Interview with Author Jill Shawntaye Kapri – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Jill Shawntaye Kapri

Author Jill Shawntaye Kapri, born DeShawntaye Green on September 4, 1993, in Tallahassee, FL, delivers a hood envy tale entitled, Hoes in da Hood. After losing her father at the age of nine due to gun violence in the hood, she searched for an escape from that harsh reality. 

She found that writing poems were her escape, and it quickly became her passion and a way for her to express herself and feelings. Years later, she discovered that she loved to write urban fiction short stories. Hoes in da Hood is her third self published book, the previous two not being as successful. Now a single mother of three, she continues her journey of becoming an author. She spends her time enjoying and reading books by her favourite authors, Wahida Clark, as well as the world-renowned duo, Ashley and Jaquavis Coleman. She also enjoys listening to music and being a full-time mother. She knows that being an author is a full-time job, and she is ready to tackle it, pen first. Jill Shawntaye Kapri can be followed on various social media sites. On Facebook, she can be found under her pen name, Author Jill Shawntaye Kapri, and also on Instagram @authorjillskapri.

Tell me more about your latest book

My latest book titled Hoes In Da Hood, is a short story about several women living in an urban apartment complex. All of these women have one agenda and that’s getting in where they fit in. Some hustle for the lifestyle they want while the others are complacent at the bottom where they are at preferring a hand out and using their bodies and babies as a token to score being taken care of. They don’t want to see the next person doing better than them and that’s where the envy, and jealousy come in at.  

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

The most challenging aspect was staying consistent with it, that’s the most challenging part I have experienced overall. Writing comes easy to me.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

I can’t say that I have a normal procedure! I have always wanted to publish books since I was younger. I just went for it without even knowing what I was doing. I went for it and got the publishing done.

What has influenced you the most as a writer?

Believing in myself. Seeing and reading about women just like myself. Even the ones who didn’t even have this dream of being a writer, ya know. I had to push myself and tell myself if people who never had this dream could write a book I know I have what it takes to become a writer as bad as I want it.

How many books have you written so far?

The books I have written so far, that I am open to share about right now is, 

Hoes In Da Hood Part 1, Hoes In Da Hood Part 2 and A Shameful Pain.

As an author, do you prefer the traditional book or online version? Why?

I prefer the traditional book. I feel like having the fruits of labor in my hand vs reading it online is a reward. Don’t get me wrong nothing is wrong with ebooks being that, it’s a more easy step for people to read at any time while online but I also feel like that’s too much of a simple strategy I want to actually see and feel the amount of work I put in to make my pen vision come true. 

How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?

It’s really hard especially, if you are a full time mother with children. I never have the time to just sit down in a quiet place at home and write. I have to find the time and write. Consistency is what I had a hard time with at first, But now I know I’m at the doors of greatness and success I can half step or slow down.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Continue to believe in yourself, even if no one else believes in you. Never Give Up and Always stay consistent.

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