Interview with Petite Breaux

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a small child, I had this one book titled Sung Under The Silver Umbrella, it was part of a series of the Umbrella books. The book had sing-a-longs, rhythm and rhymes and children's poetry. Some included The owl and the Pussy Cat, The Mitten song, A Psalm of David (after that I wanted my own bible). Mother would help me read the book and sing the songs. From there I wanted to read more books. Mother bought me a collection of books, I cannot remember the name but the books were red and white numbered from one to twenty-two. Number ten was my favorite book, it had short stories and nursery rhymes. I ​always wondered what happened to that collection. Now, I am an avid reader and I love it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading, it relaxes me and it can be stimulating at times. I get very involved with my reading it's as if I picture the characters being right where I am. There is no one genre book that I read, I read them all. It's amazing some of the imaginations writers and authors have. Romance, short stories, children's stories, erotica, fiction, non-fiction, spiritual, you name it I will read it. No one book is the same. I just don't base what book I will read by its cover, sometimes the title catches me. I have read so far all of James Patterson's Women's​ Murder Club editions, I just could not put the books down.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
At the present time, my Kindle Fire tablet. I can adjust the fonts, bookmark the pages and the battery life is very good. I can do the same with my phone but, I don't like holding my phone up close to my face to read. then again reading on my mobile takes longer to finish the book. My first choice would be printed version, I like having something I can hold and physically touch. But, ebook is the thing these days.
When did you first start writing?
Last year mid-2015​, I had always said that I would write my memoir one day, this was over twenty years ago. Opening up about my past trials and tribulations took a load off my chest. Life for me was a struggle in areas of relationships and trusting issues. i could never figure out why things were happening the way they were for me. After much thought, I noticed several habits and patterns that were affecting me as a person. It was my past life events hurting me. I needed to let go of all the wrong that had happened to me in order to continue moving forward but following the right path. Not realizing at the time, but my actions were also affecting my children's future, they watched every action and looked up to me for guidance. Now, the book is out along with all the demons that haunted me. Now everyone knows and understands me as a person better than before. It helped me to be better.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Things of my past that has been kept quiet for over two decades. I did not want to hurt my mother or my grandmother, so I waited to write my story. The thought was, don't write as long as your grandmother is still alive. My grandmother passed in 2007 and I still waited afraid of not knowing how to get started writing or what to do at all. I was on social media one day listening to a well-known celebrity talk about how anyone can write a book and he gave guidance on how to stat. So finally, I bit the bullet sat down and started writing, didn't tell anyone that I was writing my memoir. My story goes back as far as me being a little girl around the age of six or so. i was seeking a father-daughter relationship with my estranged father, it's about being molested by my grandfather, being abused as a teenager my boyfriend, teenage pregnancy, teenage mother, marriage, failed relationships, family drama, domestic violence all rolled into one life. The book told plenty that my mother was not aware of nor my children. This book hurt my mother a lot, she felt as if this discredited her as a mother. We talked and I explained to her why I needed to do this and in no way was she a bad mother, just very protective of her only child. There are others who has suffered from abuse and some that are still suffering. I just wanted to let those who are going through​ an abusive situation male of female that they should seek help and get out of that situation. Know that you still have a life to live and that you can move forward after abuse. Let no one​ lower your self-esteem.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
From the beginning, I had no idea about publishing lingo. I tried working with a publisher at first but things didn't go so well. I ended up publishing on Createspace. I have learned, I can write my story only as I knew it. Finances were low, book publishing was definitely not in my budget. One day i would love to work with a well-known publishing company. For now, I will continue being an indie author.
What are you working on next?
My granddaughter requested that I write a middle age book about how she and her siblings have when they visit with grandmother. It is being edited as I write this answer. Also, I am writing a short story about a little girl who was an only child looking for something of her own to love.she asked her mother to buy her a monkey. Still trying to find what genre of books that suits me as a writer. Both books should be ready for release by September 2016. I am excited and hope these books are better than my first book. I have more writing to work on.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Patterson, Terry McMillan, Dean Kootnz, Janet Evanovich, J K Rowlins, Eric Jerome, Dickey, Pearl Cleage, Danielle Steele, Iyanla Vanzant to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each morning that I wake alive and healthy, is reason enough to get out of bed. Each day that I wake is a blessing, being able to see a new day. Knowing that I don't like working but knowing that I have a job to go to each day to provide for myself and my overhead is another reason. Being able to speak to my children every day, is another reason to get out of bed. I get up knowing that I have another day to write or just enjoy. Tomorrow isn't promised , so I​ must live each day to the fullest.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching a good movie, I am a movie buff. Watching Netflix where there is always something on. At the gym, practicing swimming , elliptical, treadmill or just sitting in the steam room/sauna. Vacationing when i can. I love peace and quiet and relaxing enjoying my day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Member of Librarything online, where I can get ebooks from others who have written a book and request that you read the book in exchange for a review. Sometimes, I get ebooks from my favorite authors via Amazon.
Published 2016-07-17.
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Books by This Author

Fun With Grandma
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,370. Language: American English. Published: February 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
The children were so excited to be spending a week of their summer holiday with grandma. Nothing could have prepared them for such an exciting adventure. This week would be one of the best visits they would never forget, full of imagination and fun.
The Whispering of My Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,000. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
DeDee was an 11-year-old only child raised by a single mother. Her closest companion was probably an Ouija Board in the basement. She found it at the bottom of a dusty, black trunk. She only played with it on one side of the basement. The other side scared her. Something hidden in the darkness was watching her.
Slightly Bruised and a Little Broken, a Memoir (Revised Edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,290. Language: American English. Published: July 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse
No matter what you have been through, never let anyone lower your self-esteem. This book shows you that you can still move forward after the violence. Keeping silent is the not answer, get out of an abusive situation as soon as possible. Don't be ashamed to ask for help. The abuse only gets worse. Petite shares her story of how she overcame abuse, rape, and molestation.