Week of Love Feature Author Spotlight
I’m an award-winning poet, published author, photographer & artist from the west side of Chicago. I’m also an early childhood educator. Parent educator & will earn a master's degree in clinical psychology this fall.
Tell us about your featured book.
“Loving You Still” It's the summer of 1993 in the heart of Chicago. Two young souls are drawn together by something indescribable.
Vadeem, the hottest coach in the NBA, and Kess, a gifted sports psychologist, were just ten years old when their paths first crossed. Little did they know their love would be short-lived, not by choice, but by a grudge between their mothers.
For years, Vadeem and Kess were forbidden from seeing each other, forced to conceal their feelings and move on.
Then, by a twist of fate, Vadeem and Kess crossed paths again. The connection that had been buried for so long resurfaced like it never left. Unfortunately, the same family secret threatens to once again tear them apart. Will Vadeem and Kess find the strength to defy destiny and hold onto the love that has haunted them for a lifetime?
What made you want to become a romance author?
I write about the things I love & the things I long for, hence the reason why I’m an erotica & romance author; I love one & always wanted to have the other.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written 20 books & have published 18. My favorite book is “Loving You Still”. This book has characters that are relatable and familiar. Vadeem bitterness and anger from having his heart broken, Arien & Gibraun’s commitment phobia, Kess using her guilt as an excuse to allow Vadeem to be emotionally dysregulated with her, Nance & Devra’s beef trickling down to their children with no regard. We all have either been these people, or know folks like them in real life. Secondly, love prevailed. I’ve never had a happy ending in love, so it was nice creating a story with one.
How important is your title to your book?
It’s extremely important. The title fits the second romance trope and lets the reader know this is a story about a love that was lost but never died.
What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?
The plot. Compelling plots can hook a reader from cover to cover; that’s important to me. I look for the same thing as a reader. I want books that keep me engaged until the end.
If you could choose anyone to be the main character of your book, who would it be and why?
Trevante Rhodes to play Vadeem would be a dream!
What’s your favorite and least favorite part of publishing?
My favorite part of publishing is release day, it’s such a rush! My least favorite part of publishing is promoting.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
A few hours. I’m a full-time teacher & student, so it’s hard to put in more than 3 hours.
On a scale of 1 to 5, with one being let’s just talk on the phone romance to 5 being I will be calling in late for work because I am going to be tired in the morning, where does your book stand?
As the author, of course I’m going to say 5. I just pray that everyone who reads "Loving You Still" will feel the same.
What would you like to say to the readers?
If you’re a hopeless romantic who believes that true love never dies, then “Loving You Still” is the book for you. Get ready to cuss, gasp, roll your eyes, and fall in love all over again as you immerse yourself in this Chicago tale of love lost and found.
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