This week it is my pleasure to interview author Dr. Nakish Grant Powell .

Me: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer

Dr. Powell: I first realized I wanted to be a writer about 10 years ago. It took me a while to start the creative process because at that time I was establishing myself as a physician and juggling being a working mom.

Me: How long does it take you to write a book?

Dr. Powell: It takes me about 6 months to write a book

Me: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Dr. Powell: I have to find time outside of medicine and parenting to write.  I used to write during times of inspiration.  Recently I have committed to writing at least a few times a week.  When I find time it’s usually at night or on the weekends.

Me: Do you intend to keep writing?

Dr. Powell: I really enjoy writing and I intend to write at least two more books in the current children’s series Purple.  I also have a romantic novel in the works.

Me: Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Dr. Powell: The ideas for my books come mostly from personal experiences but also a little bit of imagination.  This book in particular was inspired by a true story that happened to my siblings.  Unfortunately, in real life the story did not have the same outcome.

Me: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Dr. Powell: One of the most surprising things I learned about creating a book is besides the creative process of brainstorming what you want it to be about and actually writing it.  I was very surprised on how much revision, editing and more editing was required to really present the story in the best way.

Dr. Nakish Grant Powell is a board certified American physician whom graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  When she is not practicing medicine she enjoys being creative and writing.  Her personal experiences inspired her to spread the important message of acceptance and kindness. When she is not working on her creative projects she can be found delighting in foodie experiences, traveling, and listening to music.