AwesomeGang: Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Joey Pinkney: So far, I have published four standalone short stories, one novelette and a short Twitter guide. Instead of writing longer pieces, I craft shorter tales that are multi-layered and full of symbolism. I also provide bonus materials with my stories, such as author’s notes, which gives additional insights, hints and perspectives about the story. I’ve had readers tell me that they’ve re-read my short stories and have found new gems with each read through. Read more
ReadWriteClub.com: Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Joey Pinkney: I like chocolate, in abundance. I like finding obscure books. Well, ‘obscure’ is subjective. Better stated, I like hunting for books about highly specific topics – such as writing guides, certain history books and other possible gems. Read more
A few days ago, I fired up Facebook Live and read the first two chapters of “The Legend of Tanisha Biggers.” (NSFW, profanity, mild violence, chocolate.) I also answered a few questions and also gave a little behind-the-scenes insight into the development of the three stories found in “The Legend of Tanisha Biggers: Deluxe Edition.”
a fictitious neighborhood weaves its way through two short stories and a novelette
In addition to being a standalone novelette, The Legend of Tanisha Biggers gives a name, culture and history to the neighborhood in which the short stories Cardinal Rule and Swiggers take place. To build this urban village, I began by identifying the landmarks that were already embedded in the previously-published short stories. Additional details were added to fit the whims and the needs of the literary landscape. The neighborhood of Black Haven is born. Read more
Could There be an Odder Odd Couple?:
The Unlikely Sisterhood of Tanisha and Vida in The Legend of Tanisha Biggers: a novelette
When I began writing this story, I had no idea it would include a bond between two characters that transcended friendship. Tanisha, the story’s main character, and her best friend Vida have different upbringings in the fictitious neighborhood of Black Haven. Tanisha was raised by her parents and has specific goals for her life after her parents’ deaths. Vida, on the other hand, was raised by the streets and seems to be content with life in “the hood” – even though she expresses otherwise. Read more