I’m Glad You’re Dead (The Preternatural Chronicles Book 1) (Author Interview)

I’m Glad You’re Dead looks like a great urban fantasy book.  What was your inspiration for your series, the Preternatural Chronicles?   

The books are dedicated to, and starring, my best friend and doppelgänger, John. He always enjoyed my writing and one day made me promise to write a book about him. We grew up reading authors like Anne Rice, so when asked what he wanted to be, he told me he wanted to be a vampire. I promised — then he pulled a party foul and died, leaving me with no choice but to honor his memory, so I wrote I’m Glad You’re Dead.

After I finished book one, my brain raced and was already coming up with ideas for its follow up. I had no choice but to continue.

Why is your first book titled I’m Glad You’re Dead?    

This is the question I get the most when I tell people the story behind the series. Seems kind of odd to dedicate a book titled I’m Glad You’re Dead to your dead best friend, doesn’t it?

I’m Glad You’re Dead plays on a few levels. First: it’s a direct quote from the 1989 Batman from the man, the myth, the legend: Jack Nicholson. Batman is my — and was John’s — favorite movie of all time. We used to say it all the time to each other at random times. Honestly, our entire friendship was built on the foundation of movie quotes; and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Well, except…you know… the being dead part. I’d probably change that.

And B: John is a vampire in the series and he had to die to become immortal. But mostly that first thing I said.

How is your take on vampires different than what we have seen before?

Being urban fantasy, I wanted to do a different take on vampires. I was tired of the “hiss hiss bite bite” theatrics that have been played out. Instead, I gave John the ability to infuse his blood with his preternatural energy and create blood manifestations, like weapons and even armor. For example; instead of him biting someone’s neck for every kill, he can will a blood-dagger into his hand and stab the bad guy in their blood soaked liver to exsanguinate them. I also try to explain most supernatural abilities in a scientific way for the reader, to make it more believable. Why do vampires need blood to survive? What’s the difference between supernatural and preternatural? Did I leave the oven on? All this will be explained, and more, if you exchange your paper with words on it for my paper with words on it.

How many books do you plan for the series?    

There will be 13 novels in the series with a novella or two thrown in for good measure. I have all the books planned out, which is seriously a lot of fun because it allows me to sprinkle in breadcrumbs here and there. That seemingly inconspicuous action that happened several books ago surely won’t have consequences later in the series…right?

When did you decide to become a writer?

One does not just “decide” to be a writer. The Ghost of Halloween Past chooses you from one of those rotating cages that bingo players use — the name escapes me. You perform a series of quests with increasing difficulty, only to face your final task. Write a book. Then bam! You’re a writer.

When writing I’m Glad You’re Dead did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

I suck at editing, and I’ve had terrible luck with editors; but enough is enough. I recently hired five editors to tear my novella, Deliverance, apart. I paid their fees and told them they will be competing for my love. I’m calling it the Editor Games. Five enter; only one leaves. The rest will be executed by firing squad…or never used again. Definitely one or the other.

How did you come up with the story in I’m Glad You’re Dead?   

I have listened to over 200 books on Audible from amazing authors like Stephen King, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Dennis E. Taylor, Richard Kadrey, Neil Gaiman, Keith C. Blackmore, and Craig Alanson. I pay attention to story structure and dissect things that make me go “holy sh*t! I loved that!” I’ve also watched hours of YouTube and Masterclass videos from authors who describe their entire process from story ideas to publishing. Over the past few years, I have tried several different methods before finding what works for me.

Bitcoin Money (Author Interview)

Bitcoin Money looks like a great cryptocurrency guide.  Any plans to release similar income generating books?   

Thank you very much!  Yes definitely!  Bitcoin Money: The Top 20 Ways To Make Income With Cryptocurrencies (https://amzn.to/30ahkpy) is only my very first book in a planned series! 

I also plan to create other books on other related topics such as:

Monetary Wisdom
Fundamental Analysis
Understanding Market Cycles
Technical Analysis
Best Use Cases for Blockchain Technology
Disruptive Technologies

What will readers get out of your guide?    

After reading my book, people will know how to make cryptocurrency instantly!  They will be able to recover the $2.99 USD cost of the E-book in a few minutes. 

In this book readers will learn the following about cryptocurrencies:

- Awareness of
- Perceived Usage
- Growth Potential
- Active Income Generation Methods
- Passive Income Generation Methods
- How To Avoid Common Scams
- How To Secure Your Crypto Assets
- And much more!

What inspired you when writing Bitcoin Money?    
Well when I started my MBA back in 2017, Bitcoin and Blockchain related technologies was really being hyped up.  I decided to learn how to day trade cryptocurrencies and mine them too.  Furthermore, I devoted my master’s dissertation on the subject of cryptocurrencies.

When did you decide to become a writer?
In all honesty, I was getting tired of the regular 9 am to 6 pm job as a senior level manager for a venture capital firm.  I wanted a more flexibly work schedule and the ability to work on the projects that I wanted, when I wanted to work on them too.  Writing affords you with this flexible type of lifestyle.

When writing Bitcoin Money did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   
Well I had research a ton of information so I had to filter out only the very best and most lucrative opportuntities.  This was a very meticulous process that took many weeks to accomplish.

How did you come up with the concepts and ideas in Bitcoin Money?   
As I was interviewing experts in various fields related to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology during my research, I became aware of many active and passive ways to make income with cryptocurrencies.  I decided to include these income generation methods into my master’s dissertation and eventually into my first published books too.

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The Setup (Author Interview)

The Setup looks like a great self-help book.  Can you tell us a little about the upcoming book signing?  

The Setup Novel to be sold at 2019 Essence Festival Bookstore #essencefestivalbookstore engaging with fans through on-site book signing on July 5 & 6 11-3pm. The Essence Festival Bookstore Booth 4210  will be open in Ernest N. Moral Convention Center everyday between the hours of 11am-5pm. In partnership with New Orleans Garden District Bookshop. See you in Nola! We're celebrating the Essence Festival 25th anniversary four days of entertainment, empowerment and community.

What will readers get out of your book?    

The Setup Book is a mixture of romance and suspense dealing with death and murder in a world where teens, adolescents and women are facing bullying, domestic violence, and depression.  The call for women empowerment and a call for ending domestic violence and sex trafficking continues to echoes. The Setup Novel will help lend a hand to its voice.  It is a must read for adolescents and adults alike. 

What inspired you when writing The Setup   

I am inspired on positive conscious energies within the human experience who successfully acquired the state of stillness and tranquillity.  These individuals possess the courage to continue to seek knowledge and determination to find wisdom and happiness wholeheartedly. I am motivated by others who find creative ways to research and apply their found discoveries in their daily lives. In my opinion, it is the true meaning of quintessential living.  I was inspired to document my process of discoveries through walking down memory lane in a unorthodox series of events which took place some based on inspired actual events and majority imaginatively.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I knew I was interested in writing as a teen.  I had a love to vividly paint stories through words by poetry.  I received positive support from peers and family to continue capturing my writing through journaling which spilled over into college and into my young adult life.  I was sought after to assist in many capacity in contributing in the development of Tillie Hogans, God's miracles in my life book project while in college as a junior in college at Florida A&M University. This experience cultivated the desire to write someday in the future.

When writing The Setup did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

The Setup story plot was particularly challenging due to deciding on the inclusion of my rants and collection of poems throughout the book. 

The Secret of The Seed (Author Interview)

The Secret of the Seed looks like a great children’s book with a powerful message. Any plans to write additional books or turn it into a series? 
Yes, actually I do plan to turn into a series based on a cartoon series that I am writing called Nahla’s Universe. 

What age group are you aiming for? 
I truly believe that my messages are universal. They are cosmically therapeutic messages for the child in all of us. Every person is child like in some stage of their life whether or not you are learning something new or encountering a situation you have never faced etc. It is important to connect with that part of ourselves and encourage and empathize and forgive and love it the way we would any other child.

What inspired you when writing The Secret of the Seed? 

My biggest inspiration is my daughter and my hopes for the world that she will be living in. It is important to see yourself reflected in the world that you live in. It boosts confidence, self efficacy and promotes overall positive mental health. Currently, there is a huge lack of representations of same sex families in children’s developmental material. I am doing my part to bridge that gap.

When did you decide to become a writer? 
I believe becoming a writer chose me. Various events and decisions after following my instincts and facing my fears lead me here. I have be given an assignment to express these messages in my own unique way. Like the wind that is giving to an instrument. My creative expressions are the music that is being made to include writing.

When writing The Secret of the Seed did anything stand out as particularly challenging? 
The main challenge is always getting out of my own way. I got to a point where I was nitpicking at little things and I had to finally release it as it was. So that I can take the next step and just get better with time.

Be... A Coloring Journal Planner That Celebrates Living a Life of Purpose by Design (Author Interview)

Be… A Coloring Journal Planner That Celebrates Living a Life of Purpose by Design looks like a great journal planner.  What sets this one apart from others?  We incorporated a variety of elements into our Coloring Journal Planner to create something that we would absolutely LOVE to use. We have included inspiring quotes, anecdotes, beautiful coloring pages and journaling prompts to help people, “Celebrate living a life of purpose by design,” using our seven words; love, kindness, grateful, inspired, strong, genuine, and happy. Seven words that each of us can choose to BE every day.
What will readers get out of your book?    We hope to give readers a place where they can plan their schedules while recording and celebrating their accomplishments every day.  This planner is a workbook to help readers gain deeper insights into the things that make them come alive, things that they would love to have more of in their lives so that they too can live their happiest and most fulfilling lives full of purpose. And lastly, we want this journal to help others recognize the myriad of miracles that each day has to offer.

What inspired you when writing/creating Be… A Coloring Journal Planner That Celebrates Living a Life of Purpose by Design   My daughters and the children I love from around the world inspire me in everything I write and all that I do.  The world is inundated with bad news in a never ending 24/7 news cycle. It can oftentimes feel like we live in a terribly scary and hopeless world. While I know that ugly realities do exist, I also see so much goodness.  I believe that we all have the power to change the world and I want my books to be a reminder of that.  As Steve Jobs so beautifully stated, “Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.” 
When did you decide to become a writer?  I have always loved books and a few years ago I decided to write a book of advice for my daughters.  I wanted them to understand that we don’t always get to choose our circumstance or condition, but we do get to choose who we want to BE in the world.   I wanted them to always know that whoever they choose to "BE" in the world will come back to them; that everyone's life has challenges and being strong will help them persevere. I wanted them to understand the importance of being grateful for the life they have, to be inspired so that they can share their great passions with the world, and to realize that kindness and love are currencies more valuable than money. I wanted them to always know to be true to who they are and genuine about who that is in the world. And I wanted them to choose happiness, because it puts a special energy into the world that brings about even more joy as it spreads.  My greatest hope is to be able to inspire my daughters and others to “BE the change they wish to see.”
When writing/creating Be… A Coloring Journal Planner That Celebrates Living a Life of Purpose by Design did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   Creating this planner was a labor of love and inspiration for me.  I can’t think of one part of the process that was a challenge because it seemed truly effortless.  I love collaborating with Deborah Louise Brown, my co-creator, editor, and dear friend because we inspire one another, we both believe in the power of love and kindness and we both want to share our passions and experiences to help others live happy lives full of purpose and meaning.

Picking up the Pieces (Author Interview)

Picking up the Pieces looks like a great self-help guide.  Any plans to write additional books?
Yes, I’m glad that you mentioned that. God gave me this book title as a self-help guide to minister to people in 2017. I was sitting down putting a puzzle together and God spoke to me that he wanted to use this book as puzzle piece to help people to find healing, deliverance and renewal in their lives. I like to think of it as both a self-help book and as a religion book because its God bringing healing through the words on paper to others. There are so many people that have gone through pain in their relationships and have not fully understood the purpose of the people that they have connected with in the past. As I was writing the book, I also went through a healing process because I had experienced a lot of loss in my life and in my relationships. I do plan to write additional books as a sequel to Picking Up the Pieces in the future. The next book that I am currently working on is called, Accelerate. I have written three other books prior to Picking up the Pieces called, Hello My Name is Millennial, A More Simple Life, and The Majestical Land of Twinville.

What will readers get out of your book?    

My goal for this book is for readers to experience the true power of healing and deliverance in their walk with Jesus and to experience healing and deliverance in their relationships with others. I hope that when people read this book that they have a better understanding and meaning of why they have the relationships in their lives that they have and how to properly reach the connectors in their lives. I also pray that when people finish reading this book that they are changed. Its an interactive book so I hope that people do not see it as being just a book to read and add to their shelf but as one that you have to really sit down and write out what happened in your relationships and use the puzzle pieces to properly connect with the results.
What inspired you when writing Picking up the Pieces?    

God inspired me when I was writing Picking up the Pieces, he told me that it would touch a lot of lives and bring change to many people. He told me that even though this is a popular title it will not be as other self-help books, but it will be one that ministers to the hearts of people and evokes true change and deliverance in their lives.

How to Ace a Job Interview (Author Interview)

How to Ace a Job Interview looks like a great guide.  Any plans to release similar career related books?   

Yes, I plan to release several business books.  As a Business Professor, I see where the need is for our college students and plan to provide several more along those lines.

What will readers get out of your guide?    

Readers will learn the three types of interviews: face-to-face, telephone and video.  They will learn what to do before, during and after the interview.  They will also learn the 12 most common job interview questions and how to best answer them and 10 common job interview mistakes and how to avoid them.

What inspired you when writing How to Ace a Job Interview   

My college students inspired me to write this book.  They come with challenges and struggles they need extra help on and that has inspired me to write books or guides to help them along the way.

When did you decide to become a writer?

It has been something I have wanted to do for a while now. 

When writing How to Ace a Job Interview did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

How to make it a quick read so that I can provide a lot of information in a short amount of time.  I wanted it to be short, but impactful to the reader.

You're A Dog, Chase! (Author Interview)

“You’re a Dog, Chase!” looks like a great children’s book.  Any plans to release similar books or make it into a series?   
Yes. I have three Picture Book manuscripts for future publication. The next book will be release within the next 12-18 months.

What age group would you recommend for the book?  
The target age is 3-5 years 

What inspired you when writing “You’re a Dog, Chase!”   
I wanted to create a picture book that is humorous with a slightly moral concept hidden in the pages!

When did you decide to become a writer?

This manuscript was written 10 years ago. I have released two music CD and a Classic Soul and Motown trivia board game (Ron Robinson’s Can You Dig It!)One of the CD sold over 4,000 copies in Japan! I finally got around to pursue this project. This is the first time I got a chance to showcase my author’s skills.

When writing “You’re a Dog, Chase!” did anything stand out as particularly challenging?
Trying to get the dialogue to be entertaining while making the story engaging. 

How did you come up with the drawings and ideas in “You’re a Dog, Chase!”
The illustrations were created by Stan Jaskiel. I gave Stan a basic idea (one/two sentences) about the illustrations and he performed magic!

The narrative is engaging but the illustrations bring the story to life.

The Nigerian Brides Academy (Author Interview)

The Nigerian Brides Academy looks like a great guide for marriage.  Any plans to make this part of a series or release similar books?   
Yes, the book is actually a fore runner of a bootcamp “Finishing School For Brides” where brides can come in for two days and be transformed into virtuous women.  

The Nigerian Brides Academy – workbook when ready will be a Do-it yourself manual on how to make all round maximum impact in their marriage and relationships in 50days

What will readers get out of your guide?    
How to transform their marriage and relationships into a warm house, warm food and warm bed

What inspired you when writing The Nigerian Brides Academy   
A desire to see more ladies happily married. My husband and l have been involved with counselling and mentoring young adults especially marital counselling for over 10years.  We had discussed the possibility of starting a “Finishing School for Brides” as we perceived that there was a gap that needed to be filled.

l discussed the idea with some friends and the idea of writing the book “Nigerian Brides Academy” came up as a fore runner to a bootcamp for Brides and Brides to-be, so l wrote the framework and the topics to be covered in the book

When did you decide to become a writer?
 About 10 years ago but this is my first book on relationships and marriage

Conscious Drinker (Author Interview)

Janica Hall has been a bartender for over a decade. With a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, she has combined her love for writing, health, and making drinks. Hall’s healthy cocktails appear on menus in the Los Angeles area. She currently lives in Santa Monica with her husband and rambunctious dog, where she continues to sling drinks and teach others how to be a conscious drinker.

Conscious Drinker looks like a great health guide to alcohol.  Any plans to release similar books?   

I had so much fun writing this book. My husband and I got to taste many many cocktails! This will be a standalone title, but I have plans to continue to educate people online. Next week I’ll be launching a FREE five-day liver detox. Your liver is not only where you process alcohol but every other toxin you consume, like medications, fructose, plastics, and air pollutants. You can sign up to get the free meal plan and printable daily check-lists HERE!

What will readers get out of your guide?    

Conscious Drinker is all about alcohol education. You will learn what alcohol is, how it’s digested, how to avoid hangovers, and even care for your liver long term. I talk about what alcohol does to the body and how you can choose better ingredients for that perfect after-work drink. I also include 36 plant-based cocktail recipes, each specifically geared to increase micronutrients and decrease sugars and additives that are in so many traditional cocktails.

What inspired you when writing Conscious Drinker?    

As a bartender in a busy tourist location, I hear a lot of bar talk. People toss around misinformation about alcohol as if it were fact! For example, that whiskey is mostly sugar, which is absolutely false, or that tequila is the healthiest liquor choice, a statement with absolutely no science backing.

We live in a time with so much focus on personal health, but when it comes to alcohol, we’re all just guessing or making it up as we go along. I have found a lot of joy learning about alcohol, but the real inspiration comes from wanting to share what I’ve learned with others.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I don’t know if I ever really decided! I just started writing at a very young age. In first grade, I illustrated a story about bears going into a haunted house. My mom put the pages in ziplock bags and tied them all together so I had a little book that I had written myself. I’ve always been a writer. I went to school to study writing and to “become” a writer. I graduated knowing I was the next great American author….you know, like every other naïve 20-some. I’m not concerned with that now of course. I just really enjoy writing and telling stories!

In Her Mother's Shoes (Author Interview)

In Her Mother’s Shoes looks like a great erotica book.  Will this be part of a series? 

Thank you so much for the compliment. LoL, I really do not know. I didn’t initially think that it will continue into a series but there are many characters that have their own life story. So, possibly?!

What inspired you when writing In Her Mother’s Shoes?    
My inspiration for writing “In Her Mother’s Shoes” came from the relationships that I saw, read, and watched over the years. It is about a young lady who is empowered by the vocal voice and guidance of her mother; who play an important role in her life. Fathers are always looked as the focal point in their daughter’s lives but the mother play a vital role, as well. I wanted to create a book that portrays the obstacles that day to day women have to go through, while still reaching and achieving their goals.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I never really thought about being a writer. I just stumbled across it. I wanted to create books that I wouldn’t want to put down, that reflected my thoughts, my imagination, and the growth that I have found over the years. Writing is an expression; it became my avenue when I needed an escape from the world. Even if it was just for an hour. I found out immediately that I enjoy doing it.

When writing In Her Mother’s Shoes did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

Yes, everything. I didn’t want to incorporate my life story into this book and be selfish but I, also, wanted others to know exactly how hard it is to encourage, teach, and handle the things such as, mental health, while providing and leading a household. In my honest opinion it can get overwhelming and expectations from others can deter how we should really feel about ourselves. I, also, wanted to incorporate different lifestyles such as, the Mafia, and beautiful languages such as, Italian into this story. Writing in another language is definitely thought- provoking and difficult.

How did you come up with the story in In Her Mother’s Shoes?  

Great question, lol. I always to write about a relationship that can be so challenging but have the most genuine love. The love from a Mother is the most authentic love you can encounter. Mother’s play a variety of roles such as, guidance counselor, advisor, friend, caregiver, and etc…But they have countless of qualities such as, dependable, loyal, honest, goal oriented, hard worker, and the list goes on. I wanted to capture that those qualities, motives, and actions into two women allowing the audience to view both sides and walk in their shoes. I wanted people to envision and appreciate life around them. 

One Action (Author Interview)

One Action looks like a great book on gender inequality.  Any plans to release similar themed books?   

Yes, this book aims to encourage women towards their dreams and ambitions, and it talks about gender inequality in the country. There is no plan to release a similar themed book. In fact, I would prefer other women to take 'One Action' and write a book on gender inequality in India from their perspectives. No matter how much one tries, one book cannot cover all aspects of gender inequality in the country, we need more such book from more women.

What will readers get out of your book?    

Readers would understand various aspects of unspoken messages heard by women in India that eventually discourage them from dreaming big, being ambitious and working towards their goals. They would also learn about various tools women can use to shatter the gender barriers around them in low-risk ways and how they can come together in the form of Lean In Circle and make a change together. 

What inspired you when writing One Action?    

After getting through the 5th Semester of Master of Computer Science and being able to bag a good placement offer, I started reflecting on the last 2.5 years of my college life. How small decisions that I took made big differences in my life. How I was able to accomplish everything I dreamt about and even more. How my self-confidence grew tenfold, the people I met in the last years and how I started believing again in the goodness of the world. Having experienced the feelings of worthlessness and hatred for self for a very long period of my life and up till now, I understand how hopeless it can make one feel about life. Through all my efforts, my aim has always been to make sure that no woman ever feels the same way about herself. I dream of a world where men and women are treated equally. All women love themselves for exactly who they are and people are not judged based on their gender. This though inspired me to write the book 'One Action'

When did you decide to become a writer? 

I never took the decision to become a writer. I took the decision to write about what I learned being a part of the Lean In Community. My idea was never to "become an author" but to do whatever I can to spread the message. 

When writing One Action did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

It was emotionally very difficult for me to write about sensitive issues like female foeticide and dowry. The statistics in India are never good and always disheartened me. It was more difficult to write about Sexual Harassment in India. I remember when I started writing about the Nirbhaya case and started collecting stories of women, I was filled with tears and it difficult for me to gather the courage to gather more information about the same. 
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