My favorite aspect of Mahogany Sin is the relationships. Not just between Valerie and Edric, but the relationship with her friends and her family as well. I put a lot of time and feeling into those connections because I wanted the readers to feel attached to every character in the book. I hope the people who read my book fall in love with the characters as much as I have.
Mahogany Sin began as a dream about my main male character Edric Cofi. He was at the top of my mind for weeks, before I finally decided to begin writing the story. Once I did, the ideas and story flowed very quickly. I was completely enthralled with the characters and thoroughly enjoyed telling their story.
I am a lot like Valerie. I’m determined and can be a control freak most of the time. I’m very ambitious and when I set my mind to something, I’m going to keep at it until it’s done. In that way Val and I are very much alike.
I’m a wife and mother to two little boys. I work full time at a mortgage company but wish I could stay at home to write more. Bills have to be paid, so unfortunately I have to keep my day job….for now.
I don’t listen to music when I write; I find it too distracting. I think it’s because I love music as much as I love story telling. When I’m listening to a song I really enjoy, I’m completely focused on the song. It’s the same thing when I write. When I’m telling my character’s story nothing else exists.
I don’t have a designated writing area. When I’m at home, I pick the quietest room, take a seat anywhere and escape into my little world. Sometimes I write on the train during my morning and evening commute. It gets noisy but my characters’ voices are louder making it easy to ignore the other riders.
I always loved to read as a kid. I loved the way a good story made me feel. When I was in fifth grade I had a student teacher who gave us an assignment to write a story. It was the most fun I’d ever had doing homework. After the assignment was complete the seed was planted. I began to create short stories and poems from that point on. I wanted to be able to write something that could invoke intense feelings when read. The same feelings I experience when I read an amazing story. Every great book I read inspires me to put pen to paper.
It’s certainly not an easy thing to do. When I spend too much time writing I feel like I’m neglecting my children and husband. When I spend time doing everyday things, I feel bad for not squeezing in an hour or so to write. I usually work on my novels after I put the kids to bed for the night and then I don’t feel so bad. I have to be mindful of that too because I don’t want to neglect my husband either. It’s hard to balance everything but I try my best to manage my time well. It seems to be working so far.
Great question! I love vampires but I’d have to go with a werewolf. They’re protective, strong, and dominant. As opposed to vampires, they can walk in the sunlight. As long as he doesn’t mark his territory by peeing on my furniture, I would be happy with a werewolf.
Next year it’s my plan to publish two novels and one short story. My story, The Birth of a Villain, was accepted into Writers’ Anarchy III and I’m beyond excited about it. This story will probably be the first piece of work I publish in the New Year. Currently, I’m writing part two of Mahogany Sin. It should be ready for publishing by the middle of 2014 (fingers crossed!). I also have another novel I began in 2009 I’m planning to revamp and finish. I think it should be ready by the later part of 2014.
I plan on keeping myself very busy next year!
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