Today I’d like to introduce you to Tamika Trammel: Author of The Wallet. Tamika Trammel is a former Montgomery County, MD 9-1-1 Police Call Taker/Radio Dispatcher (2001-2011). Her tenure includes: 9/11, D.C. Sniper, Hurricane Isabel, and many other media notable events. She resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Her mission as a writer is to take readers on a journey of perseverance through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She describes her writing style as the grit of Urban fiction meets the salvation of Christian fiction.
Please Introduce us to your Blog. What is it all about? What sorts of posts do you lean towards?
My blog is called “Tamika Tell It”. I’ve blogged about my experiences as a caretaker for my father who passed away of cancer last year, and my 6 year old autistic son, and a few hot button topics like violence against children and the pitfalls of the current presidential administration’s tax plan to eliminate “Head of Household” filing, and its impact on single parent families.
What Inspires and stirs your creativity?
A correlation of my belief in Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit with His parables and other Bible stories, and the hardships of everyday life for people who are not financially stable in modern day society.
Conversely, what do you find difficult to write about?
I am currently working on a futuristic fictional drama regarding DNA. Scientific factors are the most difficult for me to write because I’m not a scientist, and my knowledge is basic. I always keep my eyes open for recent articles to expand my knowledge.
What Message, if any, do you hope to Share through your blog/posts?
There is hope in times of despair, and the power of the Holy Spirit provides salvation in all situations.
How has your blog helped you as a writer/Indie Author? What things have you learned along the way that you never anticipated?
I admit that I am not blogging as much as I should be, and usually when I write my intentions, the opposite happens. Therefore, I’ve learned to act first and blog later to not appear incompetent or wavering in responsibilities. The publisher of my first two titles recently decided to no longer publish books, but become solely a book marketing firm. My heart was broken because I believed the time, money for marketing, and potential sales were all wasted, but I was able to purchase the rights to the original manuscripts. I wasn’t sure what to do at first, but I decided to look at the situation as an opportunity to revise them both and republish on Amazon as an independent author. I’m not sure how many authors had the opportunity to rewrite their first books after publishing, but it has happened to me. I hope to have the revised editions released before the end of August 2017. They are both 5 star reader review recipients: 18 Years of Grace and Mercy: A Teenage Mother’s Testimony, Vol. 1 and The Pusher, the Prostitute and a Preacher. “18 Years…” will be extended in length and given a shorter title. “The Pusher…” will have minor changes that will not affect the narrative.
Tell us about your book(s):
“The Wallet” (eBook only, $2.99 Amazon) is a short story of a young woman who lost her family, job, and home, and finds herself destitute. She finds an empty wallet hoping there would be money in it to get her out of her current situation. I purposely omitted the race of the lead character so the reader can visualize her look for themselves.
“R I C H” (eBook $4.99, paperback $10.99 Amazon) is a story of a seventeen year old who takes care of his fourteen year old non-verbal autistic brother because of his mother’s drug addiction. To provide for them, he works for a juvenile burglary ring operated by a local respected business owner, and is given the opportunity to get the biggest score just before he turns eighteen. Unexpected events happen during the burglary that change not only the lives of the boys, but also the occupant of the home—a ninety year old retired textiles tycoon abandoned by his family.
What Inspired you to write your book?
“The Wallet” is a short story contest loser. “R I C H” was spur of the moment.
From what Point of View do you prefer to write? Is there a reason?
I write from several points of view to make each story dynamic so readers can decide which character it is they most identify with for themselves.
How would you describe your “Voice” or Style of writing?
I’ve been called “the voice of reason” on several occasions outside of writing. I try to retain it in my literary work. I call my fictional style “the grit of Urban meets the salvation of Christian fiction” because I use foul language as well as Biblical scriptures in my work. “The Wallet” is my only work that does not have cuss words because it was a contest submission.
What genre do you prefer to write or are you truly eclectic?
I am truly eclectic for combining Urban and Christian fiction styles.
Do you painstakingly plot out your story; are you a discovery writer or a bit of both? Why?
I am both. Oftentimes, an idea will pop into my mind, and a story just flows out as I start typing. The same goes for pen and poetry, usually a special occasion or emotional memory will cause me to hand write poetry in my personal journal. There is a current work that I am doing that has taken a few years, but I’m beginning to feel the “push” to finish it quickly.
Do you have a favourite or least favourite character? And Why?
I do not show favoritism in my characters because it will read that way. I want my characters to be who they are individually so they can make an impact collectively while still being themselves. Also, to allow the reader to choose their favorite without influence or prejudice.
Share an insight or secret about your book(s).
The Holy Spirit truly saves, not just loves in a form of religion and/or romanticism as depicted in many other books.
What do you feel is your best advice to share with other aspiring authors?
Keep writing, remain intuitive, and always look to improve the craft. Most importantly, proper grammar usage is important. It is the tool of the trade. Real writers and authors should not allow the tools to be dulled.
Would you like to share an excerpt from the book or a poem or two to give readers an idea what you offer?
An excerpt from “The Wallet”:
The tow driver remains silent and shakes his head as Jana makes her way outside of the van to stand next to him. After several minutes of loud crying, sobbing, pleading and begging to no avail, Jana walks away from the gas station carrying several bags containing most of the precious memories of her dearly departed husband and son. Moments that were once vivacious and loving some time ago, now burden her shoulders with weight and sadness. She fights the hard-to-resist temptation of committing suicide by stepping in front of an oncoming car; however, the mental memory images of her deceased husband’s body after his car accident keep her from doing so. Their six-month old son was crushed in the same accident. Jana was unfortunate to be one of the first passersby to see the result of the accident before the ambulance arrived to attempt a rescue. The grisly scene remains forever etched in her psyche.
After walking a few blocks, Jana comes upon a local park. The rain has stopped, but the wind remains diligent and cold. She sees an unoccupied pavilion and takes a seat at its table. Jana drops her head and begins to sob. Memories of her husband and son liquefy in her eyes, and gently washes her face in streams. The wind serves as a merciless air dryer, making her tears hard to notice from afar.
If you had to describe yourself to someone who has never met you, what might you say?
I’m friendly unless I have a reason to be mean and resistant, which usually involves countering violence, racism, sexism, abuse or any form of oppression.
If you could meet one person from the past, who might it be and why?
Harriett Tubman is the person I’d love to meet. She physically had no financial resources, but was supported by Quakers, and guided hundreds if not thousands of slaves to freedom in American history.
When you are NOT writing, what is your favourite pastime?
Playing Scrabble and Texas Hold ‘Em Poker on Xbox.
Describe Your Dream Getaway Destination. Have you ever been there? What makes this place Irresistible to you?
My dream destination believe it or not is Las Vegas at Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament. I’ve never been to Vegas and never played poker at any casino. I only play on video games. I’d like to see how I would do in real life.
Do you have a Mantra?
No, but I pray several times daily. My motto for my writing career is: “Taking readers on a journey of perseverance through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” I do not shun other religions, and welcome anyone that is or wants to be a follower of peace.
What “Charity” or “Cause” do you feel passionately about & Why?
Autism awareness and homelessness. Autism awareness because of my son and the autism community deserves to have basic human and civil rights, and homelessness because they depend on the kindness of others to survive. To me, being a giver is the utmost kindness of the human heart. I do not follow large scale charities. I give to individuals, and support smaller rooted causes especially on social media.
Tamika can be found in the following places: Do be sure to visit her.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00MHGGY3M
Thank You Tamika for sharing your insights and writing with us. Many Blessings~