VERSAFI: How did your journey as an author began?
K.RESHAY: In 2016, I came across an idea I had written down back in 2013. I stared at it for about and hour. After that, I decided that I wanted to actually make it into a novel.
VERSAFI: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue?
K.RESHAY: Not initially, but in hindsight it has always been there. Growing up, I was an avid reader. I was in creative writing and acting classes. I’ve always been someone who adored the arts.
VERSAFI: Who motivated you?
K.RESHAY: My family and best friend were my main motivators. They encouraged me and also sacrificed time to allow me to write.
VERSAFI: What inspired you to write your first book?
K.RESHAY: We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar inspired my first novel. The novel speaks about how we often times have to hide behind how we truly feel.
VERSAFI: How does it feel to be a published author?
K.RESHAY: I feel very accomplished and proud of myself. It’s a great thing to bring an idea into fruition.
VERSAFI: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
K.RESHAY: One of the main challenges is financial. Being self published, you have to pay for all of your expenses.
VERSAFI: What genre do you write on?
K.RESHAY: I write fiction and non-fiction.
VERSAFI: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
K.RESHAY: Above all else, I’d like for them to enjoy my work.
VERSAFI: What does being an author mean to you?
K.RESHAY: Being an author gives me a chance to express myself creatively. It gives a great sense of security knowing that my works will live on after I’m no longer here.
VERSAFI: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
K.RESHAY: Five years from now, I see myself more comfortable and established in the literary and playwright community.
VERSAFI: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
K.RESHAY: I’d love to be a full-time author. It is definitely a dream I’d like to pursue.
VERSAFI: I read that you are a playwright as well. Tell us a little bit more about your journey.
K.RESHAY: My church has a drama ministry. Every Christmas, they perform a Christmas play. I decided to take a chance with it one year and fell in love with it ever since. There’s something incredibly magical about seeing your characters come to life.
VERSAFI: Have you produced any plays so far?
K.RESHAY: So far I’ve produced two plays, “I Prayed About It and Chrystal’s Heart.” I’m currently working on one that will be perform at an actual theatre next year.
VERSAFI: If you could direct, write and produce a play and had the opportunity to choose any famous actor, who would it be and why?
K.RESHAY: That’s a tough one. I admire the work of so many actors and actresses. I had the chance to meet Jenifer Lewis. She’s the auntie I never had. I’d have to go with her. She’s phenomenal.
VERSAFI: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author. Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
K.RESHAY: Social media is one of my main marketing strategies. Since the pandemic, radio, podcast and zoom have also been great additions. It gets challenging promoting books at times. You don’t want to keep showing the same things over and over. I have two sons that co-authored a children’s book called, “Dregs and Black Eye the Bully.” We have been able to have a book signing at Barnes & Noble. Book stores are a great way to market and promote.
VERSAFI: Do you have any current book projects that you are working on?
K.RESHAY: Currently I’m working on my travel memoir, “African American Girl Lost.” It is a about my journey to West Africa during the year of return. I also plan on releasing another play and children’s book.
VERSAFI: How can readers connect with you and support you?
K.RESHAY: My website is kreshay.weebly.com and my Instagram is @k.reshay.
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