About The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson:
The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson is about an intelligent, ambitious thirteen year old young woman that writes diary entries chronicling her life living in the fictional city of Willowsfield, Georgia, statistically the #1 most dangerous city in America. (read more)
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson”?
Randall Barnes: Originally, I got the inspiration to write a book after seeing the void in aesthetically true young adult fiction books in the market. If it wasn’t a relationship book about a girl falling in love with a player or high school “jock”, it was about mythological worlds, warlock, wizards, dragons and vampires. How can that entertain a brother that’s obsessed with getting money, garnering the attention of pretty females and the stats that LeBron James posted up in his last game? (read more)
JP: What sets “The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson” apart from other books in the same genre?
RB: The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson is written from the voice of an intelligent, talented seventeen year old that’s experienced and seen everything that was described in the book. From dealing with haters and clashing with lackadaisical teachers in a corrupt school system to toxic friendships to overcoming an identity crisis and teenage relationship woes, I acquired a certain sector of knowledge from being in these situations. (read more)
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson” getting out to the public?
RB: The key to my success is hustling my work! I realize that I can’t just sit up and expect my debut novel to sell itself. I have to get out and meet people and show them who I am and what I have to offer. (read more)
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson”?
RB: The first thing I do is write an outline where I rundown the chapters from start to finish and add all the events that pop in my head. Then, I write in the order I already set in the timeline. It helps me to keep a good, realistic flow and get the reader engulfed in the story. (read more)
JP: What’s next for Randall Barnes?
RB: Oh man, I have big goals and huge dreams for myself and my career. I’m planning to launch a movement with The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson. That means creating t-shirts, book bags, notebooks and anything else that will get my target audience captivated with the brand. The second part to the novel is slated to come out in the spring of 2015. And a T.V. show/movie series is coming sometime in the future! (read more)
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