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Interview: Raynetta Stocks, Author of The Grim

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Raynetta Stocks has composed hundreds of works in a multitude of genres from children’s books, adolescent fiction, short stories, and social essays. Her first work, Barely Breathing, a collection of prose and letters written under the pseudonym Micah Michele and comprised with fellow author J. Mahogany, was published in June 2005. 

The Grim is her first solo work, a gritty and empowering novel about a young woman’s struggle with PTSD.  

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing any novel for me is just getting started.  Once I had a workable three or four pages, it wasn’t difficult to continue the vision.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I’ve been writing since I was six years old; I received my first journal that Christmas.  It took me five years to write The Grim, and it was a year in publication so… it was quite awhile.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published (if any)?

My major challenge was motivation to complete the work.  I have never finished a manuscript prior so it was difficult to follow through.

Have you written a book that you have not been able to get published?  If so, can you share a little about it with us?

The works I haven’t published are intentional (smile).  Nothing else is quite deserving of the public eye at this point.

How did you come up with the title?

The Grim is the name of the psychiatric hospital the story is set in. In a way, the facility is a character in itself.

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