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Author Spotlight: Tanisha D. Mackin

Author Spotlight: Tanisha D. Mackin

Author Tanisha D. Mackin is a woman tried refined by the fire.  The award-winning and 3x Bestselling author was widowed by the age of 31, and within in the same year diagnosed with colon-cancer, which she talks about in her book Still Standing. She would go on to write four other books of her own

Author Tanisha D. Mackin is a woman tried refined by the fire.  The award-winning and 3x Bestselling author was widowed by the age of 31, and within in the same year diagnosed with colon-cancer, which she talks about in her book Still Standing. She would go on to write four other books of her own and has published several books under the Author Tanisha D. Mackin, LLC imprint including working with 4x Grammy Award Winning and reality star Stevie J (LHHATL), Genise Shelton (Married To Medicine), actress/comedienne, Kim Coles and the legendary rapper Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia).

A recipient of the 2013 Utopian Euphoria Making A Difference, 2016 Metro Phenomenal Women, 2016 Black Women Are Award for survivorship, the 2016 IALA award for Memoir of the year for her book, My Testimony, I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through and the 2016 Rising Star Award. Her experiences led Tanisha to write several books, write for several magazines, and appearing on several radio and television shows.  Tanisha has been in several magazines, including gracing the cover of Writers Life Magazine. Learn more about

Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes Tanisha, Tanisha?

Tanisha: I try to enjoy life to the fullest because I learned the hard way that life is so short and precious.  I am one big party at times, I love having fun, but I know when to separate business from pleasure. I’m straight forward so what you see is what you get.  Very hard working, mother of 2 and very lovable until you cross me….

Fancy: Tell us a little about your latest book, My Testimony, I Don’t Look like What I’ve Been Through.

Tanisha: My first few books were sad and I was in a depressed and grieving state of mind.  I wanted to write a book five years later in a different head space from when I first lost my husband, so this book puts me in a better mindset, updates on relationships that were estranged, friendships, violence and etc.  I wanted to show my audience that I definitely do not look like what I’ve been through.

Fancy: We all question God when bad things happen to us, but later we learn why they happened or that they were supposed to happen. What are your thoughts on the matter after all you have experienced?

Tanisha: I’ve learned a long time ago to not question God because he doesn’t make any mistakes.  So, when I lost my husband the way I did and when I was diagnosed with colon cancer, I never questioned God because I knew there was a meaning behind it.  Now I may not understand the meaning, but there is always a reason for everything.

Fancy: You speak of bereavement and pain often. How does this book differ in your opinion?

Tanisha: I feel like I shed light in this book.  I talk about how I overcame issues within the last five years of my life.  Again, this book differs because it talks about the now and how I am in a different head space.

Fancy: How do you manage to keep your spirits up when you work so closely with those in pain?

Tanisha: I enjoy helping and talking to others.  I stay uplifted because I want people to know that there is always a light at the end of that dark tunnel called grief.

Fancy: Do you have a writing routine? If so, can you share it with us?

Tanisha: When I am ready to write a book, I start with an outline.  I am old fashion so I’ll grab a notebook and write my entire book out.  After I’ve written the book out, I’ll go back and edit.  Then I’ll send it to an editor and now my book is ready to be published.  I like to write everything out before I edit and type it.

Fancy: Can you share two tips for those of us interested in ghostwriting?

Tanisha:

  1. Listen and embody your client. They are telling you their stories, and it is your job to bring their stories to life.
  2. It is very time consuming but very rewarding.

Fancy: Please share two of your favorite quotes.

Tanisha: “Hustle until you no longer have to introduce yourself” “Love yourself and the rest will follow”

Fancy: You also offer publishing services, can you tell us a little about those?

Tanisha: I encourage people to share their stories through writing.  So what my company does is help a client with their book from start to finish. We offer ghostwriting and editing services, proofreading, coaching, book tour or book signing assistance and etc.

Fancy: Are you working on any new projects or events that you care to share?

Tanisha: I am working on a few projects that I am so excited about.  I am publishing a book for the legendary rapper Gangsta Boo from the group Three 6 Mafia.  I have a collaboration with one of my good friends Jae Nash and I also have some other things I am working on that I cannot share at this time.

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