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Monique D. Mensah is a native Detroiter with an innate love for the written word. She has been an avid reader of fiction since her early years in elementary school when she used to read The "Nancy Drew" and "The Babysitter's Club " series. She inherited her fondness for the arts and African-American fiction from her mother who regularly enjoyed black literature. Her mother encouraged her to read at least two novels per month with a promise of increased allowance during the summer months away from school. Monique's talent for writing was first discovered by her third grade teacher who regularly asked the young student to share her short stories with the class and sometimes the principal and other school administration during assemblies and PTO meetings. At that time she declared her dream to become a published author, as she believed it was what she was destined to be. She continued to receive praise for her writing throughout middle and high school.
While attending the University of Michigan, Monique put her dreams of becoming an author on hold as she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. After graduation, she landed a job in the mortgage industry. Although the job provided steady income and a comfortable lifestyle for both her and her young daughter, she still felt unfulfilled as she realized that she always wanted something more. After being prompted by her best friend to , "just write a book", she started her first novel. Finding time during lunch breaks at work and late night evenings, Monique completed her first manuscript, Who Is He To You. Shortly after, she launched Kisa Publishing and published her debut novel.
Monique now resides in Southfield, MI where she is raising her daughter and working full-time as an enrollment counselor for a private university. She also works as a freelance copywriter and copyeditor and is currently working on her second novel. Stay tuned for more drama-filled pages of literary adrenaline as this break-through author gives readers fresh perspectives and edgy plots as never written before.
on Sep. 26, 2011 :
Mensah's third book, titled Smoke Screen, brings us up to date with the current status of Simone, her main character from her first book Who is he to you. Simone is all grown up now. Despite of the sexual abuse she endured as a child, she has made some efforts to put her past behind her. Running a nonprofit organization for sexually abused girls, she ensures that the young ladies receive what they need to heal properly from what they all had unfortunately endured. There is one young lady by the name of Payton who recently started receiving services with Simone's agency. Although Simone loves all of the young ladies equally, there's something special about Payton she can't seem to put her finger on.
Jessica, mother of Simone, makes it her business to bond with her daughter with the remaining time she has left over from filming her new reality show. Jessica is on a mission to help her daughter find a good man. Finding a good was the furthest thing from Simone's mind. That was until she met Lawrence.
Other characters from Mensah's first book have resurface as well. Ryan has moved on with her life and has gotten married. Lauren, her best friend is doing great as a Defense Attorney partner for one of the most prestigious firms in Detroit. Together they share a secret that has the power to strengthen or destroy a marriage. Meanwhile, there is a major problem occurring in Detroit. Men keep coming up dead and Detroit's finest is having a challenge trying to figure out who this "Man Eater" is. The ending to Mensah's latest book is wild!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)