Book: Carful What You Prey For
Q1. Please introduce yourself so that the readers will get to know you better.
I am a registered nurse by trade and have self-published three novels and currently working on my fourth project. I am a cross genre author of romantic suspense, crime, and mystery/thrillers. I got into writing while going through a difficult time in my life and found that not only was it cathartic, but it was also something I was good at!
Q2. How do you come up with names of characters for your books?
I picture the character in my mind then I start going through names until I come up with one that fits what I feel matches with the character’s appearance and personality. I used to use exotic names but found that readers often mispronounce them when they meet me in person and have questions about my characters. Now, I stick to easy to pronounce names.
Q3. What are your favorite part and least favorite part of the publishing journey?
I think my least favorite part of publishing is the dreaded editing process! It’s a beast. I was once told not to hold onto my words too tight because if things have to be changed for the book to read better it will be hard to let them go. I found this to be very true and useful advice. My favorite part of publishing is doing the book’s layouts and graphics. This is where I can really let my creativity shine!
Q4. What are your hobbies apart from reading or writing?
My favorite hobby is photography. I’ve been a shutterbug since the age of 12. I learned from watching my best friend’s father in their home studio. From there, I learned lighting, backgrounds, settings, etc. I just continued to hone the craft from there and was even able to do my daughter’s senior pictures! Now, I have started studying cinematography and learning more about film.
Q5. Which is your favorite season to write in and why?
My favorite season is Fall. I love to watch the fall foliage and taking in the cool, crisp air of the season! It also gives the most nature has to offer when it comes to outdoor photography especially in the mountains of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Q6. What is your favorite Quote?
“Excuses are tools of the weak and incompetent. They build bridges to nothingness and those who use them seldom amount to much.” – Paul Adefrasin
Q7. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have authored three novels and two short stories. I would have to say my favorite would have to be CAREFUL WHAT YOU PREY FOR.
Q8. Please tell readers something about your book “Carful What You Prey For”.
CAREFUL WHAT YOU PREY FOR is a story about a young woman who uses her beauty as a weapon on a young man who is battling his own mental, inner demons. This story speaks to the consequences of abuses of power and the effects of unacknowledged/untreated mental traumas in the Black community. We all walk a thin line of sanity vs. insanity every day and all it takes is one minor happenstance to push us over either side.
Q9. Can you share something your readers don’t know about you?
I write my stories backwards. I write from climax to prologue. Then, I write the epilogue and afterword. I don’t use an outline and I write my stories long hand then I type them up!
10. Lastly, who inspires you the most and why?
My husband inspires me the most. He doesn’t let me quit even when I want to. He’s very honest and frank. If it doesn’t read right, he’ll let me know. If it’s reading too fast, he’ll tell me to slow it down. If it’s all wrong, he’ll say “dig deeper”. My husband is my biggest cheerleader. He wants what I want for me and pushes me to my goals.
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