1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
First off, thanks for having me and doing the interview with me. I really appreciate it. A little about myself, I’m from Orangeburg, SC, but currently live in Texas. I’ve been writing for about 15 years now, but I’ve only published one book. I get easily irritated, so I use writing as my therapy. I’m also married and I have two kids.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love to read, love to eat, love going to the movies, and I’ve noticed that within the last 6-12 months I’ve begun to love being lazy.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I don’t really have a set routine. I usually have to squeeze writing in whenever I can, so I’m that person who has little notes on the backs of receipts, menus, and everything else that my husband will most like throw away when he cleans my car. A friend gave me a recorder so that I can just record my thoughts and ideas, but I never remember to grab it, so I have endless notes on my phone and I just put them together whenever I get time.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Just about anywhere. I tend to have quite a few random thoughts in my head at all times, so I just build on them. My novel Lovely Lies was built on the random thought of “what do stalkers do.”
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I’m going to have to go with Lovely Lies, being the only one that’s published has its advantages!
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Hmm, I sometimes eat a spoonful of flour…can’t believe I’m sharing this! I’m pretty sure there’s some logical explanation for it and I should probably mention it to my doctor, but nope, I’m good.
7. Are any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
I have a very vivid imagination. Most of the things I’ve written about come from that, although certain experiences are incorporated into my writing. Like if I’m writing about a couple and my husband and I have an argument, it’s safe to say the couple will have a full blown fight scene.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
My muse has quite a few names, Facebook, tv, radio…just kidding, my babies are my muse.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I would love to try sci-fi, not Men in Black sci-fi, but Tananarive Due sci-fi; more of a paranormal romance. I love that genre, but I’m not quite sure I can do it, so for now I’ll stick to just reading it.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
This is going to sound cliché, but I love them all, LOL. I don’t really have a favorite author. I love to read just about everyone.
11. Who are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Favorite female from my book is Jaida. Even though she had her own life and her own situations, she remained loyal to Makynzee and was always there for her. My favorite male is Kaeden. He has this mystery about him that makes him crave-able…he even has me making up words for him.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Hands down, waiting; waiting to hear back from publishers, waiting for edits to come back, waiting for your release date to come, waiting for reviews to see what people think, just waiting, period.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Write things that you would enjoy reading yourself and take pride in what you’re putting out, when you stop doing those things just go ahead and stop writing.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’m actually in the Army on active duty and I have about eight years left before I can retire, so that sounds about right.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
This is weird because I actually just told my husband that I wanted to go away for about a week to somewhere tropical, like Jamaica or Belize or Costa Rica; somewhere we can just be lazy (my new favorite thing) hang out, eat good, drink good, and have fun. He countered with Vegas, but I’m wearing him down…I think.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Makynzee has spent all of her life being dependent on people who've always disappointed her, especially her abusive mother. Everyone lies to her - her sister, her uncle, even her beloved father. When her mom strips her of her one true love, gymnastics, she's determined to find and maintain her independence. There's only one little problem...money. She sets out to find a job as a dancer at a gentlemen's club, but finds Kalil instead. With his looks, money, and charisma any woman would be crazy not to want him and Makynzee's no different. Falling for him fast she soon discovers some things just aren't adding up and Kalil may not be the man she thought he was. He wants to be with her and provide for her, but can he protect her? When a love-struck fan becomes obsessed and begins attacking and stalking Makynzee she questions Kalil's ability to be her protector. Makynzee has no idea who he is, where he came from, or why he's here, but he's determined to have her even if that means eliminating everyone she knows and loves. By any means necessary, right? She belongs to him and he's claiming what's rightfully his, no matter the circumstances. When truths are revealed, they threaten to tear Makynzee's soul apart and chaos becomes her life. Will she be able to escape this temporary insanity or will she become a permanent victim?
He doesn’t say anymore. Riley needed someone to talk to. Someone she could trust. The one person she thought that was betrayed her. Why didn’t she come to me? Thoughts of her flood my mind as I go to the car, but everything goes blank when I see Nyeem’s reflection in the tint of the car window.
“Hello,” he says.
Hello? Seriously? I go for the panic button on the keypad. I’m not sure how he knew what I was thinking of doing, maybe my eyes gave it away, but he grabs my hand and squeezes my knuckles together. My keys slip from my hands as I cry out.
“You should be happy to see me.” He’s behind me, using his body to pin me against the car. His hand is around my neck and I’m struggling to breathe. “You’re making this harder than it has to be, all you gotta do is talk to me!”
Trying to pry his hand away would be useless, so I go for his neck instead. He lets my neck go, but doesn’t move away.
“I knew you’d be a fighter.”
I can feel his lips at the nape of my neck, his erection growing in the small of my back. The pleasure he’s getting from this disgusts me. “What do you want? Why are you doing this?”
“Because you act like you don’t remember me!”
“I only worked at Sirens for a few months, how could I remember you?” I yell.
“I was here long before Sirens! I’ve been here since all you cared about was freestyle, since day one and you get with Kalil and forget everything else that matters!”
My mind threatens to shut down as I try to figure out what he’s talking about. I have no idea who he is, but he obviously knows me well. He slides his hand over my left breast then tries to slip it between my legs. I scream and push against the car, but he’s too strong. I reach behind me again, this time going for his face. His eyes are my target, but he’s taller than I thought. My thumb slips into his mouth and I dig all five of my nails into his jaw. He backs away just enough for me to turn to him. I thought this would make it easier to fight him. I realize how wrong that thought was when I feel the back of his hand across my face. It doesn’t sting like the slaps I’ve felt from my mom or anyone else. It hurts like hell and I’m dizzy. I can’t tell if my vision is blurry because of the blow or my tears. I can hear him yelling at me, but I can’t focus on what he’s saying. I grab my keys just as he grabs me. He’s hovering over me; choking me again. I push the panic button and the alarm goes off.
“The cops are on their way, get off of her or I’ll shoot,” Marcus says.
Nyeem ignores him.
“I’m serious mister, let her go!”
“Marcus, what’s going on?” a distant voice asks.
Another yells, “What are you doing? Get off of her!”
I think the neighbors have started to come out because of the car alarm, but I can’t understand why hasn’t Marcus shot him yet?
A female yells, “Help them, get him off of her!”
Marcus chambers a round and yells, “I won’t ask you again!”
He didn’t even have the gun cocked?!
Nyeem kisses me and says, “Think long and hard, you can’t just erase me. I’ll see you soon.”
My next project is the sequel for my current novel and it will be titled Lovely Lies 2. It’s set to release February 2014, perfect addition to a Valentine’s Day gift (notice I said addition, as in addition to other books or other gifts LOL).
My novel can be purchased on all eReaders as well as in paperback from Amazon and my publisher’s website, and directly through me (PayPal), or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The links are:
www.lashantacharles.com (purchase directly from me, autographed)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRJ0796 (Amazon Kindle or paperback)
www.delphinepublications.com (publisher website paperback)