1.Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I am a daughter, a sister and a lover of life.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Basketball, music and watching series. Right now I am watching One Tree Hill. I love the #Nailey romance.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
When I get an idea I write it down on my note book. I build up on the idea until I am ready to write the story. I have learnt that rushing into a premature concept, doesn’t help. It only stalls the progress of the story.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
From life. I think every author just writes about life in their own way. Sure, not everyone will have some wisdom or life lesson. But we write both what we know and what we don’t know. Its basically life and for a few days, weeks or months we are our characters, experiencing life through them.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I think my favorite is yet to come.
But right now the story closest to my heart is DENOUEMENT, being released on the 9th of July.
6.Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I am a bit out there. People who don’t know me say that I am quiet. People who do know that in my mind is a mouse on a wheel.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Life experiences. Even if its fantasy, I believe including something that happened brings it closer to reality. Even if its just a paragraph, scene of chapter. If my readers read all my books back to back, I think they could probably piece together an important moment in my life.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
My muse is the world, life and the mouse in my head.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I don’t think I would change genre. Romance is my thing. Maybe when I fall in love I’ll write about something I don’t have at the time, a G-5. But I would love to write a script.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Jamallah, M.J Kane, Delaney Diamond, Stephanie Meyers and I have to include the person or people who wrote the One Tree Hill story. I won’t get into depth with that, but you can read about t on my blog www.mokauthor.wordpress.com. Basically I love how they developed one character in particular. He is the father that I always wanted, the boyfriend that I never had and the husband God has planned for me. Every OTH fan loves Nathan Scott.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
My favorite female character has to be from my book DENOUEMENT, she is just as lost as I feel sometimes. Like her I wish I could compose my life story, set a path and follow it to the end. I get lost in the darkness sometimes and that is Marietta Parks. I would love to know what comes tomorrow. But God did not intend for us to take shortcuts.
Male character has to be Reece Morgan from my 9th July release COVERT EXISTENCE. He is forgiving and gracious. He falls in love and holds on to that love. He is hopeful even though the girl he wishes to spend the rest of his life with disappears. He knows what true love looks like.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
I don’t think I have reached that stage yet, where I find writing about something difficult. That requires a piece of yourself, a piece of your reality. I don’t think I have matured yet, emotionally to get to that point. That I why I hold out on writing some projects, scripts and books, that I really want to start. When I get there everyone will know it. It will be my favorite story.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Start small, start big. But whatever you do keep true to yourself. Do not let anyone compromise your story. It is your story and only you can tell it.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I am in school, studying communications.
But I know that telling stories would have always been part of me. I have too many day dreams to bottle up inside. I want to write a script one day and have everyone see my story the way I saw it in my head, but in their own way.
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?
I have three books out.
Shades of Spring Letters to my Daughter, has its first anniversary on the 18th of July. It is about a young girl, Maxine, who discovers old letters about her grandparents during the time of anti-miscegenation law. It is a tale of love, when interracial love was illegal, fast forwarding to the present, to a girl who uses sex to deal with the grief of loosing her mother.
Covert Existence is an action thriller about a woman, Charlie, who kept her child secret. And when the child is kidnapped she has to enlist the help of the child’s father, Reece, who is an F.B.I agent, and hope that the child can be found before she dies. How else is she to tell the Reece that he is a father without a daughter? Secrets and lies are the themes of this story. Charlie isn’t sure the old saying ‘the truth will set you free’ would work for her.
Dénouement is a story about a woman who is trying to hide and survive her past by reinventing another persona for herself. Mariette meets an actor Tobias, and feels that for as long as she writes his script, her life would not be disrupted. But Tobias goes off script and falls in love with her. It is a story of infidelity, emotional distress and triumph.
Here is an excerpt of Denouement;
“Keep your knickers on, I’m coming.” Marietta yelled back and the whole cast burst out laughing. She stuck her tongue out at the scowling man as she walked towards him. His silver head was covered by a turban, and a flask of water hung from his neck.
“I would quit if you weren’t so damn cute,” he teased. “Why did you have to set a scene of your movie in the desert? Next time try the Caribbean or Iceland.”
“What’s up?” She expected him to hold out the script and point out where it wasn’t working but he didn’t. Instead he pointed out towards the two actors. She’d noticed it, too. There was something about the two leads that wasn’t gelling together.
“They don’t look romantic. Guns are my department, romance not so much.” McKenzie frowned as he stared at the two actors who looked like they had just swallowed an eel. “At this point picking sand from each other’s eyes would look more romantic.”
Marietta flipped through her master script and read out, “’they share a desperate romantic kiss as a sand storm rises behind them.’ Who wrote this crap?” She exhaled, lost at what to do. She had already done her part, given them the words and described the scenario. It was up to Tobias and his co-star to make it look real, to make it romantic. She stared at the actress—Sarah Foy was the best in her generation—and she couldn’t help but feel sorry. The girl looked like she was fishing in Tobias’ mouth and not kissing him. And Tobias looked like he was about to gag.
“What do you want me to do?” Marietta exchanged a confused glance with the director. “You are the director, so direct them.”
“You are the one who dreams up love scenes in the middle of the desert. Besides, I have been married six times. If I was romantic I would still have my first wife, or better yet, my sixth.” He put his hand on Marietta’s back and gently pushed her forward. “You are the girl, so how would you want him to kiss you?”
“I thought he was the great Tobias Harden, the best sex on both sides of the pond. He can’t do a simple kiss?” Marietta pouted as she stomped towards the two actors, looking back only once to stick her tongue out at the director. She looked around for Suzy and Jessie they were the ones who had vouched for the ‘dreamboat’.
“This isn’t working,” Tobias said to her as Marietta walked towards them.
“No kidding.” Her hands akimbo, she tried to think of someway a hero in one of her romance novels would make this work. “Sarah, you look like a fish drowning in a fish bowl and Toby, you look like someone is forcing you to swallow an eel. You are actors. I don’t care if you don’t find each other desirable. Pretend. We pay you to pretend. You make your living pretending.”
“I find him to be very sexy,” Sarah said as she winked in Tobias’ direction.
Marietta frowned and turned to face Tobias just in time to see the same frustrated expression on his face. “What about you? Do you find her sexy?”
“Just run this scene by me again,” Tobias grunted.
“You two are in love. There are people with huge guns coming to kill you, plus there is a sand storm behind you. You feel like this is it, so you want this one kiss. The kiss has to be passionate. Everyone has to shiver at how intensely passionate it is.”
“I’m not a magician,” Sarah whined.
“You’re telling me.” Marietta huffed in frustration and stepped in between them. “I think you are both trying to lead the kiss. Kiss me like you would a girl you are desperately in love with.”
“I’ve never been in love.” His eyebrow rose in a dismissive glare.
“Join the club.” She looked him over once then decided to use his reputation to get the scene. “Kiss me like you are trying to convince me that I am your moon and stars. That is before you ditch me the next morning. You lead, I’ll follow.”
Covert Existence; http://www.amazon.com/Covert-Existence-ebook/dp/B00DTWCFU4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373370452&sr=8-1&keywords=covert+existence
Shades of Spring; Letters to my Daughter; http://www.amazon.com/Shades-Spring-1964-Daughter-ebook/dp/B008MU9J02/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373952370&sr=1-5&keywords=m.o.+kenyan