Meet the Author
I’m DD Hairston and I have the privilege to do something that I love doing. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I started writing poems and short stories to escape reality as a hobby. I had to put the writing to the side and enter the real world, but reading has always been a release. Circumstances have given me a new outlook on life and writing became my outlet again. Having the ability to control what happens in a book, giving them joy, grief or tribulations and watching them overcome the challenge or fail is extremely exhilarating. Each book brings a new adventure and meeting new characters to introduce to readers.
The Face behind the Pen.
Q1. What made you start writing?
It is something I really enjoyed doing. Changes in my life took me back to my first love, just for enjoyment. Now it has become a career choice for me.
Q2. How long have you been writing?
Since I was around fourteen-fifteen
Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?
Obtaining a following. When readers do not know who you are, you have to really push your work.
Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?
Q5. What is the best part of being an author?
Being able to put your heart into a Book and get feedback that people like what you create.
Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?
Yes it does
Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
I did not design my cover. I gave instructions to have two men and a woman in the middle with Downtown Los Angeles skyline. My Book is based in Los Angeles. Love, who is the main character, is torn between her love for her brother and her loyalties to her husband.
Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.
Love Child tells a story on how deception and lies can destroy a family, especially when they all thought Love was the only secrete they had. She had it all; a successful husband, a beautiful son, the perfect job, her dream career and great friends. Marrying William destroyed Love’s relationship with her brother Liam. He felt it was the ultimate betrayal, considering they were best friends. With the death of their Father, Love life comes to an abrupt halt. His love was the only one she truly needed. Liam is determined to uncover the skeletons they inherited, Love is trying to suppress them and William is trying to make them both live in the presence. Liam learns the hard way that William was right. Love struggles to keep her family together, save her relationship with Liam, survive a friends deceit and hold on to her sanity. You don’t always get happy endings.
Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I would have to say that William is my favorite character. He is so intriguing. His possessive and arrogant nature makes you want to dislike him, yet he has this unconditional, unwavering love for his wife you have to adore. Then he flashes back to the “I may have come from the inner city, but I wear $5000 Italian Suits and overlook the whole city from my balcony not,” so you dislike his again.
Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?
I write for anyone who likes Adult Urban Fiction. You get to enjoy the urban lifestyle, yet there are twist and turns that you do not see coming. I like to disrupt a perfectly happy lifestyle and see how they overcome obstacles. Sometimes they make it through, others they fail miserably.
Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
As Love – Kat Graham or Zoe Kravitz William – Mel Jackson (if he was taller) Liam – Michael Ealy
Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?
Love Child Two will be released in April and I have a Short Story Love to Hate You, in Natavia Presents Short Stories.
Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?
It takes more than a good idea. You have to not only have a passion for writing, but you must love to read as well. Reading what other Authors write gives you an understanding of what is current and relatable. You also cannot release a Book and do nothing else. It truly is a full time job.