100 Authors in 100 Days

Author LaTia Blanks

Tia B. was born in Huntsville, TX, and is the oldest of ten children. She loves writing, reading, and sports and video games. Tia is a mother and is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Tia enjoys working with the elderly as a Nursing Assistant, and she is an advocate for mental health. “Mental Beloved” is her debut novel.

PWH: Describe LaTia in 5 words?

LB: Ambitious, Kind, Intelligent, Creative, Resilient 

PWH: Where did you get your start in writing?

LB: I started writing when I was 9 years old. I realized I had talent because of how well I did on my writing test. My auntie encouraged me to write every day after that.

PWH: Tell us about your Novel entitled: “Mental Beloved?”

LB: Mental Beloved is about a black woman who struggles with a mental illness while trying to find true love. It takes her to fall for the wrong man to realize she had loved all along. The title literally means a deep love occurring in the mind.

PWH: You are a mental health advocate, in particular, you work with those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, tell us about that?

LB: I do private care with these individuals. I create activities to keep their brains active which science has proven to slow the progression of the disease. Being a mental health advocate I’m able to advocate for them and people with mental illnesses because they have some of the same symptoms. 

PWH: What message are you hoping readers learn from your work?

LB: I hope all my readers learn that people with mental illnesses are people too. They are not their diagnosis. I hope it brings awareness of mental health to the black community. 

Follow Latia on her journey by visiting her site www.latiablanks.wixsite.com/tiawroteit

Social Media: Twitter: @TiaWroteIt

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authortiab

Instagram: https://instagram.com/author.tiab?r=nametag

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