Tell us about yourself and how we can connect with you.
I’m Tangela Williams-Spann. I’m a lifestyle blogger and an essayist. My first book, Sad, Black, and Fat: Musings from the Intersections, is being released on August 5, 2021. You can find me @twillspann on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
What genre do you write in?
I write about mental health and wellness, weight loss and body positivity, and the experiences of being a Black woman in America. I also talk about social and cultural events as they are relevant. Outside of essays, my creative writing centers on the slice of life genre. I like to examine those little moments that can change everything.
How did you get started?
I’ve loved making up stories since I was a kid. My earliest writing memories are around second grade. I won a schoolwide young author’s contest. My story was about a turkey that escaped from a hunter just before Thanksgiving. I got to attend a regional event and I loved the rush of attention being recognized for a talent gave me. I wasn’t the same since then.
What was your favorite childhood book?
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is still my favorite book of all time. Uncle Shelby has a way with words that rivals any author going, living or dead, in my opinion. Also, he uses pictures just as effectively to get his points across. He plays with alliteration and other literary devices that make the reader want to dabble in poetry as well. It did for me anyway.
What do you like to do for fun?
When I have a chance, I like to garden. Getting out into the yard and enjoying the sunshine does wonders for my mental health. Plus, I like to grow veggie and sunflowers. Both are edible and I can make better food choices right from my yard. I’m a big fan of the local botanical garden as well.
When I can’t get outside, I spend my time with video games, audiobooks or crochet. Something where I can turn my brain off for a while is a good time for me!
What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?
Just start writing. Write about your day. Write about what your dog is doing or thinking. Write about telling off your boss and walking out of your job, never to return. It doesn’t matter what you write about, just start doing it. You have to start flexing that creative muscle. Refining and perfecting come much later in the process, but you won’t have anything to polish if you never write it down.
What projects are you working on right now?
Currently, I’m working on blogging while my book is in the editing process. I try to post weekly on Saturdays and I’m relying on my readers to keep me accountable. Tell me you’re looking forward to my next post and I’ll have one ready every time!
What would you like to promote? (Add links, description, and a photo!)
If you want to follow out my work until the book is ready, you can check my website: twillspannwrites.com You can read my blog and get in contact with me for other interviews or engagements
Thank you Tangela for this lovely interview!