Book It Author Spotlight: A.D.

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A.D. is a former elementary teacher born and raised in Chicago. Although she wrote short stories much of her childhood, she did not unlock and cultivate her passion as a writer until she became a writing teacher for middle school students. The more she had to create sample writings for her students, the more she realized her passion and ability to tell stories in the written form. She decided to hone her craft as a writer by completing her Masters of Creative Writing via National University. She now pursues writing books most of her time, in addition to being a flight attendant and substitute teacher.

Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

A.D. A1: My writing process has several layers to it. I get an idea for a book via a lengthy summary/synopsis for it, but I can never get started on it then because I always have so many other books I feel should be written first. When I do finally get to a book idea summary, I can generally go line by line to create an outline from it. My outlines are just pretty much what will and needs to occur in each chapter in order to fill the plot, mature the characters, and convey the theme of the book. I also add more details at this point. I didn’t do in-depth character profiles for my first five books, but now I do. So I complete the character profiles as needed up to the point and then I start writing. I challenge myself to write a chapter a day when my life permits, if not, then I generally complete a chapter every three days. I always have my ending in mind when I start writing as well. I don’t have to be in a zone to write. My life affords me countless opportunities to stay in a writing zone.  I know writing is a habit so I try to do some type of writing daily. I’m never without anything to say.

Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

A.D. A2: Fulfilled. I feel like I’m doing one of the main things I was born to do when I write. Writing satisfies me in a way much else doesn’t.

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write? 

A.D. A3: Lately, I love to read romance novels. However, with the first few books I published, the characters didn’t experience their happily ever afters in their particular books. It wasn’t until later on in their series that things worked out for the best for them. I guess my favorite kind of story I like to write is one where the character’s joyous end doesn’t get summed up by chapter twenty-three, but rather the understanding that things happen in seasons and the season I may present in the book may not have been the best season for the character(s).

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

A.D. A4: This is a tough question because I always say it’s the one I’m currently working on because I see my growth in it as a writer from the last one. But, if I have to choose one, I’ll say “It’s Complicated: Forever Friends 2”.  I just love all of the characters in it and their stories, especially the budding love between Melanie and Aaron.

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?
A.D. A5: Readers can contact me via email at theauthorad@gmail.com, Anita Davis on facebook, or via my website www.theauthorad.com

Book It Author Spotlight: Ty Waller

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I’m Ty Waller, a Chicago native and admirer of great love stories and richly written novels. I’ve been a creative writer since the age of 7. As a writer, I always see the words in motion. Wrote my first novel, MY JOURNEY TO LIFE, in 2005 but took me 9 years to publish it. My second novel, THE UNCERTAIN JOURNEY OF LOVE & MARRIAGE, was released in 2015. I have a vision to see all of my novels adapted into screenplays.

Book Euphoria Q1:  What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

Ty Waller A1: I don’t particularly have a writing process. My ideas for my novels or pieces I write in my magazine come from thoughts that I have on a topic and I want to talk about it. I write as I go and see what comes out of it.

Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

Ty Waller A2: Warm – LOL the reason for this word is because I enjoy being able to tell a story. I think about the potential reader and that one reader that is going to resonate with the story line and gain something out of it. I know my words won’t be beautiful to everyone, but as long as they’re beautiful to at least one reader, I’m happy about it.

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write? 

Ty Waller A3: I don’t necessarily feel that I have a particular hook I like to write. Most of the time I’m writing and let the characters take me where they want to go.

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

Ty Waller A4: There’s no way I can choose between my babies.

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?

Ty Waller A5: They can contact me on social media or email me at tywaller@youngdreamsbig.com

Book It Author Spotlight: Angela Seals

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Angela Seals (Angel de’Amor) is a Chicago native and pens contemporary fiction.  She’s the bestselling author of His Betrayal Her Lies, Love at Center Court and Kept Secrets. Angela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is currently working on her Master’s in accounting. She is the co-founder of Book Euphoria and a member of Sigma Alpha Pi.  Angela has been a pillar to a few author groups in empowering and uplifting authors.  She is hard at work on Unconventional Love the third installment to her Secret, Love & Betrayal series.

 

Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

Angela Seals A1: I don’t necessarily have a writing technique. I usually listen to Spotify and like many other authors, I pour myself a glass of tasty wine.  Typically, before I start writing a story, I have already dreamed about it or bounced my ideas around with my critique partner. The hardest thing for me is finding time to write.

Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

Angela Seals A2: Inspired! Writing taps into another side of my personality. I know that may sound crazy, but honestly, it’s so inspiring to write about this world where there are no rules or guidelines. I’m the boss and my creativity gets a platform to shine.

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write? 

Angela Seals A3: Well this is an interesting question! Angel de’ Amor loves to write about forbidden love affairs, edgy, sexy and ruthless stories. Angela Seals writes mostly compassionate romance stories. Girl hate boy, boy is a playboy and they struggle to find their connection. Eventually, a string of events leads them to falling in love. Yep, I’m a sap for happily ever after stories.

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

Angela Seals A4: My favorite book that I have written thus far is His Betrayal Her Lies. That book sparked the Secret, Love & Betrayal series. I poured so much emotion and passion into that book that it hit #1 on Amazon best-seller list. It was my very first book written and my best work to this day. Although, my High Class Society novella’s are running a close second, in addition to my favorite men the Blacksteine Brothers.

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?

Angela Seals A5: Readers can contact me on my Website: www.angelaseals.com, facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angie.sealswhitaker, Instragram: @sealsangie

Book It Author Spotlight: Sherelle Green

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Sherelle Green is a Chicago native with a dynamic imagination and a passion for reading and writing. She enjoys composing emotionally driven stories that are steamy, edgy, and touch on real life issues. Her overall goal is to create relatable and fierce heroines who have true to life imperfections just like the strong and sexy heroes who fight so hard to win their hearts. There is no such thing as a perfect person… but when you find that person who is perfect for you, the possibilities are endless. Nothing satisfies her more than writing stories filled with compelling love affairs, multifaceted characters, and intriguing relationships.

Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

Sherelle Green A1: My process typically starts off with a concise idea of what my book or series will be about and the overall message I want to send to readers. Often times, I’m inspired by my surroundings, so I’m constantly jotting down notes or doing voice memos. Afterward, I create an outline of that idea or plot, followed by a detailed character sheet.

Since I’m usually on deadline, I prioritize which idea I need to tackle at that particular time, however, if I get inspired by an idea I plated, I’ll pick it up to streamline the plot. I’m also a fan of visual charts and timelines for my connecting stories or series. Once I get started on a book, I’m a coffee and music kind of girl. My Keurig stays in constant use and I break out my many playlists that target different moods. Setting is everything. If I’m working on a holiday story, I’ll break out holiday movies or go to a holiday festival if it’s around that time of year. My travels also inspire my writing, so my process may alter if I’m writing in a different location.

Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

Sherelle Green A2: Observant. It’s not the prettiest word. Not the most powerful word. Not even a creative word when it first rolls off your tongue. However, it represents exactly how I feel when I write. I’ve always been an observant person and penning novels has only made my keen eye more aware. Every person I meet or situation I experience has the possibility of evolving into a great plot. For me, the beauty in writing is in the feelings that I can evoke in a reader when they read my stories. To do that, I must always be aware, attentive, and willing to step outside the box to view life through a different set of eyes.

However, true to my characters, I have my imperfections as well. In the midst of being observant and allowing that to drive my creative world, I’m still trying to learn how to put the pen down, turn off the video memo, and live in the moment. When the world around you is so inspiring, it can be just as important to stop and remind yourself to enjoy it.

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write?

Sherelle Green A3: Lately, my favorite kind of character type is the eccentric, quirky heroine and the bad boy hero! Those characters are fun to write about because they bring passion and comedy all wrapped together. I’m also a fan of big secrets whether they be family secrets, past relationship secrets, or secrets that only pertain to a particular character.

I love writing about strong, independent women who are as successful and strong as they are flawed. No one is perfect, so it’s a character’s imperfections that I usually enjoy writing about. Sometimes, what meets the eye is not always rightly understood and you may judge someone based off your own prejudices only to realize that everything isn’t always what it seems. This also proves to be true with the heroes I write. Whether they be the do-gooder, wounded, damaged, or the ultimate playboy, I love writing about a strong-willed hero being brought to his knees by the love of a fierce heroine.

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

Sherelle Green A4: Although I’m proud of all the books I’ve written, Falling for Autumn (Bare Sophistication Series), is probably my favorite. When I was developing the concept of Falling for Autumn, I really wanted to create characters who were flawed and still overcoming circumstances from their pasts. Because of this, Autumn and Ajay’s connection is intense and all-consuming as they began to open up to one another.

Autumn is an realist who lives by stats rather than idealism. She doesn’t hide the fact that she’s different than others. My motto throughout the entire time I was writing this book was EMBRACE YOUR AWKWARD! It only seemed fitting that Autumn meet a rugged, charismatic man like Ajay. They are the ultimate opposites attract duo and prove that even the most different of people can find common ground.

Sometimes, the best way to overcome adversity is to confide in the one person who may understand you more than anyone else. It may not be that you’re hard to read. Instead, the issue could be that no one ever took the time to read between the lines.

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?

Sherelle Green A5: 

I love hearing from literary enthusiasts! Feel free to connect with me via any of the following methods:

Twitter/Instagram: @sherellegreen
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RomanceAuthorSherelleGreen
Website: www.sherellegreen.com
Email: authorsherellegreen@gmail.com

Book It Author Spotlight: Victoria Saunders Townsend

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Victoria Stephanie Saunders Townsend was born and raised here in Detroit. She is a woman of God. She has been married for 29 years and has two children and one grandchild. She loves to read everything. Because of her love for reading, she and a neighbor started a book club in 2003, named “Just Us Girls” and now she is a published author of her first Romance/Drama “A Pleasure Doing Business”. This is the first novel out of five.

 

Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

Victoria Townsend A1: I just start writing. I’ll do a chapter then go back and review it. I don’t have a routine but I do have to be in a zone.

 

BookEuphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

Victoria Townsend A2: Great!. I feel that I’ve done something.

 

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write?

Victoria Townsend A3: Romance, drama. It depends on my mood.

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

Victoria Townsend A4: My first book “A Pleasure Doing Business”

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?

Victoria Townsend A5: Readers can reach me at www.VTButterflybooks.com or email me at victoriatownsend299@gmail.com

Book It Author Spotlight: Jay Hart

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Jay Hart is a musical artist, an activist and author of the new erotic narrative Mistake Number 11. Hart’s editorial début is accompanied by a sound track that features a yield of recordings that are curated to complement specific chapters of the book. He has written and spoken on a wide range ofsocioeconomic topics ranging from the ethos of relationships and dynamics of friendships to family rhetoric and the suspense of romance. Hart launched his career in entertainment at 20th Century Fox where he specialized in media production and strategic
communications. That experience led to a strong desire to develop and, launch a traveling, spoken word platform
to convene the sexes and talk about topics like: a women’s sentiment, a man’s roles, spirituality, education/salary attainment,
financial responsibilities and internal/
external appearance. Hart is passionate about family, dedicated to community
engagement and, intrigued with
literacy, socioeconomics and music.

Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

Jay Hart A1: My writing process for Mistake Number 11 was actually kind of awkward. The chapters started as stories of my relationships that I wrote about on Facebook. Then they began to get popular and that’s how I got my publishing deal.

That’s when Mistake Number 11 became real to me. I would play Love Jones on a very low volume, crack open a bottle of red wine, play Jhene Aiko on Spotify, and sit by the window on my black, leather sectional with my laptop and get to it!
I’d leave the lights off in the living room and work by the distant light from the kitchen and somehow, someway, that created the atomosphere that sprouted my creativity. And whenever that became too routine, I’d go write near a body of water.

Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

Jay Hart A2: Peaceful. When I write, I feel so in control. In control of my efforts, in control of my thoughts, in control of my destiny, and in control of my creativity. And being in control makes me peaceful.

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write? Ex: friends to lovers

Jay Hart A3: I like to write stories that are complex and impartial with not even a hint of a bias. I love truth and transparency. That’s what you get when you crack open Mistake Number 11.

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

Jay Hart A4: I’m currently writing my second book so Mistake Number 11 is my only work in publication.

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?

Jay Hart A5: I can be reached at igothartmusic@gmail.com, on Instagram at @bigdealjfk or on Facebook at https://facebook.com/jay.hart.31392

Book It Author Spotlight: Aja The Writer

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Aja is the writer of sensually erotic women’s fiction. Her stories allow readers to experience realistic, inspiring and soulful interactions between her characters and intense passion between couples overcoming life’s challenges. With two published series of books already, including the Unexpected series penned with Roy Glenn and Love Stages with Angelia Vernon Menchan, she is currently working on Love’s Required.

 

Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

Aja The Writer A1: My writing process begins before I sit down to write. I spend my early morning as I get ready for my day, thinking about my characters in my next scene. I want to see them move around and hear them speak before I sit down to write. I’ve already reviewed the next chapter I’m writing so once I sit down, I know what and how I’m going to write it. I usually play music as I write.

Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

Aja The Writer A2: Excited. These people or this story is something I really want others to know about. I’m excited to share it and I know I can’t do that until I finish writing it.

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write? Ex: friends to lovers

Aja The Writer A3: Nah. I write what comes to me, how it comes. So maybe you can say, I enjoy complex or complicated situations. Those seem to be the ones we all end up in at some point.

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

Aja The Writer A4: This question is so unfair! Hmmmm. It’s a toss-up between I Am Yours and Be With Me.

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?

Aja The Writer A5: Readers can connect with Aja The Writer on facebook, or reach out on my website- ajathewriter.com.

Book It Author Spotlight: Samaiyah Muhammad- Wright

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Samaiyah Muhammad Wright is the founder and Director of Creativity in Motion. Born and raised on Chicago’s Southside. She is an accomplished poet and writer of Children’s books.
She has studied Psychology and Child Development. She also has a passion for the arts and reading. She has hosted many successful workshops for the youth in the Chatham and Englewood community. She is most inspired by love. Her greatest strengths are her ability to love and encourage others,
create hope, and positive energy.  She also has the ability to recognize potential and value in every person.

Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

Samaiyah Muhammad-Wright A1: My writing process stems by reflecting on my childhood.  I love to get in a zone and think about how childhood was fun and simple. I grew up in the era where watching cartoons was a favorite pastime for many children, and being able to stay outside until the streetlights came on.  I liked to chew bubble gum and laugh. I like to write books where children can escape, and experience a new, fun, and imaginative journey.

Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

Samaiyah Muhammad-Wright A2: Imagination describes my writing style to the very point.  I like to write things such as: taking my characters to the moon and other places in space; going a fairy tale route and having a young boy on a red dragon to rescue the princess, and, even, having a young girl as a superhero, rocking dreadlocks. I can do that with the stroke of my pen. I love to imagine the so-called, “impossible.”

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write? 

Samaiyah Muhammad-Wright A3: My favorite kind of story to write is simply any kind of book for children. I like wild adventures, to be silly, and, have awesome characters that have a story line. I like to put myself in the frame of a child when I write. I ask myself, “What do little Black kids dream of? What do we like? What did I like to imagine and think about as a child?”  That is how I am able to create my characters. 

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

Samaiyah Muhammad-Wright A4: My favorite book that I wrote is, Amenia’s Pink Polka Dotted Rain Boots. It teaches young kids about patience, and not being able to always get what they want when they want it.  This character has Afro Puffs and brown skin.  It’s a reflection of a positive image that children, but mostly young Black girls, can look up to with the hair and color of the skin. Sometimes it is refreshing as a child to be able to look at a character in a book and know they look just like you!  I also think it is a good story.

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?

Samaiyah Muhammad-Wright A5:

People can contact me at  poeticwoman79@gmail.com  or Facebook: Pink Lemonade Children Books. 

Book It Author Spotlight: Elle Wright

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Born and raised in Southeast Michigan near Ann Arbor, Elle learned the importance of reading from her mother. It was also her mother who, later on in her life, gave Elle her first romance novel: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. From that moment on, Elle became a fan of Ms. Jenkins for life and a lover of all things romance. An old journal she wrote back in college became her first book (which she still wants to publish one day).

Book Euphoria took the time to get the Inside Scoop on Nigeria Lockley. Read below to check out the interview…

Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

Elle Wright A1: The first thing I do when I write is set up my book playlist. That is, I make my own soundtrack for each book I write. I use that soundtrack while I’m writing or plotting. I have to listen to music or something in the background. Quiet stifles my creativity. I also need something very cold to drink and a snack sitting next to me. Sometimes it’s popsicles, other times it popcorn.

I spend a lot of time plotting before I actually sit down to write. I plot in the car on my way to and from work, I record my thoughts as well so that I can come back to them later. Once I’m ready to sit down to write, the words tend to flow.

Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

Elle Wright A2: Peace. Although my life is busy, I feel a sense of peace when I’m writing. It’s therapeutic for me to create a story around characters I’ve created. I love the process, even when it’s hard because I know I’ll look back and think “WOW, I did that.”

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write? 

Elle Wright A3:  My favorite trope is Friends to Lovers. I love the idea of two friends who make the move become more. I married my best friend. We met in High School, became really good friends. It wasn’t until I graduated from college that I realized I couldn’t live without him. We’ve been on this journey together for over seventeen years. He inspires me to write stories about friends who decide to make the jump.

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

Elle Wright A4: If I have to choose (LOL), I would say my favorite book is The Forbidden Man. The story came about when a friend asked the simple question, “What would happen if a woman was torn between two brothers?” From there, it became my goal to write a book where the reader would sympathize and even root for the forbidden relationship. And it’s absolutely amazing that Sydney and Morgan have fans.

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?

Elle Wright A5: 

Website: http://www.ellewright.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElleWrightAuthor

Twitter: @LWrightAuthor

Instagram: @lrwright09

 

 

Book It Author Spotlight: Nigeria Lockley

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Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters. Join her online at www.NigeriaLockley.com

Book Euphoria took the time to get the Inside Scoop on Nigeria Lockley. Read below to check out the interview…
Book Euphoria Q1: What is your writing process? Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write?

Nigeria Lockley A1: Do you have a routine or must be in a zone before you write? My writing process is all over the place. I do whatever the story demands. I am not a plotter, although I’ve attempted to plot my next two releases. Now ask me have I looked at the plan since I wrote it. Nope. I don’t have to be in a particular zone. I just have to sit down.

Book Euphoria Q2: What’s one word that describes the feeling you have when you write? Why that word?

Nigeria Lockley A2: Excited. Since I don’t really plan or map the story out I’m always excited to see how things unfold.

Book Euphoria Q3: Do you have a favorite kind of story or hook you like to write?

Nigeria Lockley A3: It’s not my favorite, but I always seem to be writing about a woman who is striving to pursue her passion. It isn’t always in a Godly fashion, but she’s always striving.

Book Euphoria Q4: What’s your favorite book that you’ve written so far?

Nigeria Lockley A4: So, far my favorite book is Seasoned with Grace. I absolutely love that story line and the characters journey in that book.

Book Euphoria Q5: How can readers contact you?

Nigeria Lockley A5: Readers can find me online at www.nigerialockley.com and on social media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorNigeriaLockley; Instagram: wwww.instagram.com/NewNigeria; Twitter: www.twitter.com/NewNigeria

If you’re in Chicago on Saturday, March 25th, stop by Book It at the Fulton Street Collective to meet and greet Nigeria and learn even more about her and her awesome works of fiction.