contact continued?
From the moment I arrived in Las Vegas until my plane soared in the air headed back to Houston, I got to know the other conference attendees. I met so many kindred spirits at the conference and there are a few that I am in constant contact with (Monique D. Mensah, Marguerite Benjamin Parker, and Cherlisa Richardson). Whenever I come across a dilemma or if I am at a crossroads a BWRC peep is only an email, text, or phone call away. Writers helping writers is what BWRC is about and that help spreads far beyond the actual conference site.
Has attending BWRC helped you accomplish any writing goals?
As I mentioned previously, I knew my writing was good enough to be published. Since BWRC, I am now a published author. THE TRUTH AS I SEE IT: IN POETRY & PROSE is in print, baby—it’s a book! Everything I needed to know to get my book in print I learned at BWRC or through a BWRC contact. I soaked up so much knowledge at the conference that when I returned home I worked day and night like a madwoman putting into practice what I’d learned.
Tell us about your book and other achievements since joining the BWRC family?
Aside from starting up a publishing company, Serendipity Bound Books, to self-publishing my very stimulating collection of work, THE TRUTH AS I SEE IT: IN POETRY & PROSE, I have been very busy. I now sit on the Board of Directors for a non-profit, KCCP, which is dedicated to enhancing art appreciation in at-risk youth. I will be facilitating a course at the next BWRC, “Write Some Cents Into It,” giving attendees a financial run-down on how to run a writing hobby as a business. I am also working to finish my novel, RUNNING FROM SOLACE.
What would you say about BWRC to influence someone who’s thinking about attending?
Can you imagine being in a room surrounded by people that have the same love and high regard for writing as you? Before BWRC, I never imagined such a place either, but it exists. Come experience it for yourself. Don’t sit at home another year and wish you were in those pics on the BWRC website learning and laughing. We find the time and resources to do so many other things in life that will bring a fraction of the amount of gratification this conference will, so don’t let that be your excuse. Don’t worry about being lonely when you get there; it won’t be long before you become one of the family. Click Registration and prepare to walk into your future. I can’t wait to meet you at the next conference!
Where can someone get more information about your book or purchase a copy?
My book is currently being sold on my website, www.nakiarlaushaul.com, and will be available very soon through Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and other online retailers as well as at this year’s conference in Atlanta. Stay updated through my blog, Random Rants of Truth of a Social Butterfly or friend me on FaceBook. Join my Facebook fan page. Go to YouTube and check out the video for The Truth As I See It, featuring a hip rendition of one of my poems, “Brink of Submission.”
About THE TRUTH AS I SEE IT: IN POETRY & PROSE:
Nakia Laushaul poetically gathered myths and misconceptions about life that threaten to hold the heart captive into her first bound collection titled: THE TRUTH AS I SEE IT: IN POETRY & PROSE. She expresses her views of The Truth about Me and You, Love, God, and Life in powerful poems that make the truth look painfully simple and prose that tenderly draws you into the world as she sees it. THE TRUTH AS I SEE IT: IN POETRY & PROSE beautifully fuses together the key elements to living life more freely. Out of pain and anger comes healing. Out of despair and disappointment comes hope. Out of the darkness of lies comes the truth.