Interview – Mansu Edwards

Book Name and Description: Emojis Vs. Punctuation Marks: Battle Of The Keyboard. The Punctuation Marks are feeling neglected and unwanted in a digital world controlled by the powerful Emojis. They are trying to stay relevant in this new age. A war occurs. An African American girl, Danna, and her family are caught in the midst of the conflict.

 Interview Questions: 

What gave you the idea for Emojis Vs. Punctuation Marks: Battle Of The Keyboard? I was in one of those writing zones and the idea popped in my head while sitting in the kitchen. It was an idea from God. He used me as a vessel to create the story.

What got you into writing in this genre? I choose stories to write and and decide if it’s worth publishing. I don’t think about the genre.

How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing for 9-10 years.

Tell us about your past books and stories?I’ve written “The Disappearance Of Hate”, “Mental Diet”, “Biscuits And Yogurt Vol. 1”, “Texting In New York City” (1st and 2nd Ed.), “Vertical Algebra” and “Exotic Ignorance: Ep. 8 Camouflage Pizza. Each book is different. The themes range from poetry, personal development, a self esteem cookbook, a satirical self esteem handbook, sci-fi personal development and a dating forum mystery.

What is the writing process like for you? I’ll write for a certain amount of time. I don’t give myself a set amount of hours. I go with the flow and try not to force the creative flow.

What is your writing day like? I’ll spend time writing and reading. I try to be in a relaxed state. I’ll eat a meal and write during the day or at night.

 What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers? The tools I feel that are must haves are pen, paper, pc, phone, tablet, imagination, fearlessness and ambition. I believe you can’t write and publish anything without ambition, fearlessness and imagination. You have to believe in yourself before you write or type a word, well at least if you want to become a successful author.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author? The best piece of advice I received was from a book entitles killing the sacred cows of publishing by Dean Wesley Smith. He mentions the importance of writing fast and not being bogged down with writing one novel. It keeps writers from obsessing over reviews and writing the perfect novel.

What are you doing next? I’m working on the novel: Can I Help You Please?

What advice would you give aspiring writers? Believe in your gift and never be afraid to add your unique spin to storytelling. Keep writing and read everything.

bio: Mansu Edwards is a prolific artist who continually challenges art forms with boldness and creativity. He delights in using autonomous monikers to signify a transformative experience when engaging in innovative artistic creations. In 2016, Mr. Edwards produced, wrote and directed his first short film, “Texting In New York City”. A work inspired from people’s responses to the street marketing of its paperback (text) edition. Later on during the year due to positive feedback from the Harlem Writer’s Group in regards to the movie script, he released a literary screenplay version of “Texting In New York City”. A film trailer would soon follow. Past works by Mr. Mansu include; The Disappearance of Hate (2009), Mental Diet (2010,2011), Biscuits And Yogurt Vol. 1 (2014) and Texting In New York City (2014,2016). He has appeared on Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s Max And Natalie LIVE! and several podcasts including: The Citizen Heroes, Julio And Dr. Chan, The Curious World Of Vandal Truong, Lawrence J. King’s Book Talk Radio and Let’s Talk Books With Lady Essence. He’s currently working on the experimental novel, “Can I Help You Please?” and a multitude of book projects.

 

Links: 

  1. https://payhip.com/b/0puH
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Emojis-Vs-Punctuation-Marks-Keyboard/dp/0692068457/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519592260&sr=8-1&keywords=Mansu+Edwards
  3.  https://www.wattpad.com/story/139743377-emojis-vs-punctuation-marks-battle-of-the-keyboard
  4. instagram: Mansu Edwards
  5. www.twitter.com/ohassa
  6. www.facebook.com/mansuedwards
  7. www.facebook.com/textinginnewyorkcity
  8. https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=&search%5Bquery%5D=Mansu+Edwards