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1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I am a stay-at-home mom and stroke survivor who has found a way to use my overactive imagination to stay away from the ‘special’ hospital. LOL, just kidding. Everything is true except for being crazy. I am the author of The Butterfly Memoirs, and my debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature & Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading, of course, playing The Sims, and catching up on my favorite TV series I haven’t had time to watch. I also do floral design, but I honestly have not had time to even look at a flower in months!
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I let my ideas and characters marinate in my head and play around with my Muse, acting scenes out, getting to know them and giving myself time to decide if the story they are telling me is worth writing down. Once I get stuck on the same repeated ‘story’, I write my notes. I’m a plotter so I take time to work out details before adding dialogue.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Mostly from life, either things I’ve experienced or know someone who has. Sometimes it’s just a matter of ‘what if?’, then creating characters with various personalities and plugging them in to see if the story will work. So far the results have been great!
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
This is a hard question. I write Women’s Fiction, so I touch on sensitive subjects that hit close to home. So far, the story of Yasmine Phillips and Zachariah Givens in my next novel, Jaded, have hit the closest to home. A lot of tears were shed when writing this novel…starting with the dedication.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about.
According to my family, I always tell funny jokes at awkward and inappropriate times…and crack up about it without caring if anyone else laughs with me. (I just told one right before answering this question! J)
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
All of them are a bit of both. Putting some type of real life experience in it - be it mine or someone close to me - helps bring the story to life. It also helps that I have a very active imagination (AKA, The Muse) to help me out as well.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Nope, she likes to play incognito and prefers to be known only as The Muse, lol.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Hmm…Something a little bit Sci-Fi, but not like Star Wars…maybe another realm, or time….I’ve had some ideas…we’ll see what happens, but it won’t be anytime soon.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
There are too many to list, but the one book I’m dying to read next month comes from one of my top favorite authors, J.R. Ward. I admire the way she’s written the male characters in her stories. They are so Alpha male, yet vulnerable and flawed at the same time. (For anyone who has read her Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, you know what I mean. By the way Rhage is my favorite characters followed closely by Zsadist!)
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Without a doubt, Yasmine Phillips and Zachariah Givens from my soon-to-be released novel, Jaded (available March 7th from 5 Prince Publishing!) are my favorite. A lot of what I’ve put these two through emotionally came from my personal experiences. Even though I wrote the rough draft of this story a year ago, their journey has stayed in my mind and heart on a daily bases. I am truly happy with how their story has turned out. I hope my readers will feel the same.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Knowing when to turn it all off and focus on real life and not fiction. Since my Muse is always working, I find myself distracted by my characters troubles when I’m at the red light! Once, I got stuck in a parking garage because I was lost in thought about the dynamics of the first love scene in their story. ROTFL! No kidding! I had passed a car three times before realizing I hadn’t made it to the exit! But my characters were really happy!
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Write what you know and feel first. Don’t worry about whether someone else will like it or if all the commas are in the right place. Ignore or the fact Microsoft Word has highlighted a word as being misspelled. What’s important is that you let your free thought and creativity flow uninterrupted. I was hosting a Writer’s Group meeting a few weeks ago when an author mentioned how her friend has been working on the same story for two years and has never completed it. They kept changing things in the middle, then rewriting the beginning; they’ve even stopped, scraped it all, and started over again. There’s nothing wrong with change, it always happens when we write, that’s what editing is all about. In order to become a better writer, you have to get it all out the first time. Make notes of things you want to do differently. When your original is done, pull out the notes, your red pen, and make the changes. Don’t be afraid to delete scenes, dialogue, or even a whole chapter. Save it as reference, you’ll never know where that piece may actually fit in!
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Making floral arrangements or reading another stack of books from my favorite authors and wishing that there was something a little different about their stories and struggling to discover what is missing.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
Boxer briefs! And of course, nothing! J
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?
Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn't expect is a blond haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.
When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.
Her attention appeared to be on something in her purse as she walked my way, so she hadn’t seen me yet.
She was not dressed as she was Saturday night. Her hair wasn’t flowing over her shoulders, tempting my fingers to get lost in its waves. Her legs were not bare, nor did she wear a skin tight, short dress, showing off shapely calf muscles, as she had the other evening. Instead, she wore a baggy shirt over pants with some kind of printed design, something like standard medical wear. She wore her hair in a ponytail, and her feet were in tennis shoes. She struggled to balance an armful of books of various sizes and a book bag over her shoulder.
Ebony was still sexy as hell.
“I’m glad you haven’t got started yet. My roommate called me at the last minute and told me you were coming. I don’t have any cash on me. Do you take checks or−?” Her voice faltered when she saw me. “Brian? What are you doing here?”
I caught a hint of fire in her eyes and something else. Maybe guilt for not meeting me in VIP?
“I’m here to cut your grass.” I screwed the top back on the gas can, fighting the urge to laugh at the irony of the situation.
Play it cool. I was not about to let her know how disappointed I’d been sitting alone. What happened a few nights ago had nothing to do with the money she was about to put in my pocket.
“I thought you were a musician.”
I pulled goggles and gloves out of the driver’s side door pocket. “I am, but it doesn’t pay the bills just yet. This is my day job.”
Ebony’s eyes traveled to the truck and my cousins before settling back on me.
“This is my business,” I added, watching her thin eyebrows arch.
Since I hadn’t questioned her about the VIP incident, she seemed to relax. The sound of a lawnmower cranking up broke the awkward silence.
“Well, I’ll get out of your way.” She backed away from the truck and headed for her house.
It dawned on me I did not answer her question regarding the form of payment. At least it would give me something to talk about when we were done.
Saturday night, Ebony disappeared like Cinderella, without leaving a hint of a glass slipper. Now, barely two days later, I found where she lived. What were the chances? This was fate.
I took the opportunity to appreciate every inch of her hidden under baggy clothes. The image of her in the black form-fitting dress revealing every curvy inch of her body had haunted my dreams.
Outside the club, in natural light, Ebony did not disappoint. Her almond shaped eyes were a rich shade of brown, dark and mysterious. She wore no makeup on her caramel skin, and her lips were naked, with no hint of gloss.
I chuckled when she finally got her front door unlocked. It appeared she’d run into some trouble with her key. Flustered perhaps?
I hoped so. With a little luck, I just might have a chance to get her to talk to me about more than grass.
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Jaded- Book Two of the Butterfly Memoirs
A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control—starting her own business.
When her computer crashes, taking months of hard work with it, she must rely on computer genius Zachariah Givens to save her. A complete opposite of men from her past, she doesn't expect the passion that ensues. But just as she finds happiness, she learns the truth about the other women in Zachariah's life.