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LaJill Hunt

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LaJill Hunt
Author of "Drama Queen" and "No More Drama"

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Synopsis
In Drama Queen we met Kayla Hopkins, a woman who just couldn't win for losing. Now, in No More Drama we revisit Kayla's good friend Terrell Sims. He has just turned his life around, got a new job and the girl of his dreams. But when a problem he thought he had taken care of comes back to haunt him, he might just lose everything he has worked so hard to gain...Terrell's brother is a recently reformed player who has also recently met "the one", but when he learns that she has just as many notches on her bedpost as he does, can he really trust her with his heart? More importantly, can she trust him with hers? All the answers lie within the hilarious pages of No More Drama

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Interview with LaJill Hunt
 
 
SC: When did you decide you wanted to write?

LH:  About two years ago, I was stressed at work and my supervisor suggested
that I take my negative energy and do something positive with it. She
gave me a pen and a pad and told me to write the next great American
novel.

SC: How many novels in all have you written?

LH: I've written 3 novels, Drama Queen, No More Drama and the third has yet
to be titled. I've also contributed to two anthologies: A Dollar and a
Dream and Around the Way Girls.

SC:  How long did it take you to write your first novel?

LH: About thirty days

SC: Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?

LH: My friends and co-workers

SC: What made you decide to write a story like Drama Queen??

LH:  A girlfriend of mine told me about the greatest Valentine's date of her
life right before my supervisor suggested I write a book. I decided to
write about her date and the story took off from there.

SC:  Are the characters based on real people?

LH:  Most definitely...

SC:  After writing your first novel, did you self-publish??
 
LH:  No, fortunately,
God blessed me immediately with a contract.

SC:  What made you decide to write a sequel to Drama Queen (No More Drama)?

LH:  My editor, along with Carl Weber suggested it.

SC: In Around the Way Girls, you wrote the story "Southern Comfort", do you
plan to expand that story into a novel or was it just for that
anthology?

LH: People have suggested that I expand it because they love the characters
in it.

SC: In A Dollar and a Dream, you wrote "Easy Street" along with Carl Weber,
what was that like?

LH:  I had a ball writing with him. He is such a comedian and our writing
styles are simliar which made it easy to do.

SC: Do you plan to write any more stories with him?

LH:  People have asked us to collaborate and write Baby Daddy Drama,
lol...but we've been talking about doing another project together.

SC:  What feedback have you received from fans?

LH: A lot of people tell me that they like the book because they feel like
they know the people I write about.

SC:  What authors do you admire?

LH:  I admire Carl Weber, Zane and Dwayne S. Joseph. Carl and Zane I admire
because not only are they awesome writers, but they take it to a whole
new level with their business talents. They also give great advice and
are approachable. Dwayne has become one of my best friends and he is so
true to his craft and determined.

SC: Did one of them inspire you?

LH:  Carl did. I enjoyed the comedy he used in his writing and wanted to use
that in mine.

SC: Is writing your only passion?

LH: No, my daughters are my passion also.

SC: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

LH: Hopefully, as a successful author with a list of best-sellers behind
her name. I also have some other aspirations that I hope to achieved by
then.

SC:What advice would you give aspiring authors?

LH:Be persistent and commit to writing something every day.

SC: What would you like readers to learn from your stories?

LH: I would like to give them the opportunity to leave their own drama and
get caught up in someone else's drama for a change. All with a sense of
comic relief.

SC: Are you working on another novel? What is it about?

LH: The next novel I'm working on is about a woman who was involved with a
guy for 7 years and then finds out he's not at all the man she thought
he was. So it's about Drama, of course, lol.

SC:  Where can people purchase your books?

LH:  At any African American book store or major book chain store

SC: Do you have a website?

LH: Yes, www.lajillhunt.com
 

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