Here at The Root we’ve always loved, praised, and centered Black literature in the broader conversation. Each week host Maiysha Kai sits down with an author we love to talk about their work, what inspires them, and what they hope to contribute to the culture at large. Guests so far include Nikole Hannah Jones, Brittney Cooper, Stacey Abrams, Ibram X. Kendi, Ijeoma Oluo, Morgan Jerkins, and Claudia Rankine.
This week we're sitting down with the talented and prolific fiction writer, Tia Williams. Tia is truly a writer in every sense of the word—she’s been a beauty editor for magazines like Elle, Glamour, Essence, and Lucky, and she’s currently the Editorial Director at Estee Lauder. She’s also written five critically lauded novels, including the African American Literary Award-winning novel The Perfect Find. Tia's latest romance novel is the instant New York Times bestseller, Seven Days in June, and we had the honor of getting to talk to her about how the inspiration for the story came to her, her approach to writing sex scenes, and how she musters the discipline to write a full novel while also having another full-time job in addition to being a mother.