Interview

Meet the Author…

My name is Tamara Ellis I’m 31 years old. I’m from Jacksonville, NC. I’m the author of Betrayal In Its Rarest Form. I’m signed to Soulja Choc Presents.

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The Face behind the pen.

hat made you start writing?

I have always loved to read and with the encouragement from my best friend I decided to give writing a try.
Q2. How long have you been writing? I published my first book in June of 2017 and it took me 8 years to complete it.
Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?

The hardest thing about being an author is finding the time I have a full-time job a daughter and a fiancée so every extra minute I have I try to spend writing.
Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?

I have learned many lessons, but the fact that you can’t please everyone has to be the one that has taught me the most I’ve also learned that you can’t compare your success to other authors.

Q5. What is the best part of being an author?

Telling my story and hearing someone loved it or could relate to it.
Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?

I believe it definitely does, because the cover is what catches the reader’s eye.

Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it?

My publisher has many designers that he chooses from.

Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? I thought the artwork went well with the story.
Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.

My book is a about a husband and a wife her name is Kimani and his name is Torrin they have ups and downs in their marriage but they are able to get through them until Torrin does the unforgiveable.
Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Kimani is my favorite character because she is the type of woman I aim to be despite everything she goes through she bounces back and lands on her feet.
Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique? My intended audience is men and women ranging from the ages of 24 to 35. I think my intended audience should read my book because the things that happen are things that they can relate to.
Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I think Toya Wright should play Kimani and or Rasheeda from Love and Hip Hop.
Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working on and what were your past works?

I am currently working on the second book in the Betrayal In Its Rarest Form series and an anthology with my pen sisters and brothers. My other book is my debut novel Love Gone Broke.

Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?

I would just say study your craft and all aspects of the business as well, if you sign with a publisher do your part to make your career all it can be. Don’t sit back and expect the publisher to do all the work, because we only get out what we put in, tell your story and have fun, but also be prepared to work.

 

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Meet the Author

Hello, my name is Scott Meehan. I am a retired Army veteran of twenty-five years; teach Business at a local college; published author; married for thirty-six years; have two grown children and four grandchildren. We are members of a local church and Disney World : )

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Q1. What made you start writing?
My background, which consisted of thirteen different schools growing up across the United States and three other countries. After graduating from high school, I traveled the country and world even more until I joined the Army in 1980. I served a tour in Berlin while the wall still stood and did four tours to the Middle East. So, my vast diverse experience across the globe serves as the backdrop of my writing since I kept a journal and wrote down my experiences.

Q2. How long have you been writing?
Since middle school (the seventies), however, my first published book was seven years ago in 2011.

Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?
Finding enough time to sit, be alone, and jot down all the flooding stories swirling through my mind.

Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?
Writing is the easy part for me…marketing, or I should say, convincing readers that my books are good and that they should pick one up is the hardest part.

Q5. What is the best part of being an author?
The development of characters coming to life and the connection with readers.

Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?
Most definitely. For me personally, any time I walk into a bookstore, I am immediately attracted by the best covers first.

Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
I began looking for those who advertised book cover art and chose the least expensive. I also tried those who were more expensive. Sometimes there was little difference. Since I teach computer courses in my Business classes, I have learned to design my own covers…some good and some not so good. The bottom line now is that I have recently signed a contract with Creativia Publishing and they will do my covers. I am more than happy with that because the result of their first cover was absolutely stunning, in my opinion. The cover epitomizes the storyline. See for yourself: http://mybook.to/LoveWar

Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.
I have written several books but the first one published by Creativia Publishing is about a Green Beret soldier, Ron Hawkins, a dedicated, compassionate man who finds his calling in the Army Special Forces. Like his father, who served on Delta Force, Ron fights for principle – a cause beyond his personal interest.
But when Ron is sent with his team to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror, he faces a life-changing decision. After he rescues the beautiful Afghan girl, Sarah, from a Taliban execution, Ron finds out that the girl has her own plans of escaping the war-torn land that is keeping her from living her dream.
Love in the House of War is the epic story of America in the 21st Century, told through the lives of a career soldier and his family, spanning the tumultuous war on terror years from Afghanistan to Iraq while facing both the Taliban and ISIS head-on. It is a modern day tale of the life-and-death struggle of physical and spiritual, good versus evil, in today’s dynamic warfare.
Interesting is the fact that I wrote this book back in 2014 and this month, the movie 12-Strong just came out. Both stories are from the same war and battles.

Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Well, I identify closely with Ron Hawkins. We had similar paths except he went to Afghanistan and I went to Iraq. Also, he met the love of his life in Afghanistan and I met the love of my life in the jungles of Ecuador.
Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?
The intended audience is anyone associated with: the military (including family members), world travelers, multi-cultural people, coming-of-age young adults (and teens), romance (females), suspense, war (Males), a bit of fantasy, and religion—basically, everyone. The uniqueness comes from my first-hand experiences across many cultures around the world.

Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Definitely Chris Hemsworth (Ron Hawkins) and Gal Gadot (Sarah Rajiv-Hawkins) would be perfect for Part 1 and 2 while the addition of Emily Carey (Asha Hawkins) would be perfect in part 2 as the daughter. Maybe Romeo Beck (Caleb Hawkins) and Levi Miller (Seth Hawkins) would be good child actors for the roles in part 2 as Asha’s brothers and Asin Thottumkal could play the role as Miriam, the rescued Iraq girl and adopted sister.

Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?
Here is the list of past published books and current projects:
PUBLISHED
• Prince of Babylon-Epic Novel (Co-authored)
• All I Could Be-Memoirs
• Stone In A Sling-Memoirs
• Love in the House of War-Epic Novel
• Millennial Girl-Sequel to Love in the House of War
• Duty Recall-Military Time Travel
• Girl Alone-An American soldier and an Iraqi Refugee (Short Story)
• Cold War In Berlin-Espionage (Short Story)
• Crossroads-Coming of Age devotional (Short Story)
CURRENT PROJECTS
• Desert Rock Café-Insights from the war zone (Short Story)
• Millennial Girl 2: Betrayed (Sequel to Millennial Girl)
• Wasteland-(Mystery)
Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?
Just write! Write, write, and keep writing.

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The face behind the pen.

Hello. My name is Aja LaGrand Blount. The name in itself is a one of a kind, especially by me being a male. My father once told me the definition of Aja meant “unique.” Through recent studies, I have found its African in origin, and means “goat.” Based on the acronym, greatest of all times seems to be fitting. As an author, I stepped into the literary world to sprinkle it with something unique and grand. Taking my creative spirit and elevated mindset, I give the reader something out of the ordinary.
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Q1. What made you start writing?

I always loved to write. I just didn’t think it would come to being an author. While in prison, I had some hard questions to face. Upon asking myself those hard questions, it opened the gates of my imagination and the rest is history. I feel in love with everything about writing.

Q2. How long have you been writing?

I have been writing seriously since January 2013

Q3. What is the hardest part about being an author?

The hardest part about being an author is dealing with all the characters in my head…lol…

Q4. What lessons have you learned about being an author?

The most valuable lesson I learn about being an author is that you have to continuously educate yourself and live life. 

Q5. What is the best part of being an author?

The best part of being an author is seeing your work in print and having someone love it once they’ve read it.

Q6. Does the cover play a significant role in buying process?

The cover can play a significant role in the buying process. But you can’t judge every book by its cover. The cover is simply a gateway into what the book could be about. It’s not the whole story.

Q7. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

Mario Patterson designed my cover. Previously, I had published my first novel, Multiples, through a self-publishing company. Once I severed ties with them, I knew I had to come back with a brand-new cover for the first one if I was gonna have a more professional looking cover for the second. I went with the cover because it reflects the premise of the book.

Q8. Please describe what the story/book is about.

Multiples is based on the premise that you don’t know who you think you know. DP is a gun for hire and he takes a job to take out this guy who he believes killed his father. Unfortunately, the guy is the father of someone close to him. He doesn’t know this, and she doesn’t know this. But the event in itself is what causes a domino effect. 

Q9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I don’t have a favorite character in my books. All of them brings something different to the table. To choose one over the other would be uncivilized.

Q10 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?

My intended audience is anyone who loves to read. My books have an urban connotation to it but that doesn’t define it. I like to call them suspense/thrillers myself.

Q.11 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?  By me being new to the literary game, to cast an actor/actress, I would prefer someone on the come up like me. It would be great to have an established name on the big screen but it’s not about just making the money. It’s about the art at the end of the day. Publishing/producing something that’s great.

Q12 Is there any more projects you are currently working and what were your past works?

 I am currently working on Death of a Boy. It will drop mid-March along with A Vulture’s Bond. This past December, I dropped Multiples and Multiples – The Unloved One. I have a website – ajalagrandpresents.com – where you can shop or download the first 10 chapters of the uploaded titles. Death of a Boy will be uploaded soon. Waiting on the cover.

Q13. What advice would you offer an aspiring author?

  1. The advice I would give to an aspiring author is to stay focused, establish a process and stick to it, and be patient.

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Meet Author: Vixen Monreaux

Vixen Monreaux is an urban fiction authoress and poetess from Dallas. She is currently affiliated with Black Beauty Presents publishing, where she has recently release Baddies Only and Baddies Only 2: Kandy Kisses. She is currently working on one of two poetry pieces, Verses X Vibez: Unfiltered, a collection of her most intimate pieces. She is aiming to pursue writing as a full time career and build her networking movement for underground artists.

 

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  1. Describe yourself in three words.
    1. Creative eccentric and daring.
  2. How old were you when you started writing?
    1. I was still in middle school.
  3. When did you discover that this would be your profession?
    1. At a poetry reading in my living room.
  4. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
    1. My poetry mentor, Queen Lyric.
  5. What are a couple of your all-time favorite books?
    1. “The Sisters of APF” by Zane
    2. “The Family Business” by Carl Weber
    3. “Unconditionally Single” by Mary B Morrison
  6. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
    1. I work 40 hrs. a week, but if I can get it in at work, I do it and right now 
      1. I’m trying a word limit a day for my next piece.
    2. What genre are your books and what draws you to this genre?
      1. Living vicariously through writing, urban fiction
  7. What inspired your latest book and its title? How new ideas sparks up in your mind when you write a book and when you get completely satisfied with output?
    1. I’m anything but a Lil Wayne fan, but he’s got a verse that says, “ I got a sign on my.that says “bad bitches only”. I can literally find inspiration in an abundance of places.
  8. Please describe what the story/book is about.
    1. The main thing is women in a lucrative escort business, because I’ve literally witness woman sell themselves for less. I wanted to write some drama-filled piece that a woman is worth more than she could every really realize. I also wrote about things that happen in all kinds of communities with our women.
  9. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? What makes your endeavors unique?
    1. I think everyone deserves a chance in the world of books, If I fail at urban fiction I can still write my poetry. If people read my urban works and then turn around an d read my poetry they’d witness all of me. It’s not just about the money for me, that’s a bonus.

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