Author Jill Kapri Talks about Her Journey as an Author
VERSAFI THE BLOG: How did your journey as an author began?
JILL KAPRI: I started writing poems when I was younger after my father was killed, around my teen years I started writing short stories once I became heavy on reading urban fiction books. I would always make up my own little short stories. When I was about 22 years old I took a short story challenge head on and from that point on I became fully focused on being a successful writer/author.
VERSAFI: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue?
JILL: Yes! Absolutely. I fell in love with writing the moment I realized I could really create stories in my head and people would like them. I wrote poems everyday as a kid and when I hit my teen years I stayed making up and writing fiction stories. Once I started reading books by Wahida Clark and Ashley Antoinette I was amazed at how great female writers were and could be. I just knew at that moment writing was my calling. It was destined for me to become a writer.
VERSAFI: Who motivated you?
JILL: Honestly, myself. Wanting to do better for my kids. Looking up to the amazing writers I named above. I had a vision and I wasn’t stopping until I got to it. That agenda alone made me push myself harder to continue writing until someone paid attention to the fact I had what it takes to be the next big author.
VERSAFI: What inspired you to write your first book?
JILL: My first book actually came from a short story challenge that I mentioned earlier, but it wasn’t the first book I published. The first book I published was about me, my life and the domestic abuse I went through with my ex as well overcoming my addictions as a young woman. I’m re-releasing it soon titled A Diamond From The Rough: The True Story Of Jill S. Kapri.
VERSAFI: How does it feel to be a published author?
JILL: It feels amazing. My children are so proud of me and that is the feeling I was aiming for the most, making my children proud and being the reason for their smiling faces. My family is proud and I know I made my father proud. This moment is really a dream come true. The passion from dreaming is what makes it even more special to me. I can look at myself in the mirror and say to myself. “You Really Did It!!!”
VERSAFI: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
JILL: The negative reviews, people don’t like the book this way, people don’t like the book that way. Being told I wouldn’t make it to a single book fair as a self published author. I wouldn’t be a successful or bestselling author because my book is ghetto. I look ghetto. Just self hatred things from people who are threatened by me because they see the potential in me and feel like if they tear me down I’ll walk away but that’s not going to happen. I just keep brainwashing myself to understand this is what comes with the journey some people are going to hate and dislike me. Other people are going to love me and my books.
VERSAFI: What genre do you write on?
JILL: Urban fiction- drama, Non-fiction and poetry.
VERSAFI: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
JILL: Always be real and true to yourself. Be who you are and love who you are. Embrace the background you come from no matter what is in it.
VERSAFI: What does being an author mean to you?
JILL: Being an author means to me that I’m a creator. When I’m writing poems I paint pictures. When I’m writing a book I picture paint. I express myself through my words.
VERSAFI: If you could co-author with any author dead or alive, who would it be and why?
JILL: I would love to co-write with one of the greatest authors in the game Sista Soulja, Wahida, Ashley and Jaquavis Coleman, Teri Woods, Joy King, Nikki Turner, Keisha Ervin, Zane, Omar Tyree, K’wan and Treasure Blue. Those authors are great and will forever be mentioned in this history of writing. I couldn’t just choose one.
VERSAFI: Do you have a favorite book that you have read in the past?
JILL: My favorite, favorite book is Chyna Black by Keisha Ervin. Chyna Black was the first book to make me boo-hoo cry. I love that book so much I named my last baby Chiyna. I related to her character so much in many ways. I love that book. The Cartel is also my favorite. I can read it over and over again and not get bored. I think every person I come across who reads I mention the series to them. The Cartel series changed the game in my opinion. I love it.
VERSAFI: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
JILL: Five years from now I see myself Internationally known as an author. I’ll be traveling around the entire world on book tours. I’ll have my own publishing company. My books will be turned into screenplays/movies. My name will be a part of the successful writer’s history.
VERSAFI: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
JILL: Yes. When God put me in that position to quit my job and become a full time writer. I’m aiming for that goal right now.
VERSAFI: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author.
JILL: Well, I am self published so I use the most influenced Social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. I book several Interviews throughout the month as well. So far that’s all I have going right now with marketing myself..
VERSAFI: Do you have any current book projects that you are working on?
JILL: Yes, I do. I’m working on a few books that will be released within the next 6 months. I’m working on my memoir A Diamond From The Rough: The True Story Of Jill S. Kapri that will be released by the end of the year. A book titled A Shameful Pain, that one will be released by thanksgiving I also have a poem book I’m working on. So I have a lot going on right now.
VERSAFI: How many books have you published in total?
JILL: In total including the two I unpublished. I have self published 4 books.