Interview with Tamika Newhouse

Tamika Newhouse
Tamika Newhouse is a self-published bestselling author and founder of Delphine Publications. At the age of 21, Tamika appeared on various bestseller lists and won Self Published Author of the Year at the 2009 African American Literary Awards. Along with Delphine Publications, she is the founder and President of African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) – an online book club and radio show catering to avid readers across the nation. With future projects in the works from short films, stage plays and much more, Tamika is a young woman on a mission.

Tamika presently tours the country speaking about overcoming her teen pregnancy to fulfill her dream, as well as teaching aspiring writers the publishing ropes. She has hosted her own Internet radio show (AAMBC) for over three years and continues to expand her brand. She lives in San Antonio with her son, and daughter. She is currently working on her fourth novel Cookie: A Fort Worth Story.

(1) Award-winning and bestselling author. Publisher. Social networker, par excellence. How do you find the time to write?
I get asked that all of the time. I simply multi-task and plan the day out. I make a list of things to do and try my hardest to get most of it done. It all boils down to timing. If you can multi-task, you can do so much to reach your goals.

(2) Considering your accolades, what is your proudest moment as an author? As a publisher?
Wow, I have never been asked that and to be honest, my most proud moment was holding my very first book for the first time. I couldn’t believe that a lifelong dream was real. It had come true and I made it come true. As a publisher, my proudest moment was signing great talents and seeing them flourish. I love to mold great writers so that they can be successful.

(3) What would you tell new authors about getting their book published?
This is a process and there is no overnight or quick success. Everything comes in its own time and if you are looking for a quick way to make money, look into another source. You have to be a writer because you love it. Point black period.

(4) What can you tell us about Cookie: A Fort Worth Story? And, what’s next on the horizon for you?

Cookie is based on true events about a young girl who decided to step out of her shell and live on the edge. But unfortunately, living on the edge involves sex, drugs, stealing, lying, murder, rape, and so much more for this young girl. I write it simply to help teens see, that if you choose to be in the in crowd this is what can happen. I am currently writing on two novels that are contemporary fiction. I am working with a agent on a multi-book deal as well. I’m just staying consistent and hoping everything works out.

(5) And, what’s next on the horizon for you? Is there a collaboration in the works?
Yes I am working with another bestselling author, Ni’Cola Mitchell. We have penned the novel, He’s My Favorite Mistake to come out next summer. A tour will follow the release. I am very excited because it’s the first of a few collaborated novels from us.

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  1. From Tamika Newhouse, 7/31/12:
    I haven’t sent a newsletter out on myself in ages but I guess now is a better time than any to give you some updates on myself. It’s well into the second half of the year and for me there is no slowing down. From presenting at the Diamond Awards earlier this year to being able to participate in the Essence Music Festival just this month I can’t keep tabs on my whereabouts.

    But all great things are happening here. In less than two months after my relocation to Atlanta I have made huge strides in this networking pool. I am now prepping to host my company launch party, Delphine Publications, with RHOA reality star Marlo Hampton on Aug 8th. More details here . I am also co-authoring a most recent controversial story that was headlined through the national media. Details on that will come soon too.

    But in any event in spite of all this hard work I am doing I am now writing and preparing to release Kisses Don’t Lie 2. This book just recently last week sold 5,8000 kindles in one day and has motivated me to finish up that sequel. So stay tuned.

    In more news….yes there’s more. Please vote for my fifth opportunity to win an African American literary award this September. You can for Tamika Newhouse and the nominated publishing house Delphine Publications here . It is my fourth straight year for being nominated which is an honor in itself. Thank you in advance if you choose to vote for me.
    My last note is I was recently featured in Essence Magazine on this week in their Get lifted column. My story was shown to millions and I am very humbled and grateful to share it with you all as well. Please find my Essence story here and do share it with someone who needs something to fuel their dream.

    Well until next time catch me on the flip side of things and at these events;

    Aug 8th Delphine Publications ATL launch party w/ RHOA Marlo Hampton
    August 17-19th, Southern Hospitality Book Retreat, Atlanta
    Aug 3rd Brown Suga Radio Interview
    August 25th, Sistahs Minds meet and greet in Atlanta
    Sept. 1-2 Decatur Book festival
    Sept 15-16th For Sisters Only
    Sept 27th African American Literary Award Show
    Sept. 28th NYC Sip & Shop
    Sept. 29 Horizon Books signing in Philly
    Sept 29th Weave Bar meet and greet in Philly
    Oct 6-7th Circle of Sisters
    Oct 13th Savvy Sisters meet and greet in Jackson, MS
    Oct 27th Soul Sistahs Meet & Greet in TN
    Nov 3rd. Urban Expressions books and brunch in Memphis

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