Author Interview with M. C. Walker, Author of Being Naomi and Before The Lights Go Out

M C Walker

M.C. Walker is a poet, blogger, publisher, and bestselling author featured in the hot anthology from Brown Girls Publishing The Dating Game. She has been writing creative fiction and poetry since childhood. M.C. Walker is an active member of The Georgia Writers Association, The Atlanta Writers Club, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

Before The Lights Go Out is a fictionalized depiction of the author experience with domestic violence. It is through her spiritual relationship with Christ that the author has felt compelled to inspire, motivate, and transform the lives of those around her through her work. M.C. Walker is an Advocate for Female Empowerment and bringing awareness to Domestic Violence. M.C. Walker is a proud supporter of Partnership of Domestic Violence Awareness. Proceeds from Before The Lights Go Out will be donated to charity. M.C. Walker resides in her hometown of Atlanta, GA with her two boys.

Q & A with M. C. Walker

Where did the concept for Before The Lights Go Out come from?
Before The Lights Go Out is a fictionalized depiction of my personal experience with domestic violence. Although I’ve always loved writing and reading I wanted my first novel to send a powerful message. Domestic violence is a cycle that crosses all ethnic barriers. I felt a responsibility as a storyteller and a survivor to to share my testimony with other people.
 
Why did you feel you had to write this particular book?
I wanted to write this book because more often than not domestic violence has become a recurring theme in the media. Yes, we’re talking about it. But, the conversation has to be continued in our schools, homes, and private lives. For so many of us a domestic violence relationship is only bruises and wounds when in reality it’s much deeper than the surface. This book has led me to become an advocate for female empowerment.
 
What was the hardest part in writing this book?
The hardest part was having to be vulnerable enough to really separate my thoughts and feelings from the characters. Because I’m not in my situation anymore or in the process of growing out of it. I still needed to transfer those emotions into the character. Overall, the writing process was very therapeutic and reaffirming that I’m on the right path.
 
What do you want readers to take from Before The Lights Go Out?
I want readers to walk away changed emotionally and spiritually. Some of the scenes in the novel will make you angry or make you cry, but by the end you will have felt the emotions of a woman trapped emotionally and spiritually in a place of uncertainty. If I can make the reader look deeper within themselves and ask and answer the hard questions than I have done my job as a storyteller.
 
What 4 tips would you give a person wanting to write an anthology?
My first tip is understand your message. Some writers write just to make you laugh, arouse you, or connect you with God. If that is your message stand behind it and promote it. You have to read outside of your genre, always carry a pen and notebook everywhere, and find your rhythm to write.
 
Who is M. C. Walker?
I’m a mom that’s my favorite occupation!! Outside of motherhood I’m a poet, blogger, publisher, and a storyteller. I’ve always been very ambitious and goal oriented and once I discovered my purpose in this life I feel absolutely unstoppable!!
 
Do you believe it is important for writers to also be avid readers?
Yes, I do!! You can’t be apart of an industry and not be current it doesn’t make sense. I once read a book by an author within the past year.  Although the book was an okay read it felt very dated, it had no reference to the 21st century. As a writer you have a responsibility to read your genre and more.
 
What has been your biggest challenge/achievement as an author?
My biggest challenge as an author has been rejection. When you first enter the industry you enthusiastic with a lot of ideas and you just want to be embraced by your peers and respected authors. Well, that all comes with trial and errors. Through it all I have developed thick skin and to not take rejection as an attack. My biggest achievement thus far has been being featured in The Dating Game Anthology.
 
What new project (s) are in the works for you?
After Before The Lights Go Out I will be working on a few other fictional projects this year. Stay tuned!! 
 
Where can readers find you?
Connect with me @
About The Books
Available April 2015
Being Naomi

Go behinds the scenes and meet the leading lady of Before The Lights Go Out, Naomi George in the short story Being Naomi. Discover Naomi’s childhood, finding love, and losing her in the ideal perfect marriage. Come inside and discover what’s it like….Being Naomi.

Available May 31, 2015

Before The LIghts Go Out

 Before The Lights Go Out is the story of Naomi George, a thirty year old devoted wife and loving mother who appears to have it all. Wealth, a gorgeous home in the plush suburbs of Atlanta, and an elite group of friends. In Atlanta, appearances rule, perception is everything, and the lines between good and evil are often blurred. What happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors, forever. For the past five years Naomi has endured her husband Bishop’s abuse and rage. Forced to hide the bruises and the ugly truth Naomi will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to not only save her own life…but the lives of her two children. On the run with no money and no plan, Naomi escapes vowing to never return. With Bishop in hot pursuit, there is only one inescapable certainty: No matter where she goes, he will find her. Kill her. And take her children. With the abusive Bishop hot on her trail, will Naomi escape? Or will she continue to run and fight for her future? A heart-pounding and suspenseful page turner that will leave you breathless on each page.Before The Lights Go Out is chilling tale of one woman’s testimony and difficult journey of discovering her voice, restoring her faith in God, and finding freedom while in the pursuit of healing from her past. 

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