What inspired you to write your book?
I originally wrote a screenplay and after discovering Urban Literature from a book I read called Hoodlum by K’Wan. I began researching how to self-publish. I then converted my screenplay Crew Love into my first novel in 2009.
What is your favorite character /lesson in your book? Explain why?
My favorite character is Black Love, he is a Attorney turned Private Investigator. He is my favorite because he is the first character that I’ve written for since switching genres from Urban Fiction to Crime Fiction. I feel as though I’ve grown as a person and it reflects in my writing.
Who is the intended audience for your book?
Anyone who has a passion for the written word. My goal is to write fun, entertaining stories that anyone can relate to.
What do you want readers to take away or say about your book when done reading?
That was good! When is part two coming out?
Name a few of your favorite books.
Not sure if you meant that I’ve written or that I’ve read. I’ll go with what I’ve read. Off the top, I’d have to say Eric Jerome Dickey’s Gideon Series, A Wanted Woman (another Eric Jerome Dickey novel) and Policy Kings “An Informal History” by Nathan Thompson.
Who are some of the writers that have influenced your writing?
Donald Goines, Eric Jerome Dickey, K’Wan, Walter Mosley.
What are your thoughts on the publishing process and getting your book to market?
My thoughts, it’s most definitely a grind and although I have been doing this since 2009 I am still carving my niche.
Where is your book available?
Amazon.com or www.bleedingpenpublishing.com
You are also a graphic designer, how can someone look to get their Book cover designed reach you?
Just like purchasing one of my titles they can reach me at www.bleedingpenpublishing.com about getting a book cover done.
How can readers find out more about your book, upcoming titles, and events?
Interview with Author Chemistry
1.Introduce yourself to our readers
My names is Chemistry and I am a author from Alabama. I am also the CEO of Go Gettas Magazine and blogger @ Books & Chocolates Book Blog. I am also an advocate for Anti Bullying.
2. What inspired you to become a writer?
I am an abuse survivor, and writibg became my way of escaping my situation and I was able to find solitude in writing; which helped me to get out of a bad situation.
3.Tell us about your latest work?
I just recently in September 2013 released a verified Anti Bullying book on abuse and bullying, Titled “No One Cared” It deals with issues facing our nation daily.
4. What was the hardest part about writing this book?
Writing Zaria’s part was the hardest. Rape and abuse of a defenseless child is never easy. It takes you to a place of such pain and heartbreak.
5. What future projects are you working on?
I am currently gearing up for my second Virtual Book Tour on December 1st, and working on my next book that is due to be released in January 2014. I am also gearing up for the new launch of Go Gettas Magazine.
Books & Chocolates Book Blog
Introduce yourself to the audience.
I was born and raised in Orangeburg, SC. I love to eat, watch movies, read, and obviously write. I’m married, have two kids and I live in Texas. Oh, and I hate spiders.
Tell us about your title.
Lovely Lies, basically sums up the concept of my novel. Makynzee, the main character, has been lied to and kept in the dark about a lot of things and the preise behind that is that most of the people lying to her are doing it out of love and trying to protect her. In a perfect world, that would be ok, but we all know nothign is perfect…except maybe my father-in-law’s gumbo. It was originally titled Through It All, but with the help of my publisher we came up with Lovely Lies.
What inspired you to write your book?
I’ve always written, books…short stories and stories that literally never ended, so a really close friend basically challenged me and said that I wouldn’t write one that I was willing to try to get published.
Who is the audience for the book? Who do you feel will enjoy book most and why?
The audience and who I think will enjoy my book most is women age 18-35. That’s not to say that most lovers of urban fiction and romance won’t enjoy it, because I think they will. My book falls into the genre of romance, with a twist and it’s an urban fiction, so it can be enjoyed by both genres as an urban fiction.
Who was your favorite character?
Hands down, Kaeden. He has this mysteriousness about him. That characteristic of I know he has that psycho crazy gene, but I know it would only be used to protect what he loves and cares for. Just enough bad boy mixed with perfect gentleman to keep you satisfied and on your toes.
What did you enjoy most about writing the book?
I enjoyed writing about how Makynzee and Kalil fell for each other. You know it’s an instant attraction, but there’s also that “I shouldn’t be doing this” factor as well.
What was your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge was being okay with writing things that I didn’t actually agree with. Letting the characters have their own thoughts and make their own decisions instead of using mine.
Describe your writing style.
Hmmmm…grab pencil and paper or MacBook and ready, set, go! I don’t think I have a specific style, I sjust write what I see playing out in my mind and hope that it works.
How is your book different from others in the genre?
Romances are usually based on a love story that survives against all odds and have a generally happy ending…that may not be the case with mine.
Who are some of your writing influences?
I don’t have specifics, I thrive off of really god stories, so it could be a vet and big name, such as Eric Jerome Dickey or a new name, such as one of my label mates, Author Saundra.
Let us know about upcoming events and projects. How can readers contact you?
Lovely Lies 2 – Release Date: TBD
July 3 – Bayou Soul Writers & Readers Conference (New Orleans, LA)
July 4-8 – Essence Music Festival (New Orleans, LA)
Aug 30-31 – South Dallas Book Fair (Dallas, TX)
October 24-26 – National Black Book Festival (Houston, TX)
I look around and see a guy sitting behind the bar. He glances up at me as I walk in, but looks back down at the papers on the bar. Obviously I pose no threat to him because he doesn’t look up again until I’m close enough to say excuse me. What happens next confuses me. My throat feels like sand paper, I forget how to speak, and my stomach is filled with butterflies. He’s beautiful. Wait, I don’t think men can actually be beautiful, so what is he? Handsome would be an understatement.
With a slight frown, he asks, “What you need?”
Damn, his voice only adds to my current struggle to take him all in. He looks dangerous…sexy. I think I should be scared, but he stops frowning. I struggle to find my voice as he gets up and begins to walk to me. He’s very tall. Very athletic looking; his body is amazing. I wanna touch him.
“You look lost, where you trying to go?”
Of course I would turn into a mute right now. Did I expect anything more of myself? I’ve never been this drawn to anyone before. His skin is dark, much darker than mine, but his eyes are a weird mixture of green and something else, maybe brown. Color doesn’t matter though, they’re stunning. I get lost in them and before I know it he’s standing directly in front of me.
His scent assaults my nose. Someone should seriously bottle it up just for me. His voice gives me goose bumps. He’s much taller than I thought. I’m 5’7” and wearing heels and I still have to tilt my head to look at him. I finally manage to croak out, “I’m fine.”
He smiles at me. I feel faint. If it were physically possible, I’d melt.
“Then what you need?”
“I’m looking for Kalil.”
He walks away and asks, “Who sent you here?”
“I need a job. She said to tell him to cash in the favor he owes her.”
“A job doing what?”
He’s frowning again. I’m not sure if I should be offended or not. The obvious answer would be dancing, but he seems to be genuinely curious. I decide to be offended.
“Well this is a strip club isn’t it?”
“How old are you?”
He stares at me in silence then sits on one of the bar stools.
“Bullshit, your real age.”
LaShanta Charles was born and raised in Orangeburg, SC. She has always been an avid reader of all genres, but Urban/ African American Fiction has always been her true love and is what inspired her to pursue a writing career. In high school, she began letting her classmates read the short stories that she would write and based off of their feedback, her passion for writing pushed her to become a published author. Through trial and error, she has developed a unique writing style that she fully embraces. She penned her first official novel, Lovely Lies, in 2013 and is currently working on the sequel.
Currently she lives in Killeen, TX, with her husband and two children. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English at Drury University and also serving on active duty in the US Army. Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling, eating, and of course, writing. Her motto is “strive to excel, not to equal.”
UM: Introduce yourself to the audience.
Hello, my name is Ni’cola Mitchell, and I am an author and I run an independent publishing house NCM Publishing. Originally from Jamaica, I am a proud mother of two beautiful and talented girls Destani Imani 18 and Diamond Lynn 13. Currently we reside in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
UM: Tell us how your career started as a writer.
My story is actually different from other writers. Unlike most writers, that knew that this was going to be their profession, my dreams were totally opposite. I wanted to be a CEO of a hospital, not my own publishing company. My book career started from a dare. I graduated from college in 2008 and my friends and family dared me to turn my journal entries into a book. That is when I wrote my debut novel, Over and Over Again and then shortly after, The Appetizer, When You’re Not His Main Course. Two months after the release of the Appetizer, my eldest sister (whom raised me) passed away. She was my main cheer leader in my journey as an author. I went through a deep depression and penned out Twisted. Almost three years later from the release of my first novel, my fourth title A Cold Piece will be released March 31, 2012.
UM: Tell us about your upcoming release A Cold Piece.
Well I am really excited about this novel. This one is not like my usual drama filled novel. A Cold Piece is a Suspense Thriller revolving around three main characters: Lisa, Anthony, and Gabrielle. Lisa Oliver was comfortable in her lifestyle. She had everything that one can ask for, anything that money could buy and a husband that treasured her. Everything changed once Anthony found about some horrible secrets that Lisa was hiding and divorced her. Two years go by, and Anthony remarries Gabrielle, they are happy and settled in their life, until everyone around the happy couple either becomes missing, hurt or dead.
UM: How do you balance your writing / publishing with your personal and social life?
It wasn’t until recently that I realized the importance of balance. The only way that I can continue being successful in my career, is if I separate my family life from my career. I have incorporated my team more and began scheduling time for my family. This includes turning my phones off, and not checking my emails.
UM: When you attend an event(book signing/festival), what last impression or message do you want to leave visitors with?
I want the readers to see that I am a real person. Even though I am professional and grind out everyday, that I am also funny and down to earth. I hope that a person can see me pursuing my dreams, and that will in turn motivate them to pursue their own.
UM: Can you give us your contact information:
My websites are as follows: www.nicolacmitchell.com, www.ncmpublishing.com, www.nicolaandtamika.com. You can also find me on facebook and twitter: www.facebook.com/msnicola and www.twitter.com/msnicola
Anna Black is both talented and inspiring. She recently released her third romance page turner Who Do I Run To and had the opportunity to speak to Anna Black about her writing and publishing journey.
UM: What type of stories do you write?
I Romance with a hint of drama and suspense. I write romantic stories that are more realistic than fantasy. What is it about those stories that draws you to that subject? What draws me is the realness. I get feedback all the time with readers saying how they experienced the same situation or they know someon who has.
UM: How did you start your career as a writer?
AB: I started with a Print-On-Demand company initially, then I signed with Delphine Publications.
UM: Tell us a little bit about your current book?
AB: My current release is about a young woman that is involved with a married man and after five years of being his mistress, she decides to move on with a new guy she meets. As soon as she calls it quits, her married lover leaves his wife for her and now she is caught between the two of them and is unsure who she wants to choose. Is it a series? It is part one to the sequel Who Do I Run To Now? Coming summer of 2012.
UM: What was it like trying to get your story published?
AB: This release was easy because I’m signed with a publishing house.
UM: Did you have many rejections from publishers?
I’ve never been rejected because I’ve never submitted my novels to any other publishers.
UM: Did you need an agent?
AB: No I didn’t need an agent.
UM: Is this book inspired by personal experience?
AB: No, purely fiction. Where did the idea come from? A little of it was inspired by a friends situation.
UM: What do you do for promotion?
AB: I promote through on line sites like FaceBook and Twitter. I also hand out post cards almost everywhere I go and my publisher also does a lot of promoting for me. I do several signings a year and attend a lot of book conferences.
UM: Online chats?
AB: No chats.
UM: What is the oddest or most challenging thing you had to do to research this book?
AM: Nothing really, there is nothing in the book that needed a lot of research.
UM: How can readers find you and your books? Twitter? Facebook?
Interview with Fallen Author Quiana
UM: Can you Introduce yourself to readers?
I’m Quiana, a new author from Philadelphia! Writing is a passion of mine that I am eager to share. It’s been a long time goal of mine since age 17 to become a published author by the age of 25, so I am very proud to have met that goal and to deliver a great story to my audience.
UM: How did you get involved in publishing?
Well, I consulted with several authors that I know to decide if self publishing was the best option. I was proud of my completion but had no Idea how to go through the publishing process. I did a lot of research! I decided to go with self publishing due to the amount of freedom it allows, it’s just a lot of work.
UM: What prompted you to write Fallen? Anything based of true events?
The story is not based upon true events, however people can relate, I think that is why my readers love it so much. The plot just came to me one day in my living room after I already started another novel. I felt strongly in my heart that Fallen should be my first novel, and so far it has proven to be a good choice. There aren’t many stories, if any, about this new wave of cougars in the dating world. Fallen explores that type of a relationship with the upsides and downfalls. Throw sex, lies, and adultry in it and you have a very captivating story!
UM: Who is the audience for the book? What do you hope they take away after reading?
I have had young, old, white and black readers so far who all loved the story! I am very proud to say my audience range with this story is wide. Fallen was intended to be a story for mothers. Mothers who like myself, gave up youth in exchange for stability or to raise a family. Ramae, the main character, spends a lot of time reflecting back and wondering if things could have been different. I think for men and women, we have a hard time fighting selfish temptation, and thinking that we missed out on something. I want my readers to take the lesson of thinking before acting from this story. Is lust and youth worth risking for stability? Should we be accepting of the life that we have chosen or is it never to late to live our dreams? These are questions people deal with on the daily bases.
UM: Who was your favorite character? Why?
Well of course I have to say Ramae! As the main character she expereinces several transformations, which always makes a plot great. You see her at her strongest and weakest, you root for her while secretly wishing for her downfall. You will find yourself identifying with her internal conflicts, while wondering what is she thinking! But I also love her friend Porscha because she reminds me of myself! The fun friend who will always tell it how it is! I love her character because she doesn’t sugar coat things with Ramae, she focuses more on being a true friend not a good one.
UM: DId you have any challenges while writing the book?
With Fallen being my first book the greatest challenge was sticking to it! I had to remind myself that this was something that I’ve wanted for a long time and if anytime was the right time it would be 2011! I had prayed for time off from work to write my first novel, and when God blessed me with it I knew it was time to focus! Being a single parent also created challenge. I would feel guilty for giving up hours to writing somedays.
UM: Whats Next?
My next novel will be Uptown’s Princess! I am working on it now and I hope to release it in the spring. There will also be a sequel to Fallen in the future, and I would love to turn it into a stage play! Hopefully 2012 will be a big year there are lots of plots in my head that I am ready to put on paper.
UM: Tell readers how to contact you or attend some of your events.
You can always follow me on twitter @authorquiana, facebook Author Quiana, or my website www.Quianawrites.com which has my email listed! Readers should also checkout my video blog on my about me page to get a better sense of me as a person! My website also has info on my upcoming book party in Philadelphia and will have postings for radio interviews, book signings, and other events.
UM: Introduce Yourself to Readers.
KS: My name is Kai Storm, I am the author of Alani’s Bigger Hustle. It’s my first novel, written in 2008 and published in July 2011.
UM: Tell us about your book Alani’s Bigger Hustle.
KS: Alani’s Bigger Hustle is about a young panamanian girl who grew up in the drug game, came to America and met a pedofile/drug dealer and used him to get/overtake the game in her special way.
UM: How would you describe your writing style?
KS: The best way to describe my writing style is turning a nickle into a dollar. In other words I take a small, insignificant real fact and turn it into a whole fantasy. That’s what makes my stories so real.
UM: What are some of your favorite books?
KS: Coldest Winter Ever and Their Eyes were watching God
UM: What type of reader would enjoy your book most? What do you want readers to take away after reading your book?
KS: Any type, there are numerous life lessons written into the fantasy/fictional story of Alani’s Bigger Hustle and the moral of the story is to always follow your dreams because they can come true, that’s what my book represents to me.
UM: Who is your favorite character? Why?
KS: The main characters, Alani and Baker because their love/trust for each other is so real and genuine.
UM: What challenges occurred while writing the book?
KS: No challenges, the story lived within my since I was 12. The real challenge was getting published because I was first signed to a company that did nothing with my novel then I found a reputable company who published me within six months.
UM: What’s next?
KS: The sequel. Everyone that has read ALANI’S BIGGER HUSTLE has asked me for the sequel and I am about 60-80% into it. I also have two book signings in Philadelphia on 12/10/11.
UM: How can readers connect with you for signings etc.?
KS: On Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Youtube, Linkedin, just google me and you will find me, lol!
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