Featured Interview With Nellie Cake
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in the Appalachia mountains in Kentucky. Now I live in a concrete world. I’ve had a lot of dogs as companions, but will never let my hear get involved in any pet or human. I wrote one autobiography, novel type, but have four different titles for the same book because I like all my titles. I divided them so I could offer them in chapters. I also wrote six smaller books which are take offs or detailed stories that are in my main book. Before the age of nine cousins, uncles, brothers, and strangers were raping my sisters and me. A man beat and raped me at gun point.
The next day he beat, raped and shot my two little girl friends. I left home and school in fourth grade. When I did try to go home, one of my uncles raped me. There were so many rapes happening that I’m not sure if he’s the father of my first daughter. My family hates me because him, by brothers, other uncles and cousins were raping my sisters and me. My mom, dad and family stole the baby and raised her as theirs. The Iron Horseman motorcycle gang stole my next son I gave birth to.
He had double pneumonia and a broken collar bone from me getting beat for three nights before the night of labor and living on the streets in the snow. The gang thought I hurt my baby. My stomach exploded from being an alcoholic putting me in a coma for nine months. While in the coma my mother-in-law stole my next two children. They were seven and eleven when they were stolen. My fifth child arm robbed a bank in Lake County, Florida with a gang and her boyfriend, Jesse James. (Go figure.)
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
It wasn’t a fascination with books, it was a fascination with writing. Since the age of nine after that man shot my two friends when I was nine, I started carrying a pencil or pen and something to write on. Even through homelessness, hitching in snow for many years looking for my kids, in prisons and jails, through the brutal beatings and rapes I carried writing material. Fake stories, fantasy, thrillers, romance, and porn sells good. If you have imagination and talent, go for those genders.
I’ve never seen anything, but reality so making up romance or children’s books that lie to them isn’t my thing. If you have imagination and haven’t destroyed by the reality called life, you will make money. Writing about real things that happened in someone’s life, autobiographies don’t make money. Don’t let nasty reviewers depress you, they do it for money or rewards, but take what you learn from their review and make your book better. I love typing and writing.
My last daughter has read most all the huge books with no pictures because I brain washed her while she was growing up by telling her she can escape in the big books. I didn’t know about paragraph structure, sentences, punctuation, and formatting because I left school and home in fourth. Then I met my room-mate I have now who taught all this to me.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
The movie, “Deliverance” freaked me out and made a lasting sickening impression. That boy wasn’t really playing that banjo. Hillbillies are like that and it is like that in mountains many years ago, but movies and books exaggerate and make fun of us. I’m in an inbred hillbilly if you haven’t guessed. I had a sick family who alienated me over and over and have now alienated me again for exposing the nasty dirt in our family. Most of which they didn’t know about till I wrote it.
I was getting upset to read online in a lot of books, movies, websites, and articles that inbred hillbillies are blue, deformed and have horrid defects. I want to debunk the stereotyping of hillbillies, homelessness, exotic strip dancers, cock fighters, inmates, and victims of rape and abuse. I’m not blue and have no defects. I do like to be bare foot and I wash my overalls to be clean, not to impress city folk. Hillbillies on my side of the holler do make moonshine, grow weed and don’t road kill lesson it’s soft.
My dad, being a preacher held a double barrel and married me to an abusive man. The book, “Hillbilly Elegy,” again people who are not an inbred hillbilly writing about us. I’m very honored to have so many interested in inbred hillbillies.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
“Dear Whack Job Narcissist,” was written because I’ve lived with, loved and tolerated hundreds of narcissist, murders and rapist. Most were long term relationships that ended in deep trauma for me. I parted from each one in the most hilarious fitting ways. My hurt from the many years of damage pushes me to continue writing knowing that violence in the world will never stop. I want to shame abusers, rapist, narcissist even murderers.
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