What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.
My most recent book is the second of my ‘Lasting Impressions’ trilogy. It’s called, Lasting Impressions – His Side.
Basically, Artest Collins believed that life wasn’t about how to survive the storm, but rather, how to dance in the rain. That was before his NFL career ended with one man murdered and Artest on the run.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a graduated of Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), Brooklyn, New York and a Certified Life Skills Educator. I was a columnist for five years with the Brooklyn based, Daily Challenge Newspaper. My talents include co-authorship of “Off the Wall Talent Agency” and “Mum’s the Word,” two whimsical, warm-hearted screenplays that offer a fresh, laughter-splashed perspective in the little things that happens between family and friends. I also co-produced two documentaries: An Ocean of Courage. The true story of the men of the USS Mason, a W.W.II Destroyer manned by an all Black crew (airs twice a year on Time Warner Cable BCAT). In addition, I explored the changing style of African American poetry through my interview of two poets in “Black Poets in America.”
What inspired you to write this book?
After writing about finance and credit in my first book, Keepin’ Up With the Joneses; Secrets the Banks Don’t Want You to Know. I decided to write about the second thing I knew something about, romance.
How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?
I published my second and third books through www.KeepingUpBooks.com. I chose this publisher because they were honest and reasonably price. Then I started working with them as a consultant, a year later, I became a partner with the company.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I’ve always told/written stories and people enjoyed them.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
The hardest part of writing is sitting at the computer and typing everything that’s on your mind onto the screen. For some people the hardest part of writing is getting started.
How do you do research for your books?
For the financial book, I used real live situations as well as reading financial reports, bank credit card contracts, laws on the various Chapter 7, 11, and 13, and reviewing how credit scores affect interest rates. For the romance novels, I used some real life experiences and built on them.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
I learned that all things are possible when you pray and follow God’s lead.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Right now I’m finishing book three of the Lasting Impressions Series, Lasting Impressions – The Truth. Because when the relationship is over there is always her side, his side and The Truth.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
The best advice I can offer about writing is to always make your book interesting; throw in humor, drama and if you’re writing a romance, a good love scene or two. In terms of publishing, make sure you won 100% of your book; that means everything the publisher does for you is in your name.