The face behind the pen.

My name is Tosha Dodd-Dunnaville. I was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. Some know me as Sasha Rain. I was born to a white woman and a black man. I have the same biological parents as my sister, Timeka who came into this world six years after me. I’m a Mother and Grandmother who enjoys making jewelry, reading a good book, and writing. I used to work in healthcare assisting with providing patient care but I guess it’s not work when you love it. My journey with Multiple Sclerosis has led me to commit to writing as a career.

Q1. What made you start writing?
I started out writing to help people I grew up with pass time by reading my stories. I have always used writing to escape reality and even to embrace it at times. I guess it’s fair to say that life made me start writing.
Q2. How long have you been writing?
Since childhood but I never imagined being published until a couple of years ago.
Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?
The hardest part for me is that I know I can’t please everyone. No one can.
Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?
I’ve learned a lot. I think the most important lesson being an Author has taught me is that the only person who can keep me from a successful writing career is myself.
Q5. What is the best part of being an author?
The best part of being an Author is meeting people from all walks of life. You get so many moments in time as an Author when nothing but reading and writing matter. It’s an amazing feeling.
Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?
It can, not always, but yes, sometimes.
Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
My publisher, Soulja Choc takes care of that. I tell him my thoughts and he puts my thoughts into a visual for the world to see. I decided to leave it up to him because he would never release a cover that I don’t approve of.
Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.
Life is not always what you make it. Sometimes, just being around the ones you love can cost you more than your life. In this story, there is a young woman whose sweet sixteen turned out not to be sweet at all but as promised the day turned into one she will never forget marking the death anniversary of her friend. She went from an innocent teen to an innocent inmate in less than one hour after school on her sixteenth birthday. She lost both of her best friends, her freedom, her mother, right to vote, right to a fair life, and the love she had from extended family. This story is about life, love, freedom, family, forgiveness, betrayal, sexuality, lies, and the truth.
Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Addison. I favor Addison because I can see her, feel what she feels, see what she sees, and relate to her love for her child. Addison is a fictional character but she is very real to me.
Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?
Oddly enough, everyone. I don’t have a target market with this book because we all know how good sin feels no matter what category it falls in. Sin applies to everyone. People should read my book because no matter their race, religion, sexuality, or walk in life there’s something inside Addy’s world that everyone can relate to. My endeavors are unique because I don’t want my reader to just read about my characters but to actually inhale and exhale life with each of them.
Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Meagan Good.
Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?
I am working on several other projects including collaborations but the one I’m most excited about is a book that tells you about the life of being a police officer’s son through the eyes of Sincere Washington. Sincere isn’t your average young black male in America growing up in the hood. Everything you will think as you read about Sincere will surprise you later.
In the past, I had two collaborations, and a novel published.
Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?
Don’t sign with the first person holding a contract. Do your homework even if you’ve known them your entire lives, research to find out which publisher will fit your needs as an Author. Whatever you do, ignore negativity, and never quit.

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