Who is your favourite author of all times?*

James Baldwin

What is your favourite book of all time?

Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

What is your favourite book published in the past twelve months?

Safiya Sinclair’s “How to Say Babylon.”

What subject have you found it most challenging to write about?

Mental illness.

What music are you jamming to?

Bnxn.

What is the one line in a book you wish you’d written?

This passage from Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”: “She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.”

What was the most difficult event in your book to write and why?

It was tough to write about my mental health crisis because I wanted to write from inside the experience, which meant returning to some of my darkest days.

You see a book on someone’s shelf and you have an immediate bombastic side eye. What book is it?

“The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand.

What book made you cry?*

Caleb Azumah Nelson’s “Small Worlds.”

Which author (living or dead) do you think is most underrated?

Nella Larsen and Ama Ata Aidoo. They both continue to have avid fans, but they should be even more celebrated.

What is the first thing you wrote?*

I learned to read and write early, so I can’t remember the first thing. But, I wrote a “novel” at age 5. It was about fairies.

Why do you write?*

It’s how I process the world around me.