Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I an author of Puerto Rican descent born and raised in East Harlem, NY. Growing up in Taft Projects on 115th Street, I would often let my imagination flow freely with tales and story lines that transported my imagination into a world of mystery, romance and action-adventures in faraway lands. I have written two book – Trapped and I just completed Trapped 2.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My book is called Trapped. It explores how a successful and mature woman can find herself the victim of a love affair gone bad in spite of her best intentions. I was inspired to write Trapped when the CEO of a publishing company I worked for challenged me to write. At first I didn't think I could do it, but once I began to type my first chapter the storyline that danced in my mind for years flowed onto the pages.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I find writing at night really stimulates my imagination. I spend the day listening to various musical scores to get me in the mood to write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have always been a great fan of Stephen King novels. I love the way his books always carry a hidden message. I am also a fan of Donald Goines, his urban tales are chilling and on point.
What are you working on now?
I just finished the sequel to Trapped. I was excited to write about my main characters adventures after all she went through. Trapped 2 is currently with my editor and should be released February 2018.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have found that Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) is the best way to build my author brand and get my book noted. I've also advertised on Amazon where my book is currently available.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The best advise I can give to new authors is to begin developing a thick skin, not everyone will like your work and will let you know it. Stay connected to the readers who like your book, be prepared to spend a lot of time on social media advertising. Begin to identify yourself as an author, people will show interest and it's a great platform to talk about your book. And most of all, never give up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"Write what you know" has been the best advise I've heard.
What are you reading now?
I am reading "In the Footsteps of a Killer", a fictional thriller by Denise J. Bryson. She is a new author from Detroit.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am going to tackle writing a fictional book about a young woman who moves to NYC from her native Puerto Rico. I've heard many stories from the women in my family that I know would make a great book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.