In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is Author Nigeria Lockley. She is the owner of Inheritance Books, an independent Christian publishing company that seeks to present content that will edify and entertain. Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees from the City College of New York, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. She serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.
Let’s get to know a little bit more about Nigeria Lockley:
FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?
NL: Raw, Riveting, Poetical, and Powerful.
FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.
NL: Not really. I am all over the place. I work differently for each project. Both my first novel, Born at Dawn and my last book, Tempted to Touch were written entirely long hand.
FF: Why do you write books?
NL: If I didn’t I’d be classified as crazy. LOL. Now seriously, I write because I love it. The words call to me from dusk til dawn.
FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?
NL: I write Christian Fiction and I would say besides Christian Fiction I am a lover of poetry, literature, and plays.
FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.
NL: I don’t have an ideal place. As a multitasking mama I learned how to do things on the go. I wrote more than half of my second book on cell phone riding the subway to work.
FF: Tell us about your current book.
NL: My current book, Tempted to Touch tackles a marriage on the rocks. It takes a slightly untraditional look at temptation and adultery because this time it’s the wife struggling with it. Most often in Christian Fiction we see a marriage after the husband steps out and the wife has to decide if she’s going to forgive him or the wife has stepped out and is now carrying the scarlet letter baby. Things don’t exactly go that way in Tempted to Touch.
FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?
NL: Go shopping.
FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?
NL: I’d love to have a book signing or speaking engagement in Atlanta.
FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?
NL: Coffee. We have a longstanding love affair.
FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?
NL: Hoot. Hoot. Night owl.
FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?
NL: I’d love to collaborate with Unoma Nwankwor. She is my writer bestie and our characters live in two different worlds, so I’d love to see them collide. Her African spice plus my Harlem grit plus the Holy Ghost and a dash of romance could only equal a crazy page turner from the throne of heaven.
FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?
NL: Thank you goes a long way. Tag them and root for them when you have the opportunity to and readers love gift cards.
FF: What advice would you give your younger self?
NL: Serve God. Point blank. Period. The moment I began serving God so many doors opened up to me. I just wasted twenty-something years.
FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?
NL: I would like transition into full-time writing, coaching, and speaking.
FF: What is your motto for life and career?
NL: GO HARD. Even when you don’t feel like it GO HARD.
FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?
NL: My current favorite scripture is: The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Ps. 138:8