Interview with Alishia Curtis

When did you first start writing?
I'm pretty sure the love of writing started when I learned to write, back when we were making books out of construction paper, loose-leaf paper and colored yarn to hold it all together. Don't know the exact age, but I was young, maybe 6 or 7
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind "Sex and the Single Girl" is a familiar story I'm sure almost everyone woman, and even some men, can relate to: a young woman trying to find love when pickings seem hopelessly slim in this new millennium. Though I started dating before the 2000's, I know the struggle of finding the right person is timeless and anyone who has ever had that struggle will find something relatable in the story. And while the story is about the struggle of dating, it's also about the triumph of finding love and ultimately, happiness.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I saw how hard it was to get published through a traditional publisher. After doing a lot of research and finding that a lot of publishers were either not taking submissions at the time or weren't taking them without an agent, I decided that I would go "indie" and self-publish. Besides that, I had submitted a query letter to one editor and had run out of patience waiting to hear back. Additionally, I decided that I didn't want the fate of my book resting in someone else's hands. I wanted my book to remain just the way it was without an editor wanting to re-write my story. When I finally got over the intimidation of doing it all myself, going indie just made sense.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I write simply for the joy of writing. If I never sell another book, I'll keep on writing because it's what I'm passionate about. To be able to tell a story in the written form is a blessing, a gift and not many are able to do it. That in itself is a joy: knowing that I am able to do something not everyone can't do.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean a lot. I mean, without them, who would read these thoughts and ideas and stories I just HAVE to tell? Having someone appreciate your work is inspiring and very humbling too. Having fans is a wonderful feeling and I only hope I continue to gain more with each project.
What are you working on next?
"Sex and the Single Girl" has only been out a couple of weeks and I'm already being asked about the next book. I have started the follow up to it and also began writing book 3, with a fourth in the early development stages. My dilemma is everyone expects an immediate follow up, picking up where book one left off, but these books were not meant to be a series. Sex and the Single Girl ends in a cliffhanger and I'm actually considering leaving it open to put out book three and then come back to the follow up to the cliffhanger. If I can write both books simultaneously, I'm hoping for a 1, 2 release, one right after the other. But we'll see.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh wow! Well I've read so many different types of fiction over the years, this list would be too long to mention them all even if I could remember them! I've gone through spurts of obsession with Mary Higgins Clark, Judy Blume, and Ann M. Martin in my younger years to John Gresham, Stephen King, Danielle Steele, Terry McMillan, Alice Walker, Omar Tyree, E. Lynn Harris, Mary Monroe, Carl Weber, Noire, etc.
As I said, the list could go on and on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
These days the fact that I have a book to promote gets me out of bed. Prior to this though, bills. Bills "inspired", or shall I say "motivated" me to get out of bed every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I sleep a lot when I'm not writing. Or rather, I try to sleep. Other than that, I fantasize about taking trips to exotic places and lying in the shade on a beautiful beach somewhere.
What is your writing process?
I wish there was a method to my madness, would probably make my life a lot easier. But my writing process is sitting down with an idea I have and letting my imagination take over. I love those times when I go on auto-pilot, those are the best.
Describe your desk
Not nearly large enough
Published 2017-10-28.
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Books by This Author

Sex and the Single Girl
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 91,770. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica
20-something Milan wants a man just like her father, minus the infidelity and secret love child. She believes in happily-ever-afters and knights in shining armor, but is finding that it takes more than a kiss to turn a frog into a prince. Through a series of passionate, but unfulfilling relationships, Milan discovers that love may come when you least expect it and from the last person you expected