Interview with Phoenix Reign

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story written was at 5 years old, I wrote about demons killing people-needless to say, my father put me in counseling.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing gives me the opportunity to proverbially beat the heck out of people that I can't stand or are getting on my nerves for the day. A lot of stories come from a single event in my life, even though there are some science fiction stories, I use that as a platform to extrapolate a story. But in another respect, there are so many things that you cannot control in life, and in my written world, I control everything. If I want people to live happily ever after, then I create a venue in which they can do so. I create my own world, with my own rules, plots, people, etc. because I can runaway and be in that world for however long I like, I don't have to deal with the realities of my life or the people therein. So writing does help to release pent up frustration, negative emotions and gives me the opportunity to say what I want to say without consequence.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything- the Bible, dictionaries, encyclopedias, science fiction, Romance, paranormal, children's literature, anything I can download, I'm reading it. If you're not reading, you're not learning techniques, you're not living through the eyes of other writers, and you're not growing. You have to eat to live- well, you have to read to write.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I create a search in the iBooks search engine and pick a subject. Generally I like to read what other authors are writing in the genre I'm currently writing in. It saves me time and it also helps me to look at authors and other books written in the genre related to that author as well.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe. Poe helped me conceive my characters in my mind, regardless of how dark, how lethal, how murderous, Poe's writing helps me to understand conforming to the societal norm isn't what my writing definitively has to be.
Every book by Stephen King. From the time I was 5 years old and could go to the library by myself, I have read every single King book published. King is my literary hero, literally, he takes what is impossible and makes it possible.
Kindred by Octavia Butler. From a feminine perspective, she represents what is possible in the writing community, both culturally and gender wise.
Whoreson by Donald Goines. His gritty portrayal of the street life made me love and hate his characters. That type of guttural reaction emotionally is something every writer should strive for.
Native Son by Richard Wright. Understanding the times and the struggle from his perspective through his writing made me respect what he represented during the Harlem Renaissance period.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my family. I write to make others happy- writing is a joy for me, it brings entertainment and intrigue to others. So when my fans say, "OMG Phoenix, how could you kill so-and-so..." Or "Are these two characters going to get together or what?" That desire from my fans to read more fuels me to write more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Cooking! Eating! Laughing! I spend all my free time with my family. My husband and children are my biggest cheerleaders.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a Television Screensplay, in the Drama Genre, called Queendom. It's being looked at by TNT, USA, CBS, and Netflix Originals for Pilot Season 2018.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Love. I'm blessed with a supportive husband and our six children- who a) deal with my quirkiness, b) put up with my strange mood swings when upset about not being "creative" enough and c) last but not least, that God would bless me with another day is more than enough inspiration to get and start writing.
Published 2017-03-23.
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Trafficked
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,160. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Life as Shreya knows it is quickly coming to an end... Inside of our family’s warehouse, again I purposely zone out to the screams of an unknown man and to his very willing assailant. There’s nothing “human” in humanity- especially as I stand watching dispassionately as my step-father, Mason beats this same man zealously within an inch of his life, for a crime everyone knows he didn't commit.
Under The Scorpio Moon
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How would you feel if your life was being picked apart by the NYPD Homicide Unit, bit by bit, piece by piece, but the lead detective is oddly falling in love with you but also wants to have you convicted? How would you feel if you found out you were going to be the one person to birth the Antichrist and cause the Apocalypse? By the way, you just found out you have to marry a fallen archangel...