Interview

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. 

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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?

Patience

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.

 

Her pen game is on FIRE!!!

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Meet the Author

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.

Meet the Author

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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