Tyeisha Downer is an author, poet, and songwriter born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Phinesse Demps got a chance to interview her about what made her start writing, her book Diamonds in The Rough, and future endeavors. Diamondz in the Rough: Life’s no Fairytale is the first novel from newcomer author, Tyeisha Downer. Set in Baltimore, the tale follows seven young ladies as they try to find their way through adolescence with no parental guidance. The girls of this tale find themselves relying on each other to make it through the trials of love, life, and the true meaning of friendship. Readers will connect with the characters as they find a bit of themselves in each of them. With a bit of the rough life coupled with some sensuous and steamy encounters along the way, Diamondz is sure to intrigue and stimulate the readers mind and senses. Diamondz in the Rough is the first in a three-part series of fantasy based fairytales for the young adult readers.
PD: So what inspired you to become an author?
TD: It was just in my spirit to write a book. I had a lot of friends tell me Ty you’re a great writer you should write a book. So I decided to pursue it.
PD: Are any of the characters in your book based on real life people you know?
TD: No the characters are actually all fictional, but you may find a little of yourself in there. I wanted the story to be as real as possible. It might be too raw for some, but at the end of the day, those that read the book will come to understand that these stories do exist.
PD: Since all the main characters happen to be female, do you have a particular favorite?
TD: I like them all because you find yourself in a little bit of all of them. They all bring something different to the table. They each have their own story to tell and I think that these characters will connect with readers who can relate to the character or they may know someone just like them
PD: So will there be a sequel to Diamondz In the Rough?
TD: Yes there’s supposed to be a part two coming out sometime in May of next year. It’s a three-part series.
PD: What are some other projects you’re working on?
TD: I have another book called “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover”. It’s about Ambiance, who is one of the characters from the “Diamondz in a Rough”. My plan is to have a book about each of the characters from the book, so you can get to know them personally.
PD: So I know you write poetry, could a poetry book be in the future?
TD: I actually am planning to release a poetry book hopefully by December of 2012 in time for the holidays. It will be collaboration with my father; he is a poet as well. The poetry I write contains a message for everyone.
PD: You are self published. What advice would give to someone trying to self publish their own book?
TD: You can’t lose your vision. You have to stay focused. Understand the business of books, publicity, and you have to be willing to put in the work to get your name out there. Selling books takes time. This is not something where you think you will make money overnight!
PD: Where can people purchase your book?