Featured Interview With Chyrel J. Jackson & Lyris D. Wallace
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Country Club Hills IL a Southern Suburb outside of Chicago is where we were raised. Chyrel lives in Mississippi. Lyris is still in Chicago. My sister Lyris has 2 cats. Oregon & Benny. My cat Mynx died 3 years ago.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
We loved books as children but our fascination for them reached a new level during the college years. It was then that we discovered African American Literature and oh boy we were compelled to write and be a part of the world of our great literary ancestors. My writing (Chyrel speaking) began in my early 20’s. My sister’s (Lyris) began when she was 30.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
We both love James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Claude McCay, Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, Ralph Elliston, Sonia Sanchez, Gwendolyn Brooks and Nikki Giovanni.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Mirrored Images is a collection of poems written in quarantine during the Pandemic. We explore the darker side of human nature. Our overall arching message of sister love remains in tact but as our first book we tackle many life changing topics. Social injustice, politics, racism, relationships etc.
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