What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Media- Twitter in particular. I meet readers from all over the world.
Describe your desk
organized. I'm a neat freak.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Washington, DC, in various parts from middle-class to lower-class. Where I grew up influenced my writing because I have the ability to write about people from different economic backgrounds and social classes. My heart has always been with the less fortunate and people who have a hard time defending their human rights. Obviously, I have a strong compassion for fairness and justice which is innate. My stories show my passion, and I like creating characters who come from meager living situations and rise above their circumstances. I'm that girl who cheers for the misfits, roots for the underdogs, and expose the flaws of the haughty ones.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the sequel to my first novel titled, Riding the Waves-The Price of Fame and Fortune. In this sequel, I explore the life of a childhood star and tell the story through the eyes of my main character, Tracey Michaels. Tracey is seeking the fame and fortune that her mother has and she's willing to do anything for shock-value and draw attention to herself for popularity. There's a heavy price tag that she will pay. Check it out on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was time to share my stories with the world. I'm not getting any younger and my son inspired me to want to put out my books now. I wanted to be able to leave something behind for him to see and be proud of. I want him to go to the libraries and show his friends, "This is mother's book."
What are you working on next?
My next project is a comedy. I hope to be the first African American female to write a comedy. I think it's time for something on a lighter note.
Who are your favorite authors?
Carl Weber, Omar Tyree, John Grisham, Connie Briscoe, Margaret Johnson-Hodge, J. California Cooper, and Terry McMillan
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love watching a good movie, listening to music, playing video games, spending time with my family, and traveling whenever I can.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read tweets, FB posts, and also people may recommend books to me for review.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh my gosh! Yes! It was called Valley High School. I wrote it when I was 14. When I came across it years later, I laughed so hard at my immaturity and lack of writing skills. I've come a looong way! I'm still a work in progress, but I definitely have progressed!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Forever by Judy Blume. From then on, I started reading romance novels and couldn't stop.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to think about the title and what the story is about. I believe a colorful book cover attracts a readers' attention, but not something that's too loud that's hard to understand. I think the images shouldn't tell the whole story, but it should be a teaser.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I get from writing is escaping from the world around me. I can pretend no one else exists except my characters.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean a lot to me. I love reading their feedback on social media, and their reviews. I believe in engaging with people in general because you find out what they like, so when someone becomes a fan of my work, I like to ask them questions about my books in details so I can gage what they would like to read next.
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