Alternate Arts: Do you prefer Portia, P. K., or Dr. Wayne?
Portia: I don’t have a preference. It’s kind of awkward to be called Doctor when I’m not in a professional setting. I think it’s easier for kids to call me P. K. So when I do storytelling or anything with younger audiences I definitely go by P. K.
Alternate Arts: When did you know you had an interest in writing?
Portia: I have always enjoyed writing. Even as a young girl, I would enter into writing and oratorical competitions. I wrote in college for the Spelman Spotlight. After I graduated, I wrote a lot of poetry. And then it was when I was studying for my degree and spending time with my little ones that I began writing stories and actually publishing my books.
Alternate Arts: What’s your earliest writing experience?
Portia: Wow. I can remember in the second grade I had a horrible experience. I ended up having an accident at school and all of the other kids in my class called me Portia the Pee Pee Princess. I remember going home and being totally embarrassed. After that, I started making stories with Portia the Pee Pee Princess as the main character. She would go have all types of embarrassing debacles. But it was fun. I think it was my way of releasing whatever it was I feeling. At that time, especially, I didn’t think that I fit in. So writing was a way for me to express my feelings without having to talk to others.
Alternate Arts: What’s the first thing you remember reading?
Portia: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. My mom was very big on reading. I guess that’s why I am such a stickler about reading now. But yeah, I remember being in the first grade and my mom making me read Maya Angelou’s book. I was like five years old with this intense chapter book. Of course, I read picture books before then but that is the first book I can really remember reading...
Q1. Tell me about your self what are your favorite books to read?
A. I am an avid reader and enjoy being a mom. I have three little ones. I love to read mystery and suspense books. Political dramas are awesome. Millicent Hodge is my favorite author.
Q2. When did you decide you where going to write a book?
A. My first book was written kind of haphazardly. I wrote a book for my daughter and a friend illustrated it. We loved it so much I decided to publish it.
Q3. How did you come up with name of your books?
A. My books were all titled before writing one word. A Bad Hair Day was based on a little girl that does not want to get her hair done. When I was young these were horrible so I called it A Bad Hair Day.
Q4. What are you working on for 2019?
A. November is NANO month so I will be writing the sequel to my novel Strings Attached. Also, I’m working on a young readers chapter book. Wish me luck...
Hoschton Fall Festival featured a display of the products such as array of food vendors, craft/info/game vendors, parade, parade waiver, scarecrow 5K run and much more.
Thanks to those who came out!
Thank you to Gwinnett County Public Library for this workshop dedicated to aspiring authors/writers, illustrators (new or aspiring), and new authors/writers. We gained insight from international author and speaker, Rhonda Knight, and our established panelists (three authors and an illustrator). Enjoy a Q&A with the panelists, interactive activities, and plenty of fun.
This workshop took place on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 pm at the Five Forks Branch, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044.
Donna Barron, Julie Clarke Mike and Leda Owens were at Art in the Park 2019:
September 21st & 22nd
Thank you to all who came out to support!