What was the inspiration for Chocolicious?
You wouldn’t believe how I came up with this novel, but I was craving for a rich-filled, three-layered chocolate cupcake one afternoon when a vision of a woman in distress entered my mind. I soon became wrapped up in this woman’s chaotic world that I knew chocolate needed to play a significant role in my novel.
What character do you relate most with and why?
I can relate most to my heroine, Blair since once upon a time, I too was a single-mom. Being a mother and father to your child requires a lot of strength. I faced a lot of obstacles but never once did I fall into the self-pity attitude. Like Blair, my only goal was to provide for my child and give him the best future. What all single mothers yearn for is hope, and I’d like them to believe that there is a rainbow after the storm. I wouldn’t be who I am today without going through my experience as a single mom, and the best part is that I survived and never gave up hope.
Is there a recipe for the triple chocolate cupcakes?
Everybody keeps asking me for the recipe but to be honest with you, I don’t even bake. LOL! I have a sweet tooth and you got me sold if it’s chocolate.
What do you want readers to take way from your books?
I chose to write contemporary Women’s fiction because I believe that every woman has a story to tell. Our life is composed of relationships, and although my books are fiction, I always infuse meaningful themes that my readers can relate to. For Chocolicious, the theme was about love, loss and a mother’s sacrifice The story also centered around the importance of family,hope and redemption. Love Letters was about second chances and risking your heart to marry your true love. My characters are realistic and I hope my readers can associate with them. Overall, I want my readers to feel good after reading my books. I hope they learn powerful lessons that they can apply in their own life.
Please describe your journey to publishing your first book.
I had 15 agents request for the full manuscript of my first book, Love Letters. Some required changes, but in the end nothing materialized. I decided to go through a mid-size and I have no regrets. With the publishing revolution, and with all the bookstores closing, I don’t think it really matters anymore on how you want to publish your book. The best advice I can give to aspiring writers is to make sure you’re book is fully edited before you release it. You’re building a brand as an author and the last thing you need, is to produce a book with no quality.
How have you used social media networks to help promote your books or yourself as an author?
Definitely! I’m very active on both Facebook and Twitter. As an author, I believe that you shouldn’t only promote your books, but offer your followers something they can learn from. I make sure to post links to blogs I’ve read, and I also have a blog that talks about writing, editing, publishing, promoting and reading. I also connect and interact with other writers and people from the publishing community. Everybody seems to be networking online now.
What is your favorite social media network and why?
I love both Facebook and Twitter because of the ability to network with a lot of people. Both this sites have created buzz for my books and have also connected me with a lot of authors and readers who have become my good friends. As authors, we spend too much time on the computer and reaching out to others is what unites us.
What advice do you have for other authors who hope to publish their first work?
Writing the book is only the icing on the cake. Authors need to understand the business of publishing and that promoting your book is a full-time job. With 1500 books published a day, what will make your book stand out from the rest? If you don’t believe in your work, who else will? Aspiring authors need to promote their book even before the book is out and this includes blogging, tweeting or Facebooking. I would also recommend that they attend writer’s events or be a member of a writers club so they can network with authors and readers. Treat your writing as a business, and have a vision on where you’re going. You’re not only selling your book—you’re selling yourself as an author. If you master the art of building your brand and being an Authorpreneur, then you will go places.
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Chocolicious is 99¢ for Kindle. (Rated 4.6 stars out of 5)
A week after Blair Nightingale’s husband, Larry, dies, she learns she’s about to lose everything she owns due to a foolish mistake Larry made. In an instant, Blair’s life is transformed from rich, Silicon Valley trophy wife to poor, widowed single mom. Her only goal now is to provide for her daughter. As Blair begins to pick up the pieces, George—Larry’s best friend and the man she truly resents—seems to always be around. When Blair is overwhelmed by all the challenges she faces, she seeks comfort in baking rich, filled, three-layered chocolate cupcakes that her grandmother once taught her, and soon Blair’s life is changed forever.
Bridal shop manager Chloe Rogers will soon marry Richard Foster—so she thinks—until suddenly, she bumps into her childhood sweetheart, Josh Goldman, whom she hasn’t seen in thirteen years. The sparks between Chloe and Josh fly, but Richard provides safety, financial security. Should she follow her heart or her head? The answer comes in a surprise twist. While cleaning her attic, she stumbles upon love letters written to her estranged mother forty years ago from a man she loved. When Chloe secretly brings them together again and sees how much time they’ve lost, she is challenged not to make the same mistake her mother made. Will Chloe opt for security or will she risk her heart and marry her true love?
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