It takes more than a notion to be rare. Stepping outside of the box of normalcy is a gift in itself and the true definition of someone determined to rise and shine. She's a President, CEO, journalist, writer, editor, photographer, world traveler, poet, and a trailblazer within the writing community. Saying she is a force to be reckoned with is putting it mildly. I am inspired by her work, in awe of her grace, and honored to present to you, Angela P. Moore!
◆ How are you doing on this amazing day?
I am fine considering we are going on two years in this pandemic.
◆ Writers are known for having thoughts at any given time. When do you have your best ideas?
Usually, late at night I do a lot of thinking. You know when it's quite and no distractions, I can focus better.
◆ If you had to give a title to the blueprint of your life, what would it be called?
Good question! I have to think about this one... Maybe it should be titled, “A Place Called Love"
◆ Do you remember the first time you brought ink to paper?
Yes, I do. As a kid, I loved to read and write. I also remember being on a television show in Pensacola, Florida, because I read so well. Growing up, I had my own little library. I loved going to the library to check out books, and we had a mobile library that came to our neighborhood. How cool was that? I always loved reading and English classes were my favorite. I enjoyed writing essays in class. In college, I majored in Journalism and Photography, so that's when I really got serious and put ink to paper. My first professional experience was the college newspaper, “The FAMUAN”! I remember writing editorials on Jesse Jackson running for President, and writing stories on everything happening on campus, from renovations on campus, new businesses in the area, voting, new policies, to photographing the football games on Saturdays. I was also a photographer for the college newspaper. So, I wrote my stories and provided photos to go with my stories.
◆ The writing community is a huge network of authors, creators and so much more, do you ever feel pressured to perform based on what others are doing?
No, I do not feel pressured to perform based on what others are doing. I mapped out my own life and that's what I have worked on over the years. Of course, it's human to see what others are doing and wonder how they got there. Comparing yourself to what others are doing is a recipe for depression. One should never compare themselves to others. Everyone has their own journey...
◆ Have you ever googled yourself?
Of course, I'm a writer, journalist, and business owner, so I google myself to see my work showing up in the search engine.
◆ Writer's block is commonly heard of, but have you ever experienced readers' block? If so, how do you pause and reset your brain?
I cannot recall having readers' block. I read daily!
◆ You are given free plane tickets to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to go to the Motherland – Africa!! And, I hope the pandemic is over soon because I am planning a trip in 2022.
◆ In your opinion, what truly defines a writer?
What truly defines a writer is a person engaged in the profession; a person who writes regularly and consistently. Also, a person engaged in writing articlces, stories, and books defines a writer. A true writer needs to be a reader, too!
◆ How many published books do you have and what are you working on next?
I do not have any published books, yet. However, I have hundreds of articles and stories published in local and national magazines, and I am in the process of typing my first book. I will be releasing my debut book in Spring 2022. I am working on several books at the same time. What I will be working on next is finishing up all of these books and starting on more books. Writing is my passion and I have a lot to say.
◆ If you could go in reverse, what would you tell the young Angela P. Moore?
Travel the world more often! I would tell myself to focus on my main dreams and goals, learn to say no to others, to focus more on my personal life, and finally to not open a Public Relations business. Over the years, I have been so busy helping others achieve their dreams and goals that mine were put on the back burner. I am way off track with my writing career and putting my books out. So, I would tell myself, it's okay to put yourself first, and focus on yourself and stay on track with your own dreams and goals. It's okay to not be superwoman. Put yourself first!
◆ Where do you pull your inspiration from?
I pull my inspiration from my family, my ancestors, the Bible and God! I love God, and I love my family so much. My inspiration comes from my Mom and grandmother Leona. They were both strong Black women that established my foundation, loved me deeply and taught me to enjoy this thing called life! And, my fathers and grandfathers, who were strong Black men who worked hard their entire life and taught me about being an entrepreneur. Also, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Zora Neale-Hurston, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Langston Hughes inspire me!
◆ In closing, is there anything else you would like to say?
Overall, my life has been pretty good, and I am not done yet!
Thank you for a wonderful interview.
A true pleasure and absolute honor to chat with you and learn more about what makes you tick. Your story is inspiring, uplifting, and proof that girls forever rock!
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"This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." -Neil Gaiman