My Urban Books: You worked on an anthology with authors Shan, YungLit, and Monique Chanae called When it Rain’s it Pours. Which do you find more exciting and harder to write an anthology or full fledge novel?
Dama Cargle: It’s all the same with me. Grab the reader’s attention from the start and don’t let go until the very last word. Only difference is you have to compress the story into fewer words when it comes to a short story. But it all works out the same.
My Urban Books: Tell us about the exact moment you knew you wanted to write, paint a picture for us.
Dama Cargle: I was so tried and sleepy one night and for me my characters don’t come through until I try to go to sleep. Well this night, I don’t know why this part, but the ending of The Finale wouldn’t let me sleep. I made a FB post praying to God stating something along the lines of….. "if you allow these people in my head to stop talking for just a couple hours of sleep I would give them all my attention."This lady in boxed me and told me to never ask God to stop a gift he has been placed upon you. She told me sleep will come but right now be obedient to God, so I got up and fixed me some coffee and let Sereniti’s emotions flow and till this day that is one of the most emotional chapters I have written.
My Urban Books: You just released your latest novel Sereniti what would you like for readers to know about this novel?
Dama Cargle: I would like people to know I’m serious about this. I did a lot of research and let my emotions flow with this story. I am Sereniti, as well as many other women. I think Sereniti is relatable for those that have loved a man in the game or his career more than he loves you in return.
My Urban Books: When you’re writing do you read novels?
Dama Cargle:Yes. It doesn’t bother me at all; my storyline is already laid out. I look at it as being homework, plus I like to keep up with what people think are 5 stars reads.
My Urban Books: What scenes do you enjoy writing most?
Dama Cargle: I love writing as a whole but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy writing the sex scenes. What can I say; I’m a caring, passionate, lovable person.
My Urban Books: Will you write novels outside of the urban fiction genre?
Dama Cargle: Yes. I’m thinking about dipping into Erotica and Mystery. Go figure... LOL.
My Urban Books: What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Dama Cargle:I still consider my upcoming. But I will say this, don’t give up, when times get challenging keep pushing. Trust, when you type that last word you’re going to feel like you have conquered the world. Treat this like a business do your research and research some more not many are willing to give a helping hand sorry but it’s true. As respectful as possible bogard your way in, you’re going to run into some that’s not going to be happy with your hustle, but your entire concern should be making a name for yourself demand respect then the help will come freely because everybody wants to be associated with a winning team.