1. What is your first memory of writing for fun?

The first thing I wrote of any substance (and for fun) was a long form poem in the 8th grade. It was for history class and I wrote about the Middle Passage. What made it fun was seeing my ideas take shape so quickly, the words flowing from me with hardly any effort.

  1. How many drafts = done?

The number of drafts varies with each project. I’ve finished some in two or three and others, like my current WIP, have required more. I’m on number four and counting.

  1. What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?

Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God is the most memorable, but Indigo by Beverly Jenkins is a close second. They both demonstrate love in a time when survival was paramount.

  1. What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?

The endless possibilities. There are so many variations on the theme of Black Love, the very idea of crafting a new story fills me with enthusiasm and hope. I always hope I get it right and that it will be authentic and well-received.

  1. What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?

I’m attracted to the assonance of “s” words. (or maybe that’s consonance). I think they are sexy, when read out loud and translate well in love stories.

Bonus question: Why is a raven like a writing desk?  

I’d say both Ravens and writing desks are ravagers, consuming everything you feed them: paper, words, scraps, and ideas.


Love that raven/writing desk comparison! The real answer is that this is a nonsense question posed in Alice in Wonderland, but I am very impressed that all of our July readers managed to out-nonsense Lewis Carroll.

Come out to Writers & Words next month, July 10th at 7pm at Charmington’s Cafe to hear Melissa and the rest of our awesome lineup! Click here to see the facebook event!

Victoria Kennedy is a Baltimore-based writer whose stories range from fun and romantic to insightful explorations of cultural and societal challenges. Sometimes all these elements are combined to create stories of Black love and woe. Victoria’s work is included in The Dating Game anthology and the self-published collection, Where Love Goes, which includes “The Uninvited Guest,” adapted into an eponymous stage play. Her debut novel, Sometimes Love was published by Brown Girls Books. Learn more about Victoria on her website here

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