Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Living in a culturally diverse city, surrounded by art and music, had a huge influence on me as a child. I've always enjoyed reading, art and writing. What always struck me as odd, was the lack of diversity in the stories. I guess I knew early, these pastimes were imaginative places that I could go without a plane ticket or anyone's permission. Of course, as an adult, the same applies. But, it is extra special having the support of my family when I go on writing excursions. Sometimes, I'm there quite a while. My stories are multicultural crime and contemporary romances. I can't imagine writing a tale devoid of diverse people and infusions of societal concerns. After more than thirty books, I am as excited as the day I began my writing journey many years ago.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The latest book I have written is, Bad Things Good Killers Do. The fascination with off-beat, imperfect and complicated people have inspired much of what I write. The proliferation of news coverage of depravity throughout the world, murders, and things of that sort, are catalysts as well. There are bad people, but what if, for the sake of a novel, a good kid grew-up to be a good killer after experiencing tragedy? What if, as an adult, he realizes he doesn't have a legacy and chooses a stranger that might potentially bear him a child in the event that he dies?
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like writing with music or late at night.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, Langston Hughes, James Patterson, Homer, and many many more.
What are you working on now?
Part 2 of Bad Things Good Killers Do and other projects.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The best method of promotion is writing an engaging story. There are multitudes of paid and free advertisement services that will drive attention to a book. Facebook and Google ads are a few I've used.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write, read, learn your craft and enjoy yourself. Also join a writer's community for the support you'll need when that "Great Masterpiece" you shared is considered rubbish in a brutal review.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If you love writing, then write!
What are you reading now?
I'm writing. But, I did reread, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou.
What’s next for you as a writer?
That Great American Novel.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I have a habit of falling in love with many great stories. Roots, The Odyssey, and there are others. I must say, my books, are at the top of the list as well.
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