Why did you choose to tell this story?
I wrote this story because it's not your average urban read, or even love story for that matter. It's about sisterhood and finding commonalities amongst people that may not look or talk like you, or have the same background. I wrote it because issues like loss, abandonment and rape are real , and they shape who we are as people. And what better setting than an HBCU, a place that's dedicated to educating Black Americans and is responsible for creating so many lifelong bonds. Overall, my hope for this story was to just make people laugh, cry and just FEEL. I hope all enjoyed!
Does writing energize you or exhaust you?
Writing never exhausts me but the speed in which I write honestly just depends on the day. Sometimes all I wanna do is write and can't seem to type the ideas fast enough. Other days I find myself rewriting the same 500 words over and over trying to perfect it.
Do your try to be more original or to deliver what readers want?
Truthfully, I just write about the things I'd want to read about. Not that I don't care what the readers want, because I do, but I just write whatever is in my head and heart at the time.
What other authors are you friends with and how do they help you become a better author?
My closest pen sisters are Genesis Woods, Shantae and Desiree. These ladies allow me to bounce ideas off of them and/or motivate me to stay on track. We've done word count challenges, group chats and phone calls. Their own unique writing styles and creativity inspires me. I so appreciate their support of me and this project.
Authors are sometimes influenced by other authors, what do you do to keep it true and original?
I think sometimes authors can be influenced by other author's work, even unintentionally because the best authors are actually readers. I was taught that by my English professors. Not sure it it's true or not. The only way to make myself original is to just tell MY story, MY way and that's what I do.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I think my quirk is brutal reality. Blending real life grit and darkness with love and romance. I try not to be a one-dimensional writer and I don't really care for trends. It keeps me free, open and at the same time - not everyone's cup of tea, which at this point in my career, I accept and love.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything what would it be?
I would tell my younger self that writing can be a job, stop worrying about finding one. I treated writing as a hobby for my personal survival, and I wish early on I would have harnessed that passion and focused on it solely.
What's your favorite unappreciated novel?
An Affair in Munthill is my favorite one and I definitely think not as known. But if anyone can read one book by me, I think that one would be my secret preference.
Where do you get your ides for your books?
I travel a lot. Conversations with people. Quotes on Pinterest.
Who is your favorite character that you've written about?
Nia Hudson - In Love With A Brooklyn Thug and Lauren Howar - Stranger in My Eyes is probably hands down my all time favorite.
Does your family read your books?
Yes! My grandma loves them, my sister too.
What inspired you to write this series?
What inspired me to write a love affair for eternity was the need for closure for one of my main characters from a prior series of mine.
What scene or scenes were the hardest for you to write?
The hardest scenes for me to write were anything related to domestic violence and the way I ended book 2 *i won’t spill too much for those who didn’t read yet*
Can you tell us what you're working on next?
Next up for me is finishing the A Love Affair for Eternity series and a full sized stand-alone with brand new characters.
Will we hear from the characters of this series again?
Once the series for Eternity is done the characters will be retired. They might be mentioned in future releases but they will not be in anymore books.
When will the FINALE be out?
The finale is... pending TBA
What inspired you to write this series?
I always wanted to be a singer. I wanted to be Beyonce before there was a Beyonce. Sadly, at the age of 12 reality hit and it turns out I can’t sing. One day I was driving in my car headed to work and Lately by Stevie Wonder comes on the radio. I’m singing my heart out and that’s when I got the epiphany to write a book about a girl striving to be a singer. Of course I had to add some twists, turns, and drama but ultimately that’s how the idea came to me.
What scene or scenes were the hardest for you to write?
Still Anonymous overall was the hardest book for me to write in the series. The character was in a really dark place and I had to somehow tap into that emotion. My boyfriend breaking up with me during that time helped (LOL) but overall it was a bit of a struggle because that character went through so many changes and emotions that I’ve never experienced before.
Can you tell us what you are working on next?
I finished a story about a woman who is in an abusive relationship. I will be releasing that in October during domestic violence month, and my first release for 2020 is still being worked on. I’m almost completed and hope to release it sometime at the end of March.
Will we hear from these characters again?
Unfortunately, no. I am done with those characters. They are currently living their best life in the fiction world. 😊
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Everything around me! Music, conversations, a lot of people watching. The news. This particular story was inspired by my own issues with a heart condition. It's not nearly as bad as within the story, but that was the inspiration behind it.
What book is currently on your bedside table?
I have three non-fiction books. Two are from Queen Afua and the toher is You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay!
Share something your readers wouldn't know about you.
I put a piece of myself into as many of my characters as I possibly can... even the weird things. Like being so afraid of a small dog one of my characters hopped onto a table in a park. I'm still super scared of dogs even though I have a small terrier.
What is your favorite book you've read as an adult?
Wow. This is tough. I would probably have to say Redemption Song by Dr. Bertice Berry.
What was your inspiration for writing this book?
I always wanted to write because I used to read! I was inspired to write books like books I enjoyed reading and one day at work I made a quick short story about my coworkers and after they all loved it it pushed me to go ahead and write a book. Lie-N-Together was actually a short story before it became a novel.
What morals or themes were you attempting to highlight in this series?
Getting a point across to women who seems to be oblivious to down low men. They swear they be knowing! A friend of mine’s wife said she can see it in the spirit lol and her husband “my friend” sitting in the car next to her and we looking at each other like she don’t know shit!
Without giving the story away, what can we expect in part 2?
Secrets, lies and more lies! Everybody has secrets! I shared a lot of Book 2 with Joseph Johnson IV earlier today!
I have a few faves... aside from my girls here, I loved E.Lynn, he was definitely an inspiration, Eric Jerome, Terry McMillan, Mary B. Morrison but definitely E.Lynn Harris for sure!
Favorite book ever?
Would it be too Cliche to say The Coldest Winter Ever?! I’m gonna say Invisible Life by E.Lynn Harris.
What made you start writing?
When I read Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree at the age 14. I had always had an active imagination, but as I read that book it was like a movie playing out in my head. At that point, I knew this was what I wanted to do-what I wanted to be.
What inspired the story?
I wanted to do something different. I have never read a book that centered around triplets, so I wanted to try my hand at it. It proved to be a good move.
What do you like or dislike about writing?
I love writing. I don't think I dislike anything about it. It has always been a therapeutic gateway from reality.
What challenges do you have about writing urban tales?
I think with me being an urban writer, I try to steer clear of my stories sounding too cliche or sounding the same as other urban authors who sit at the same table as me. It's highly likely for urban stories to sound simplistic to one another because we write in the same genre. Sot it's definitely a challenge trying to stay unique in the business.
When you look at the main characters, Ray, Dice and Justice, on the surface seem so different. Did anyone in your personal life influence the development of these characters?
Not specifically but I always pull from life experiences for emotion. I grew up with a lot of males around me - uncles, cousins, brothers, friends - and saw a lot. So for Ray's situation the most, I knew enough to make that authentic. I have family members who spent more time in prison than out; I pulled from those experiences to try to portray that accurately.
You have a pretty lengthy playlist for Seasons of Fidelity: End Game. Do you typically listen to music when you write?
I used to NOT at all. Loved silence. I wrote Too Devout to classical music. It changes. But End Game was so musical. A few books of mine are more musical than others - TLP and Munthill as well. I would hear songs and be like, oh Regina would play this. Or this should be on in this scene and I'd just add it. Some songs got cut with some scenes because it was just such a meaty book. So the answer is sometimes lol but I don't always play songs while writing. i just saw them as sound tracking scenes. Like if I was directing it. Which was how I always saw the series in my head - made for television.
What is your fondest memory of Tupac?
Our last telephone conversation when he said we were all to fly out to LA for Thanksgiving. He passed the following month. He sounded like anybody's brother who thought he had his whole life ahead of him. Like Thanksgiving was coming for sure.