Headshots can say a lot about a person. A drama student may look serious, a comedian beams a laughing smile... But what does an author look like?
Joshunda Sanders, in front of my lens looks strong, intelligent, beautiful and more. With her third publication on the horizon I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this fierce lady recently in our Nation's Capital!
Where are you from originally? I spent the first few years of my life in Philadelphia, then most of my childhood/adolescence in New York City (mainly the Bronx).
What is your fondest memory growing up? I spent most Sundays attending Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral with my mother. Afterwards, we would walk down Fifth Avenue to Central Park. On the way, we would stop at what was then F.A.O. Schwarz, a huge toy store. We never had any money to buy anything, but the great thing about the store was that you could play with all the toys without having to take them with you. I loved the GUND stuffed animals the most. They were huge and soft.
Who inspires you? This is a really long list. I love people and artists who are brave enough to be individuals and to share a vision of the world that is inclusive and groundbreaking or just uniquely theirs against all odds. I draw inspiration from all kinds of places -- I just discovered Chance the Rapper and his amazing album The Coloring Book, which is beautifully inspiring. I adore the art of Kara Walker. I appreciate Beyonce not just as an entertainer but as a master of marketing and an incredible businesswoman. Her artistic control, like that of Prince, is also really inspiring.
When/how did you decide to take the plunge into writing? I decided when I was 12 that I wanted to be a writer. When you're little, your dreams seem plausible no matter what they are, and I had considered a lot of different things -- fashion illustrator/designer, English teacher, college professor. I liked the idea of getting to work with other people since I spent a lot of time by myself. But my decision to become a writer came out of what was maybe too much solitude for a young person a lot of the time. I had thoughts and ideas and characters in my brain from wandering the city and reading a lot. I wanted a place to keep all of it, and it turned out that notebooks were really good for that. So I started with stories and writing in my journal and ended up writing much more than I ever expected to.
Find her current works here:
How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media: http://www.abc-clio.com/Praeger/product.aspx?pc=A4217C
Single & Happy: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270861
Visit her website: https://joshundasanders.com/
Thank you, Joshunda for sharing your talents with the world!
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