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Author Spotlight: Jill Shawntaye Kapri

August 14, 2020
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Hello everyone! Welcome to another author spotlight! These will be posts where I discuss and showcase, predominantly women and people of color, their writing talents and published works. So without further ado let’s get on with the Author Spotlight!

Meet the Author!

Author Jill Shawntaye Kapri

I am Author Jill Shawntaye Kapri born in Tallahassee, FL. I’m from Chattahoochee, Florida. I have been writing since I was 9years old. I picked up a pen for the first time at nine years old when I wrote a poem to my father after he was killed. Since then I have written more poetry. I began reading urban fiction books. I began to cross over and try my luck at writing urban fiction short stories. I’m currently self-published. I have one book out titled Hoes In Da Hood. Part 2 of that book is releasing this July 31st.

What and when started your love for writing?

My mom used to buy me diaries and journals. When I was nine years old my father was killed. I remember sitting on the steps of my apartment complex with my journal and I started writing him a poem letting him know how much I missed and loved him but I made sure that each ending had some sort of rhyme. That was the beginning. As I got older around fifteen I started reading urban fiction books and that’s when I knew it was something I wanted to do. 

Of all the book genres, what drew you to write about yours

Thug Series: Wahida Clark | Music book, Bestselling author, Book worms

I started reading Wahida Clark’s Thug Series and then got hooked on Ashley Antoinette.

I was already familiar with similar books in that genre so I went for it, Not only do I write Urban fiction-drama and romance. I’m also planting my seeds with Non-fiction. I don’t want to write be a one genre Author I want to do it all.

If you could meet your favorite author who would it be and why?

I have two favorite Authors lol I can not just meet one and not the other as I mentioned earlier I’m a huge fan of Wahida Clark and Ashley Antoinette. I would love to meet them one day because it’s not everyday you take a young girl from the hood and she makes a name for herself through pen and paper picture painting. They gave me that motivation to do so and I would love to thank them in person for paving the way for so many women and aspiring authors like myself.

What is your biggest struggle as a writer?

My biggest struggle was consistency. I had so many things going on in my life I wasn’t being consistent with my writing. Now my mind is focused and I do not plan on stopping anytime soon.

What makes your book(s)/writing special?

When I write my books I picture paint. When I write my poems I paint pictures. Writing is who I am. The story may be told a million times but when I tell it I can guarantee you it will not be told the same. 

So…what are you working on now?

I have two books I’m promoting now Hoes In Da Hood Part 1 and 2. I’m also in the process of writing a non-fiction book titled A Shameful Pain along with a poem book titled The  Keys Of Palm Trees.


Jill’s interview was amazing. Reading her story and writing journey was so inspirational and I am honored to have it among others in my author spotlights. If you want to get in contact or connect with Jill you can follow her on:


Thank you all for reading and remember:

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