Author Features

Author Talks on Grieving Process in the Anthology “Words From A Widow” Plus Journey as Author


Diandra Machelle Wynn Cross was born in Nashville Tn. She graduated from Maplewood High School in 1993 and received her degree in 2006 in Health Information and currently still employed in the health care field for the last 13 years. Diandra is very family oriented she was married for 17 years now widowed for 4 years, she is the loved (only) daughter of Barbara, a sister, aunt, proud mother to Ja’Cori and Ja’Myia and the loving Mimi to Ja’Mari, Ja’Ziya, and Ja’Cori Jr.

Diandra also owns Mimi’s getaways travel and more which she started in 2018 out of her love for travel. She loves helping others and believes in giving back. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, traveling, and hanging out with family and friends. Diandra’s motto in life Let Go Let GOD!

“You are not alone, there’s no time limit on grief. Also there’s nothing wrong with counseling especially in our community (African Americans) we just don’t go to therapy.”


Versafi: How did your journey as an author began?

Machelle: I met Tanisha my publisher in a Widow Support Group on Facebook.

Versafi: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue?

Machelle: Yes, I used to say it all the time with all my life stories I would have a best seller!

Versafi: Who motivated you?

Machelle: My family, especially my kids and grandkids.

Versafi: What inspired you to write your first book?

Machelle: I wanted to tell my story, and also found it to be very therapeutic for me.

Versafi: How does it feel to be a published author?

Machelle: A blessing, yet surreal at times.

Versafi: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?

Machelle: No challenges, thank God.

Versafi: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?

Machelle: You are not alone, there’s no time limit on grief. Also there’s nothing wrong with counseling especially in our community (African Americans) we just don’t go to therapy.

Versafi: What does being an author mean to you?

Machelle: A big accomplishment and honor to have that title.

Versafi: If you could co-author with any author dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Machelle: Sister Soulijah because I can relate to several of her books.

Versafi: Do you have a favorite book that you have read in the past?

Machelle: Coldest Winter Ever and Michelle Obama’s “Becoming”.

Versafi: Do you have any current book projects that you are working on?

Machelle: I have a few ideas am playing around with.

Versafi: How many books have you published in total?

Machelle: Just one so far.

Versafi: How can readers connect with you and support you?

Machelle: Email Facebook: Machelle Wynn Cross Instagram: @lovemesomeme_26

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