We had the good fortune of connecting with Dennis Haynes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dennis, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When starting my publishing company it was important to set a foundation that would have an impact on sharing knowledge with and about the Black community. I knew my calling was centered around writing and as I thought about the impact I would like to have, helping to create more readers and writers was vital and very near to my heart.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Writing is truly an art form as words are a wonderful way to express yourself and relate to others. What sets me apart from others is my unique voice, my ability to help pull that art out of others who want to write but haven’t quite figured it out yet, and lastly I’ve learned a lot of the writing and grammar rules just so I can challenge them. What I’m most proud of right now is being a 2x international author and the multiple people who have reached out to me asking for guidance with writing their books as they were motivated and inspired by me. That feeling is incredibly humbling and that impact makes it worth the long days and late nights. The journey of writing a book and becoming an author is not easy. Having focus and perseverance were primarily my tools to overcome the unexpected challenges.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What I love about L.A. is the variety of food, places, and people within and around the city. If one of my best friends was visiting we’d definitely have to grab some sushi. I’m a foodie at heart and so are most, if not all, of my friends so great food is a must. Other than that we dive into any and everything from the beach to the museum to different Black owned businesses around the city like Simply Wholesome.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many different books and people have been incredibly important to my journey as an author. Someone who has truly been instrumental in my experience is my mentor, editor, and friend, Flo Jenkins.
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