Interview with Black Butterfly

What motivated you to become an indie author?
That wasn't my first goal. I wanted to be a published author with a big publishing house name behind me. So I wrote my first piece and got rejected. They said they didn't accept my "type" of work. I was devastated. But I submitted to another one and received absolutely no response. I actually stopped writing because of this. But the more I started listening to and reading independent authors I saw a different voice. I saw creativity that didn't conform to certain molds established by larger publishers. I said who can say that I'm not good enough or that people wouldn't buy my "type" of work. So I decided to at least try.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot. I think they help me to become better. They motivate me. Encourage me. They also whoop my ass when I suck.
What are you working on next?
I have two other completed works. I will be updating them for release. As well another new story about a scandalous news anchor.
Who are your favorite authors?
The list!! I like a lot of people. Eric Jerome Dickey, Toni Morrison, Terri McMillan, Victoria Christopher Murray, Brenda Jackson, Zora Neal Hurston, Shakespeare, Alice Walker, Zane, Beverly Jenkins!! LOVE LOVE!!.. J. California Cooper, Ayn Rand....Must I go on? LOL Lets just say everything
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God. And my child. And the idea of new experiences.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, Music, Working
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations, Random Searches, Covers
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. I started as a kid. I know it was a mystery. Blame that on The Hardy Boys.
What is your writing process?
Music sometimes drives my mood or inspires me. A good lyric can set me imagination off. So whenever I decide what I will write about, I have to get a soundtrack to set the mood. Then I get my character list going and then the setting. When I hit a block, I just write, write, write. Sometimes its all bad but I try to write through it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I know why the cages bird sings by Maya Angelou. It unsettled me. Shocked me. Some of her experiences mirrored my own as a child. So we connected on a soul level. I was young. Oh and Judy Blume! That book called Forever. I was sneaking to read that book. HA!
How do you approach cover design?
Its always after major character development. I can almost see them and how they live. Then I seek to develop a cover that I think represents the image I see.
What do you read for pleasure?
Definitely. Its a good escape and very inspiring.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Atlanta. Chocolate City. There's a story on every corner. A lot of the people I know are complex people and all have different journeys. I like to see people I could be friends with on my pages. So I create them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Growing up in Atlanta, there is always a mix of people. Rich, poor, influential, homeless, etc. And everyone has a story. Growing up I had the pleasure of working in a barber shop and you could see the mix of different characters and classes become one. The salons and barbershops were a place where everyone was welcome. And everybody gossiped. To me as a kid, black people were all the same. The barber shop showed me how even within one race, their are social and economic classes that sometimes separated people. For good and bad reasons.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made publishing very basic and easy. The step by step guidelines and free information! It doesn't get any better. It takes the fear out it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Connecting with people. Making them laugh, smile, cry, mad...all of that.
Published 2015-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Rules Are Made To Be Broken
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,180. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015 by Reign Publications LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica
Successful Atlanta engineer, Camille Kelly, lived life according to her rules. She thought she was well on her way to having the perfect family life she planned. But after her messy divorce, she decides she is dire need of a short term distraction. Maybe a little uninhibited passion would be the key. She just needed the right man who would follow her rules and walk away when she was done.