Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I graduated from Miami University of Ohio. And I’m currently enrolled in a graduate program of American history. I’ve always read books that fired up my imagination. I wanted to be an author and publisher since I was in kindergarten. I’d even wrote a book by punching holes into ten pages of typing paper and binding it with my hair ribbon. I sold it to my doting uncle for a nickel! I enjoy going to action-packed movies. I’m also a basketball, football, and political junkie. Now I’ve written to novellas in the Kept Series.
The first novella, Kept, is about pregnant former mistress who refuses to abort her baby conceived with a rich white man. Can she deliver an heir to a fortune?
The second novella, Kept: Book Two, is about Kate’s return and murder. Can she save her family as well as herself from murder?
Kept: Book Two is a stand-alone novella and can be read without reading the first book, Kept.
When I’m not reading and writing (reviews), I’m reading and writing material for my graduate program in American history. We are granted two weeks off after each eleven weeks. In this time, I read and write furiously.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Kept: Book Two is my newest release. The main character, Kate Mercer, inspired me to write another novella. It was if she spoke to me. The character convinced me that there were additional storylines for this character, and I am building on that. Here is the blurb:
Sex, lies, murder: After surviving attempts on her and her unborn baby’s life, Kate delivers an heir to a fortune. Now sexy former mistress Kate Mercer is back! So is murder! The flawed, insecure character finds herself inviting trouble in the form of murder. This time Kate is alone in her fight for survival, in her fight for her family. Meet the characters impacting Kate Mercer-Burton’s life.
Anita Spencer: After a great loss, the woman has a score to settle with Kate.
Derrick Angel: The heartthrob threatens to ruin Kate’s family. Will he kill to win her heart?
Detective Garnett: Out of his jurisdiction, he tries forcing Kate to reveal the whereabouts of his kept mistress. When Kate refuses, he issues a chilling threat.
Carrington Grant: He’s more powerful than any of the previous three, and he indicates that he wants to become a part of his and Kate’s daughter’s life. Will he be the one to ruin Kate’s family?
Kept: Book Two is a stand-alone novella. It is not necessary to first read Kept, which is the first novella in this series. I brought Kate back because the character urged me to keep her alive. New and old supporting characters surround her. But one of them is out to destroy her and her family. Here is the link. www.amazon.com/dp/B00V52XOJG.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, I have unusual writing habits. I often write the ending first. I also go full speed in the two week breaks I get in the graduate program of American history.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Authors who have influenced me are Terry McMillan, David Baldacci, and Christopher Reich to name a few.
What are you working on now?
For the next seven weeks, I’ll be buried in my grad school work in American history. During the upcoming break, I’ll furiously write Kept: Book Three as well as catch up on my blogging.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve tried PRETTY-HOT.COM, of course. I’ve tried Book Goodies, Get Down with the Awethors, and Awesome Gang to name a few.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Try something new. Try something different. One way to build up fans is to purchase and read other authors. Review them then reach out to them. When trying other authors, step out of your comfort zone by reading paranormal, horror, crime fiction , interracial, Latino-American and African-American. Reading the last two will expand your horizons, and, perhaps, you will include characters of color into your own writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I ever heard was to promote and advertise months or weeks in advance of your release. If you have a following, talk readers into pre-ordering your book. Follow authors in your genre and tweet to them and their readers–not a lot–but just enough to make an impression.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Feminism & Suffrage: The Emergence of an Independent Women’s Movement in America, 1848-1869 as well as reading Meet Me in Silicon Valley by Anita Claire.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Next I will contribute to a column on Book Daily. As soon as I receive a break, I’ll dive into Kept: Book Three. I’ll also catch up on my blogging at www.bookmistressblog.com.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I don’t necessarily have one. I loved Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan and Rules of Engagement by Christopher Reich. I love the Alex Cross novels by James Patterson.
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