the surface Kailah Carter is a loyal and trusted friend, hardworking financial consultant, and devoted daughter. At
least that's what her best friend, Mona Richards, always thought. That is until she discovers Kailah's been sleeping
with her man. Kailah believes Keith Terrence to be her Prince Charming. His smooth talk and fat bank account sweeps
Kailah off her designer heels, and she happily assumes the role of respective wife. But when Keith's illegal business
practices land him in prison, Kailah finds herself scrambling to save what's left of her career and family. Will those she
betrayed come to her aid now that the tables are turned?
When Mona meets Davis Simpson, she's
ready to abandon her somewhat promising career and life to have this man's babies. Problem is, Davis already has two
teenaged daughters, and his ex-wife is hell bent on reuniting her family. Is it worth leaving everything behind to take
a chance on love?
how lies, betrayal, and deceit from those closest can threaten our very own lives. First time author, LaTonya Y. Williams,
writes a true page-turner that weaves romance, laughter, and disaster into one emotionally charged drama.
Interview with LaTonya Williams
Author of "Mixed Messages"
SC: When did you decide you
wanted to write?
LW: In the summer or 1999, I began working on what would become my first published book.
It was only 10 pages of sloppy dialogue and a simple premise of a story.
SC: How many novels in all have
LW: Only one novel. I'm working on my second story soon to be released in December
SC: How long did it take you to write your first novel?
LW: It took me four years to
complete Mixed Messages. Having little confidence in my ability to write, I shelved the project many times believing
it to be no good.
SC: Tell us about "Mixed Messages", what is it about?
LW: Exactly about
what the title says: lies, deceit, and betrayal. Kailah Carter is ruthless, cold, and calculating. She will
do just about anything to earn her mark in the world. This includes sleeping with her best friend's man and sabatoging
a co-worker. Living the perfect suburban lifestyle, her world is turned upside down when her husband's illegal business practices
land him in prison. Kailah finds herself scrambling to save what's left of her career and family. Now, Kailah
has to reach out to those she's betrayed in the past to come to her aid for support.
SC: Where do you get
your inspiration for your stories? Are the characters based on real people?
LW: My stories are a complete
work of fiction. I want to write about what I know: women dealing with the harsh realities of life while trying
to balance faith, family, career, and friends. In Mixed Messages, I wanted to write about two women who made mistakes
we would consider unforgivable. Then demonstrate how a strong faith in God can help turn a situation around for good.
After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?? If so, how was that experience?
LW: No, I
didn't self-publish. After completing the manuscript, I was offered a book deal three months later.
What feedback have you received from fans?
LW: So far so good. I'm very proud of my 5-star ranking on
Amazon. I receive positive e-mails everyday from women telling me how much they enjoyed the book and encouraging
me to write more juicy novels.
SC: What authors do you admire? Did one of them inspire you?
I admire Kimberla Lawson Roby, Mary B. Morrison, Karen E. Quinones-Miller, and Zane. These talented women self-published
their first novels. They went on to land huge book deals with major publishers. I aspire to have that type of
SC: Is writing your only passion?
LW: My true passions are
being a wife and mother of my two sons. Writing comes next. The ability to work from home enables me to
do all three. I am truly blessed!
SC: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I want to become a bestselling author. My ultimate dream is to write for a television drama with leading Black
SC: What advice would you give aspiring authors?
LW: 1) Keep the faith!
It will get you through the goal of completing the manuscript and the rejection that soon follows. 2) Believe in
your work! If you don’t, how will you convince others? Find your own voice, style, and audience. 3)
Learn from the best by reading and writing every day! Always work to hone and perfect your craft. 4) Market, market,
market!!! Even before you have a completed manuscript, talk about it to every person you meet. It’s
good practice. If no one knows you wrote a book, then no one will buy it. Each sell is a tough sell. There’s
a lot of competition out there.
SC: What would you like readers to learn from your stories?
Although the women are tragically flawed, I want readers to connect to them by seeing a little bit of themselves in
these dynamic women. Most of all, I want women to realize no matter the situation, big or small, faith in God
will get you through it all.
SC: Are you working on another novel? What is it about?
I'm working on Missed Opportunities. It will be released in December 2005. It's about Tate Gibson, a man
who has no problem sharing himself with two completely different women: a professional co-worker and a ghetto fabulous
single mother. The conflict arises when Tate meets a young, beautiful college student he thinks he would like
to settle down with. He finds out she's a virgin and is left with the choice to pursue the relationship or keep his
two women who are willing to serve it up just the way he likes it.
SC: Where can people purchase
your books? Do you have a website?
LW: Mixed Messages is available in most bookstores and amazon.com.
If you don't see it on the shelf of your local bookstore, please ask the manager to order it. My website is: www.latonyawilliams.com.
===== LaTonya Y. Williams
Author of Mixed Messages Order your copy at www.amazon.com
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