Writing most of the poetry in her teenage years, LaQueisha expresses the situations she felt passionate about. From love to heartache, friends to enemies, hopes to fears, and divorced parents to spiritual acceptance, she invites her readers into her most sacred spave...her heart!
My book is a compilation of poetry written throughout my teenage years. I put this compilation together to show the real emotions faced as a youth whether it be relationship, friendship, and family related. So many times as a teenager I was told that I was too young to understand love, hurt, heartache, and other emotions. But I feel like people tend to forget they were young with the same emotions. At the moment that particular emotion is real and in order to teach our youth how to deal with their emotions we have to tackle them as the approach while they are young. Then we can raise up a generation of children able to cope with life's hardships.
What fact do you feel readers would be surprised to discover about yourself or the topic covered?
I feel readers would be surprised to discover these poems where written in my teenage years. I have so many adults relating to my poetry, and are shocked to know I was in my teens.
What professional or personal experience do you have that qualify you to write about you book's topic?
Personal experience which qualifies me to write the poems in my book are the many situations and problems through family and friendship that I began to write my feelings, which in turn became my coping mechanism.
What is it that you'd like readers to walk away with after reading your book?
I want readers to walk away with the notion to look at a young face and see their pain as it is presented and offer advice and help instead of pushing their emotions off as "You're too young." Because the fact of the matter is they are young and the emotions at that time are real, and it is the first glimpse of what this world has to offer for heartache, pain, love, joy, happiness, and all other emotions that may be overwhelming.
What is a hidden talent or pastime that you enjoy that would surprise others?
A pastime that I enjoyed was traveling with my father on the road with with band. He would teach me to play the piano and I became pretty good.
About LaQueisha Malone
April 4, 2015
April 15, 2015
Women's Convention in Fordyce, Arkansas (Keynote Speaker & Book Signing)
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Speaker & Book Signing)