The online writing community is a small one. Good news – and bad – travels fast. But so, too, are new voices uplifted and given outlets to grow, thrive, and find their own creative path. No matter what an era brings, writers find ways to contextualize realities, build worlds, and expand audiences’ imaginations. That’s as true for a newcomer as it is for a seasoned author.
In this installment, meet Myliyah Hanna from Chicago, Illinois.
Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
Most of my inspiration comes from my time working in a nursing home on Chicago’s northwest side in the early 1990s. The residents were mostly immigrants who had somehow made it to Chicago, where they proceeded to spin a whole new life for themselves. I spent a lot of time interviewing each resident, and I came away with tons of fascinating stories—many of them stranger than fiction!