Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago, Illinois. It didn't really influence my writing. I've always had a passion to write. It helped me release whatever feelings that I had at that time.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 8 or 9, but I didn't get into it until I was about 12 when my mother read something that I had written and convinced me to turn it into a story. I did and I recently published that story and named it "Family Scandal".
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, A Mother's Touch is a book that I wrote about different events that happened in my life in the past and how I overcame them. I decided to put this book as a healing process. I thought that if I could write it and let others read it I wouldn't feel like a victim of my past anymore. It was very emotional for me writing it, especially the part about my mother's death. I actually write in the part where I have to step back and breath because I got too emotional. I cried the entire time that I wrote that part and was so glad when I finally finished it. It was definitely a healing process for me and I'm proud of myself for doing it and putting it out there. Hopefully it can reach someone and help them out of whatever situation they are in.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I decided that I wanted to publish my book, I started to look around at different publishing companies and the things that they offered. I wasn't feeling the query letters and literary agents. It didn't feel right. I started looking into self publishing and came across of few companies that charged A LOT just to print books, so I stepped back and started doing research. I came across Amazon Publishing and it gave me so much freedom and I didn't have to come out of pocket. It was the best decision that I have made.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing in itself is the greatest joy for me. It's what I love to do but I must say when I get a phone call, message, or email saying "OMG, that character or that book" it melts my heart. I live for that reaction. It makes me want to write more.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I love my fans! They keep me pushing out more books! They are my family as well!
What are you working on next?
Nothing as of now. I'm torn in between taking a break from writing books and write playwrights and scripts instead, do both, or sign up under a publishing company to get more exposure and knowledge. I don't know what's next. I'm still waiting on God to make His move and tell me what to do next.
Who are your favorite authors?
Zane is my all time favorite. Racquel Williams (A Shattered Soul- OMG if you haven't read it, READ IT), Shelby (A Conquered Woman- an amazing inspiration and person), and of course the author who in my opinion is better than Zane (#noshade just my opinion), my girl Author Stacey Thomas (Sins of the Flesh I & II which comes out June 9, 2014)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God! Recently, the voice of my mother. Also, my kids and husband, they are the reason that I do so much and go so hard, and my supporters of course.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking, planning. My mind is always at work. Spending time with my kids and husband and listening to music. Working.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
With my first two books, I used many facebook groups. I posted in every group that I could find. With my third book, I posted only on my facebook pages, blog, and website. This time around with book number four, I'm posting it on my facebook page only. I've found that no matter how much you advertise/market, if it's not meant for your books to do well then they won't. I put it in God's hands and let Him handle it.
Describe your desk
My lap is my desk.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Zane's Addicted and after reading that book, I became addicted to Zane and her books as well as reading.
What do you read for pleasure?
Urban fiction, and urban erotica
What is your e-reading device of choice?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth mostly
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was I Am My Mother's Keeper, which turned into Family Scandal.
What is your writing process?
I cannot write without music. I must have my headphones in and be relaxed with water and a snack next to me or a bottle of wine. Once I start to write, it just flows until I'm distracted. Most of my books are written in one night.
How do you approach cover design?
I think of the story that I want to write and how I want it to end and the cover idea usually just pops in my head from that.
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