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Meet Author Jill Shawntaye Kapri
Tell us about JSK
JSK: First and foremost, my maiden name is Deshawntaye Green. I am the oldest of four children; I am also a single mother of three beautiful children. Two girls and one boy are my pride and joy. I live for them, and I love being a mother. I am 26 years old, but I have an old lady spirit. Lol. I grew up around older women—my grandmothers and aunts in the country. So my way of life is listening to oldies goldies and enjoying family time on the weekends. I love sitting on top of my car as the sun sets, reflecting over my life. It helps me mentally and gives me a sense of peace. I often meditate as well as pray a lot. I have a great personality. I’m that one friend you can talk to about anything because nine times out of ten, I can relate to you or your situation.
Leslie: Jill, it sounds like we have something in common. I am also that friend that is always open and willing to talk to you about whatever it is you’re going through.
You knew you wanted to be a writer, when?
JSK: I started out writing poems first. It wasn’t until I was about 16 years old that I crossed over to writing books after reading so many urban fiction books.
Leslie: Wow! That’s crazy because I never wanted to be a writer, but I was always a big fan of urban fiction books, and that’s how I got started in writing.
How many books have you written?
JSK: I have written and self-published four books with the first two not being as successful as the last two.
Tell us about your books.
JSK: The title of my current books that is out now is a two-part series titled, Hoes In Da Hood, an urban-fiction drama-filled tale. The books are about several women living in an urban apartment complex that's filled with hate, jealousy, and envy as each female has their own agenda to score a baller to take care of them. They think that having a baby or being wifed up by the biggest plugs in the city is the only way to secure a bag while being messy. But for every scandalous part the ladies lay down and play with, their consequences to their actions are hit with an even bigger problem. Many people will be able to relate to it and how things often go down in the hood.
Leslie: I will have to purchase a copy; it sounds very entertaining.
Tell us about your publishing process.
JSK: I am independently self-published.
The positive: I never gave up completely. I was really hard on myself, and it paid off because I was able to finish my book and publish it on my own with no help. That feeling was amazing.
The negative: The lack of support. Being an unknown author. Not selling as many books on my first try, it wasn’t easy knowing people felt like you were a nobody. It really did feel like a slap in my face.
Leslie: I know that feeling. When I wrote and published my first book in 2010, I felt like no one wanted to support me, but I knew I had a good story. When I started to step out of my comfort zone, I began to see a change.
What were your struggles?
JSK: My biggest struggle as a writer: I didn’t stay consistent, which slowed my journey down and put me and my career as a writer on the shelf. I honestly feel like people stopped taking me seriously. I still think that way, so I’m working two times harder, and I’m much more consistent this time.
Leslie: Consistency is key.
What will readers gain from reading your book?
JSK: My readers will definitely get a laugh more than one. They will get the real deal when it comes to how it goes down in the hood.
Can we expect another book from you?
JSK: Of course, I’m in the process of finishing up a few projects. I have my memoir, A Diamond From Thee Rough: Thee True Story Of Jill S. Kapri, re-releasing later this year. My fourth fiction book, A Shameful Pain, will also be released. I have a poetry book coming as well as writing books for others. So I have a lot on my plate and books cooking up to be served.
What advice would you offer a new author?
JSK: Always be consistent. Never Give Up. Be in competition with yourself. Please don’t overwhelm yourself trying to win a race against other authors who have made it. Keep striving for greatness; your time will come.
Leslie: That spirit of competition with others and comparison will never get you far.
What’s next for Jill?
JSK: Next for me, as a person, is to continue to grow as a woman altogether. I also plan to take my spiritual level to the next level. As an author, I plan to cross over from writing books and poems to writing scripts and planting my writing seeds into films. As well as continuing to be independently self-published with my own publishing company.
Leslie: This sounds great. I wish you the best of luck with everything.
How can readers reach you?
JSK: My readers can reach me on Facebook: Author Jill Shawntaye Kapri
Leslie: Thank you, Jill!
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