Marshunna Clark is a young African-American writer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her interest in various storytelling formats led her to pursue a degree in Screenwriting at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
I liked plenty of books as a child. But one book I remember my mother reading to me was this Disney book, it had a lot if different stories in it with different Disney characters.
What’s your favorite line from a book?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: “Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you’re both engaged in the same business- you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.”
Vintage Baldwin: “But the man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with the roar rising from the void and imposing order on it as it hits the air. What evoked in him, then, is if another order, more terrible because it has no words, and triumphant, too, for that same reason. And his triumph, when he triumphs, is ours.”
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
To be honest I don’t have any favorite authors per se, but some author’s stories I love are: Richard Wright, Donald Goines and James Patterson.
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I had no intention to become a writer initially. Like I didn’t look to writers as, "Wow, how do they do that? I want to do that.” My reasoning for doing this actually came into play when I noticed small flags go off, how I would get excited to write poems and stories for English class. So, not to sound boastful it is another one of the things that came natural to me.
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Always keep your pen or pencil moving. Especially when you don’t feel like it, also have fun and enjoy self and life.