Author Conversations with Tamika Christy #KontrolReads

Frenzied. Overburdened. Stressed. Overwhelmed. These are just a few ways to describe college senior Anaya Goode’s life. Add to this no career prospects following a looming graduation, and Anaya quickly finds herself drowning in the chaos of her own life. Her family and friends demand much of Anaya, and she’s struggling to balance herself in the mire. Facing an onslaught of grief, complex relationships, and a life that is full of deafening noise, Anaya must find herself, and maybe even true love and redemption, amid old traditions and new beginnings.

Get to know Tamika:

1. When did you start writing?

I started writing in elementary school. My dad bought me a journal one Christmas and once I started writing in it, I was hooked. Not only did enjoy writing, I enjoyed looking back and reading what I had written. Even at an early age, some of my journal entries were like stories.

2. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I’d like to continue writing fiction novels and eventually I want to take a chance at writing a play.

3. What have you written?

This is my first novel but I have written short stories throughout the years.

4. What is the main character in Anytime Soon like? Will readers like her?

I think readers will really like Anaya. She is a thoughtful, quick-witted and loyal. She thinks she wants independence, but she actually depends on her family a lot more than she realizes. She is also a high achiever and has a penchant for fashion.  I think readers will make a connection with her because she will remind you of someone you know.

5. Why do you write?

Writing is liberating. It allows me to express myself and my thoughts in the most creative ways I possibly can. I love to develop interesting storylines with relatable and interesting characters. It pushes me into a challenging but fun creative realm. It’s also therapeutic.  I write when I’m happy and I write when I’m not-so-happy.

6. What is the hardest thing about writing?

Currently, the hardest thing about writing is finding time. I love to write but life can be busy and finding a day or two where I can just focus on writing is the hardest thing for me right now.

7. Are you working on anything now?

Yes. I am working on my next novel and I am hoping to have it completed by the fall.


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