Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Author Profile & Giveaway: Kris LaShay

Kris LaShay 

Tell us about yourself. 
    I am a 39 year old mother of three. I am a full-time personal banker and an author. I have loved to create stories for as long as I can remember. I was a reader first and my love for writing stemmed from my love of books. I became a published author in 2020 and currently have 8 books under my belt. As a woman from a small little town in Virginia I am extremely proud to be able to say I am a published author. In the little bit of spare time I do have I love to read, shop, and spend time with my family. 

Tell us about your featured book.  
    Secrets We Keep is my most recent release under AJ Presents. It’s one of my favorite books to date. The main male character, King, is first introduced in my Christmas book, ‘Tis The Season For a Boss but you don’t have to read the books in order. King and Kinleigh stole my heart from the time I started writing them and still have it. King Joseph comes from a wealthy family while Kinleigh comes from the other side of the tracks. One eventful night leads to life altering changes and secrets are exposed!!! 

Have you always wanted to be a writer? 
    Yes I have. I’ve been writing for a very long time and it was a dream of mine to one day be a published author and here we are. 

What comes first, the plot or characters? 
    Most of the time the plot comes first. 

Tell us about your first published book. What was the journey like? 
    My first published book is Notorious. It actually came about from a story I created one night when I was working as a correctional officer. I hand wrote the story while working on nightshift in segregation. It wasn’t even my initial submission to the publishing company I first signed to. I ended up with writers block with my submission story so I went back to that particular story. It didn’t have a title or anything. I went back to it, updated it to fit the time and Notorious was produced. I was scared as I don’t know what when my publisher gave me my release date. It was an amazing journey, but it’s so hard to turn something you hold dear to you over for the world to see. 

What book is currently on your bedside table? 
    I don’t have any books by my bedside table. I read from the Kindle App and. There are so many books in the queue I don’t know where to start. 

Do you believe that an author should be a reader? Please explain your reasoning
    I don’t see anything wrong with it if you have a balance. Reading has always been an escape for me but I won’t read if I am deep into writing a book. I don’t want to get so wrapped in reading that I put my own work to the side.  

Favorite book/story you have read as an adult? 
    My all-time favorite book is Little Ghetto Girl by Danielle Santiago and Demon’s Dream by Elle Kayson is my most recent favorite. 

What was your dream job when you were younger? 
    I always thought I would become a pediatrician when I was a kid. 

What would you like to say to your readers?  
    Thank you so much for all of your support. It means so much to have people believe in you and what you do. To know that I have taken a hiatus due to life and people still read my work, share my work, look forward to my work, etc. means everything to me.  

Follow Author Kris LaShay on social media: 
Facebook- Shannon Jones
Facebook Author Page- Kris LaShay
Instagram- writingwithkris_ 
Amazon Author Page- Kris LaShay

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