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Write for Life

Write for Life is a Love Pain & Poetry initiative to encourage the world to write for 15 minutes a day for mental health therapy. Everyone is encouraged to participate. 

29,000 days...with K. Dominique

Interview with K. Diamonique, Author of “29,000 Days-From Pain to Passion, Purpose, and Poetry” Author’s Bio {"My name is Keyana Diamonique (aka K. Diamonique) I am an author, poet, spoken word artist and a youth entrepreneur, since the young age of 13. I am also a motivational speaker and activist for the empowerment of women and young girls, survivors of sexual assault, molestation and mental health awareness. (100 – 150 words)}

1. What inspired you to write your book? Is it possible to inspire yourself to do something that you want to use to inspire others? Because that’s exactly what happened! I was inspired to write my book when I realized that in order to get justice and in order to fight back, I must tell my story. From telling my story, I’d inspire others to tell theirs, and to #LiveUnapologetically!

2. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? Maya Angelou is my spirit human (spirit animal)! I’ve loved her ever since I was a kid! Each time I write, I try to channel my inner Maya. If my pieces aren’t as moving as one that she’d write, I continue to work on it until it’s right.

3. Is this your first book? How long did it take to start and finish your book? This is my first book! It’s taken me 7 years to complete, granted I’m only 19. I had to learn to grow through what I was going through before I could finish.

4. Do you write with an outline, or just let it flow organically? Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, is there a theme song for this book? The theme song for this book would have to be Tasha Cobb’s ft. Nicki Minaj-I’m Getting Ready!

5. That’s a success in itself. It’s difficult to sell poetry. What do you feel the keys to success in getting your book out to the public? Poetry sells when readers or listeners can feel what’s being said, whether it’s through relation or whether it’s just that great that it touches them. I think that I write with so much emotion because my pieces all come from personal places. I hope that my readers are able to relate personally or emotionally!

6. What advice would you give to new Poet/authors? It took me 7 years to finish my book because I wasn’t ready or I felt like I wasn’t ready, but some great advice for writers everywhere is no matter what, promise yourself that you’ll write something, anything once a day. Every day, dedicate just 5 minutes to writing anything, it doesn’t have to make sense, it doesn’t have to be apart of your project, but as long as you exercise your talent, it’ll grow.

7. How about sharing an excerpt from “29,000 Days- From Pain to Passion, Purpose and Poetry” (Please keep this PG) 29,000 Days - he Intro Instead of viewing your life in terms of years, have you ever thought of viewing it in days? They say the average person will live about 80 years. That’s 29,220 days on earth. Of those days, how many will we remember? The beautiful ones? The fun ones? The ones that hurt you? How many of those days will be meaningful to you? Impactful? Inspiring? How many will you waste? How many will you admit that you took for granted? All of them? How many did you spend crying about things that you wish were different yet never thought of a way to change it? How many were life changing; good or bad? How many did you use to make a difference? When all your days have been accounted for, what will the world be left to say about you? Or do you even care? Will you be remembered for good or bad? Will you be remembered at all? What will you do with your 29,000 days that’ll impact SOMEONE else, some type of way on this earth? I know what you’re thinking… ‘But who am I to help someone else when I need help myself? Where do I begin? I don’t have the tools, the resources, the expertise to do so,’ and many other invalid excuses. But the most beautiful thing about this thing called life, is that when you live unapologetically and you walk in your authenticity; everything you go through you’ll grow through. I call that your “experience.” No one can deny you of your experience(s). Take your pain, transform it into your purpose, and gain prosperity. Others watch you anyway, give them inspiration, give them hope, give them what you wish you had; become the person you needed. It is your story, your perspective, your truth. If you walk in it, you’ll be completely unstoppable. Living #Unapologetically. I promise. KDiamonique

8. What’s next for you? I plan to continue speaking on panels, at events, on radio shows and podcasts in an attempt to inspire others to tell their stories, seek justice, turn their pain into purpose and to #LiveUnapologetically.

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9. Where can readers find out more about you and your book(s)?

● Website: kdiamonique.com

● Facebook: Keyana Williams

● Blog: (can be found on kdiamonique.com)

● Book buy Links: https://www.kdiamonique.com/shopping-cart

It’s been a pleasure having you here with us today. I'm sure my readers will enjoy getting to know you and your work.  Happy Birthday!!!

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