Today I’ll be hosting author Tymeka Coney in my blog. Her new release “I Don’t Like Racism” is available on Amazon for pre-order.
Me: What inspired you to start writing I Don’t Like Racism?
Tymeka: I was inspired to write “I Don’t Like Racism,” for several reasons. One I am an Educator and I think it’s important to make a difference in the lives of our youth which are our future. They need to be aware of their value despite the color of their skin. 2. With the recent onset of the Black Lives Matter movements to reignite as a result of the vast amount of Police brutality cases occurring with the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor recently, and having witnessed police brutality first hand, I wanted to make a contribution to the movement and to be apart of the conversations that need to be had to further the awareness of racism and what we can do to peacefully eradicate it and it starts with our youth.
Me: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Tymeka: I was probably five years old when I realized I had a passion for writing. I was always writing letters to my Mom and poems when I was younger. I took up creative writing classes in college and I even remember sitting in other classes in college that were not writing classes and daydreaming and writing poems sometimes because that was what kept me alert. Other people were probably doodling and I was writing. It wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles in my adult years, that I realized that I could turn my passion for writing into a career. Being in a culture and surrounded by people who get paid to create and write everyday for a living opened my mind up to see that I could actually do this as a living and not just as a hobby. I do believe I was born with the gift to write but over the years, I have studied the craft and continued to hone my craft in all genres of writing from scripts to songs to books.
Me: How long have you been writing?
Tymeka: I believe I may have answered this question previously. I have been writing since elementary school I would say. I’ve been writing professionally since my last year in high school when I actually got paid for writing a poem I wrote in a contest. Since then, I have certainly been on a consistent path of writing for over 15+ years.
Me:What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Tymeka: The most difficult part of my artistic process is merging art with commerce or merging your creativity with marketing and the marketplace. When it’s your art, you can pretty much write about whatever you want to write about. When you are selling it into the marketplace you have to make sure that it is commercially viable art for the masses most often and not just what you deem is great but what the target audience you are serving may think is great. Other than that…I don’t have many difficulties. The only other thing could be sometimes because I have so many thoughts about things that I want to write and characters in my head etc., that it can be challenging to decide where I will devote my energy to next and what type of project I will write next.
Me: What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?
Tymeka: The most surprising thing I discovered while writing this book was how the subject of racism can get really emotional and it really does affect all ages from a child to an adult, all races and all genders and there really has to be more conversation about this subject matter so we really gain some understanding of the past, present and the future. I discovered that this subject and this book is bigger than me and I am just thankful to be entrusted to be an instrument and catalyst through my words and creativity for positive change.
Me: Who is your favourite author and why?
Tymeka: I have so many books that I have read from Spiritual to Self Help, Finance, Autobiographies, Relationship etc. I don’t really have a favorite author. I will say that I am very fond of poets and poetry books being one myself. I have really enjoyed books by Langston Hughes, Alicia Keys, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, and Shel Silverstein. I even like children’s books as they have a rhythmic flow like poetry to me. I like Dr. Seuss, Grace Byers, Matthew Cherry and of course my own writing.
Me: What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Tymeka: I would say I am influenced by the poets I mentioned as well as the children’s book authors I mentioned in some way by reading their books.
Me: Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Tymeka: I say don’t allow it to be an emotionally draining or stressful pursuit. Write about what you are passionate about or if you have something to say or share with your community or the world that you know about or have experienced as this makes you an expert on the subject. I say write when you are in a comfortable place and allow writing to be relaxing and not stressful for you. Don’t force it but allow it to flow naturally from you and that is what will continue to drive the story you want to tell. Don’t worry about the structure in the beginning but just write from what your heart and your mind tells you to write and others will resonate with that authenticity.
If you need to brush up, take an online class, get a mentor in your area of interest and read other writers and just write on a consistent basis.
Me: If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Tymeka: In three words I would say I am a Tenacious, Loving and Creative Individual. TLC…My initials.
Me: Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about? I’m just working on getting the word and awareness out about my new book “I Don’t Like Racism.” I want it to be a movement #IDon’tLikeRacism..I have Tshirts as well. I think the time is now to talk about this and I just want everyone to think about and take action for positive change. I’m always writing. I will write another children’s book for sure. I have some songs, another book of poetry to come. I have some TV & Film scripts in development. Just follow me @ www.tymekaconey.com and we will see what’s next but in the meantime…Get the book at Amazon and tell a friend about it, your neighbour, grandparents, parents, teachers and let’s just spread love and unity in the world.
About the Book
This book tells the story of racism through the eyes of a young African-American girl, DaNyla, and her experiences with racism as she witnesses her cousin involved in police brutality and she tries to understand why racism exists. She talks to her Mom, and her History Teacher about racism to better understand where it evolved, then she prays about it and decides to continue to dream and hope for change for a better tomorrow as she still continues to fight for what’s right peacefully all while still loving her family and her multicultural friends.
This story will teach all ages, genders and nationalities about racism and it seeks to inspire us all to unite and love one another despite the color of our skin.
About the Author
Tymeka Coney is an actress, producer, director, playwright, poet, songwriter,voiceover and now activist with the release of her new children’s picture book, “I Don’t Like Racism,” which was inspired by the police brutality she has witnessed in the world and first hand. Tymeka’s first book was “Words Unspoken: Volume I-Deeper Than Eyes Can See,” poetry book released in 2011. She also has a Spoken Word album, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dreams,” available on Amazon and her recent extended single “COVID 19- Social Distancing,” also on Amazon.
She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and now resides in Los Angeles, California where she gives back to the community by teaching young people how to read and write and acting.
Tymeka Coney graduated from DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, as Class Favorite. She holds an Associate of Applied Arts degree from K.D. Studio Actor’s Conservatory in Dallas, Texas, where she received a partial scholarship for her talents. Tymeka graduated in three years with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/English- Dramatic Writing from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
She continues to inspire others through her writing/entertainment bringing awareness to social change as she has done as a playwright with several plays that have brought awareness to domestic violence, breast cancer, suicide, menopause etc. Tymeka realizes it is a part of her life’s mission to continue to rally around important causes like racism and other social change and continue to use her platform for the greater good of all mankind and excel the lives of others spiritually, mentally and emotionally through Arts and Entertainment to make an impact in the lives of others throughout the world.
Contact the author Website https://www.tymekaconey.com/