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Interview with Desiree

Desiree's books are some of the most talked about books in the urban literary world, and in a good way. There isn't a conversation about books on social media where her name or books aren't being mentioned. I'm compelled to believe that readers are fascinated with her quirky characters, myself included. I just dived in to the rabbit hole of Desiree's work and can not wait to read her entire catalog. We reached out to Desiree for an exclusive interview and she gladly obliged. Keep reading to see what she had to say.

1. What inspired you to start writing?

True story, I read a book one day that opened my world up beyond the middle school hallways and said to myself, I could write it better. A few stories later that same year, I learned that I can’t write for shit, but if I had the time to sit at a computer or write in my notebook, I could tell a pretty decent story.

2. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Most important elements would definitely be having the senses tapped into. I want you to smell, taste, touch, hate, love, cry and laugh while reading. The rest of the story and technicalities will work itself out.

3. What is the most difficult part about writing for you? 

Starting a new story is hard for me. Since I don’t outline, I have to pull from tiny snippets and trailers in my head to form the first chapters. It's like building a house. If you’re driving down a road and see a beautiful house for sale, I want you to stop and take a look...Maybe you won’t notice the paint is chipped, floors are cracked, or that weird stain on the carpet in the corner. You might just end up being sold on the possibility of what it would be like to live there. If my foundation and presentation when you first enter is perfect, I can work with the rest. So I apply the most pressure on the first few chapters in every story. Honestly, I hate it, wouldn’t recommend it.

4. How do you handle literary criticism? 

My professional answer, I always tell myself with each book I put out in a series, I will always lose readers along the way and pick up a few that are late to the party. My personal answer on dealing with criticism? I don’t really give a damn. Since I’m not writing for everyone and my writing isn’t for everybody, I tend to focus my energy on my characters, and those who love the way I tell their story. As long as it doesn’t get personal, I’ll be alright.

5. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?