Akiya Finley

Akiya Finley

When did you first realise you wanted to write for a living?

When I started reading urban books, starting with The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljia. I was 12 years old.

Which writer, past or present, do you most admire?

Sister Souljia, Carl Weber, Janet Evanovich, Wahida Clark and Mary B Morrison and Zane

What was your first published (or performed) credit as a writer?

My books The Lawyer Hitwoman, Riding Around With Neena, Not A Product Of My Environment.

Which piece of writing work are you most proud of?

Not A Product Of My Environment.

Who or what inspires you to write?

Myself and the ones that told me I wouldn’t amount to anything and my twins every time I look at them.

How do you switch off when you’re not writing?

Spending time with kids and I work as a substitute teacher.

Which one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Keep going and join WGGB. The union offers a lot of opportunities for aspiring writers with a lot of talent.

Why are you a member of WGGB?

To show off my talent as a screenwriter and author. Also to get benefits that no other union is offering.

I’m from the USA and I’m four different nationalities. I identify as a indigenous multi-racial person. My family tree has the most set of twins in the world, starting with 40. My mom was a teenager when she had me at 16. I graduated with my associate degree from college. I’m part of Crewvie network as a writer. I’m the most talented screenwriter in Chicago on the rise. I’m Echo Kellum’s niece, so I have a family full of talented people. I been in the industry since 2016.


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