My latest book is entitled Black Santa: A Christmas Story and it follows the trials and tribulations of a Vice President of a record label who, sort of, falls from grace. It answers the fabled question what happens if a rich jerk loses it all. Calvin actually loses it all – his money, his fame, and his status. It’s a comedic look on how he loses it all and is forced to re-evaluate himself as a person and get back in touch with the driving force behind his former success in order to climb back up the ladder.
Tell us something about yourself.
Born in Rhode Island, raised in Maryland. I have been writing since I was in high school. Let’s see, something interesting about me…I’m a single mom to a wonderful little boy. I take pride in being a mom!
What inspired you to write this book?
As always, I wanted to write material that my son could read once he gets older. Also, it is loosely based on a true story – where I have infused bits and pieces of things that have happened to me when I lived in California.
How did you publish this book?
Boutique publisher. I decided on them because I was impressed with what they did with my first book.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
My grandmother had always told me that I had a gift for writing. I didn’t really believe it until I began writing for a literary magazine in college.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Editing! I am my toughest critic, and I have to force myself not to read through my projects too much.
How do you do research for your books?
Hmm… many ways. Ideas come from just about anything – some of my storylines have come from short conversations with friends. A tidbit from a conversation with send me straight into research mode, where I’ll surf the net with a vengeance, until I find a key piece of history that corresponds with the storyline that I have in my head. Then I’ll flush it out until I’m satisfied with the finished product.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
Absolutely. I learned that life can change in an instant and in that moment, whether you like it or not, you will be forced to re-evaluate yourself and how you handle things.
What are you reading now?
I am reading “Pryor Convictions And Other Life Sentences” the autobiography of Richard Pryor.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I enjoy comedic non-fiction, as well as Martial Arts books – on the history and mastery of Martial Arts.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes . I’m delving into the mystery and crime drama genre. It’s an exciting ride – and I don’t want to give too much away because I’m still flushing out the storyline.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
My advice is to write from the heart and write everyday!
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
I am working the book tour circuit.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
To find out more information about me, and my books please stop by my website at www.agfielder.net.