Interview with Malisa Khoi

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the south, so I am very familiar with southern practices. I used that knowledge to make the characters come to life in a way that would be realistic to the reader who has similar cultural experiences, as well as someone who has possibly studied the history of the southern region.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story in elementary school as a classroom assignment. My book context was about a frog, and although I don't remember the words, I remember the story was amazing to me at the time. That truly is the one lesson I will never forget doing while I was a student. It impacted my life. I never imagined I would one day study science or publish a book. The funny thing is that we do learn what our gift is early on. However, most people would say, "I didn't want to do that". Well, there is no getting around what God has called you to do.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "The Back Side of Love", talks about the things no one wants to admit experiencing when they are in a relationship, formal or undefined, that is unsettling. Most people like to pretend life is perfect, but how do you know something is perfect if you have never had an non-perfect experience to compare it with. I wanted to tell the story from the other prospective. I wanted to be the voice of those who have not, cannot, and can't understand why he or she has not been able to find what others have and some continue to take for granted. "The Back Side of Love" explores the non-traditional path of love, and what we normally don't hear people talking about.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is when I get to express what others are afraid to. I believe many people would like to bring awareness to a lot of modern day situations, but because of status or other personal reasons, they remain silent. Remaining silent sometimes causes more pain to people who if only they had some idea of what truly was involved, they may have been able to make a more suitable choice instead of one that was left to chance.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is so heart filling to know that people are interested in what you have to say, or that you are being a voice to someone who otherwise wouldn't be heard. My fans mean everything to me, because they allow me to have a purpose.
What are you working on next?
"The Back Side of Love" will definitely have at least two sequels. In the sequels two of the main character's children will evolve as they encounter their own mishaps while traveling along their own life paths. I want to incorporate a play along with the book. Long term, I would like to produce and direct a movie from this story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I spend my time inspiring and teaching others to set goals that will help them become healthier people. I believe in holistic healing. To me that means being complete in every area of one's self.
Describe your desk
My desk is often a kitchen table, sometimes a bench in the park. My desk moves as inspiration hits. I often wake up out of my sleep and grab a piece of paper and a pen to write down something that just entered my head. My desk is often imaginary.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has simplified the publishing process. There is no guessing what to do, or how should I do it. The people at Smashwords are prompt and very professional. I have published with a traditional publishing company and another ebook company, and I honestly can say my experience with Smashwords has been remarkably pleasant.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are two many to name, but some of them are: Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Harper Lee.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that the world is full of surprises and some of them are good, but all of them are life.
Published 2013-11-22.
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Books by This Author

The Back Side of Love Mini
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 14,050. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Plays » Women Authors
Mini love story about the woman who loses her newborn baby to SIDS.
Shhhh! Sounds So Soft
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 430. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / New Baby
A mother finds out she is pregnant. She is excited and can't wait to share the long awaited news with her husband.
The Back Side of Love
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 34,100. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Screenplays » Short
The story of a young woman who loses her newborn baby to SIDS. She becomes depressed for a very long time. Finally she decides to find the happiness she desires.