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Q&A with Tangelika Bolen

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Meet Up and Coming Author, Tangelika V. Bolen, Author of the Debut Novel "Destiny"

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Sometimes our destiny takes us farther than we could ever imagine in order to get us where we're meant to be. "Destiny" tells the tale about a young girl named Teresa Tucker who dreams of getting married, yet she's caught up in a non-committing relationship. She and Delvin, her so call boyfriend, continues to cheat and play games with each other's heart. Feeling undeserving to be loved—her life takes a plunge for disaster once she allows herself to get caught up in the world of exotic dancing. Borderline alcoholic she drinks in order to cope with her new job.

Running from pillow to post, Teresa mingles and makes new friends, who fall out of her life tragically one by one. After witnessing the ending of a murder scene, Teresa flees to her mothers for safety and comfort. She discovers that someone has placed a terrible spell on her life, and is walking around with her name in their shoes. She relies on the advice and protection of a Voodoo priestess who also tells her she's getting married soon.

Q&A with Tangelika V. Bolen, Author of the debut novel "Destiny" 
 
 
 
Q: When did you decide you wanted to write?
 
A:  Actually I was given a pencil an a pad and told to get to work.  At that time I was more interested in helping others critic their works, however my best friend saw I could be very creative and pushed me until I actually started writing.
 
Q:  How long did it take you to write your first novel?
 
A:  Due to the fact I had to take breaks from writing to rehearse and learn lines for stage plays, I would say eleven months, I set a goal to finish my novel in twelve months and  I am proud even with all the interruptions and breaks from writing I still beat  my goal by two months.  It makes me wonder how long it would have taken,  had I not had other endeavors.
 
Q:  Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?
 
A:  To tell you the truth , it stemmed from a childhood story about myself .  I was the little girl dancing in front of the mirror in the nude cover in blood after opening a dresser drawer.   In the book that incident caused her trauma at an early age.  I thought I 'd take that one incident and create a little girl that's all grown living an exotic lifestyle filled with problems while showing the life of an exotic dancer as no easy task.  I tried my best to make the behind-the-scene drama as real as possible.  
 
Q: Would you tell us a little about "Destiny"?
 
A:  Destiny is about a little girl name Teresa Tucker who doesn't want much in life except to become a wife.    She wants nothing more than to find her knight in shining armor, but instead settles for the cheating game with her boyfriend Delvin who rushes to her every beckon call .  Even though he 's dishonest with herthey find a way to be together.   With the constant deception she experiences from Delvin, her innocence fades, she meets and hangs out with the wrong people and decides to become an exotic dancer. Fighting her own convictions she also worries about the fear of losing her own life after she witnesses the tail end of a murder scene.   Teresa then runs to her mother's for safety which   leads her to an all new experience in her life .  She soon discovers she has a spell placed on her and the person who's responsible walks around with her name in their shoes.  She startaccusing friends of doing this to her but yet she holds the answer to her question in her very fingertips.   In the mist of all the mysteryTeresa meets Calvin Bleu, who sweeps her off her feet. She can do no wrong in Calvin's eyes.  Teresa is then faced with a very tough decision to make a choice between Calvin or Delvin.  Destiny has an exciting twist at the end that will leave your mouth open.   It's more than a novel about an exotic dancer, it's a story about facing the person in the mirror, accepting who you are,  and becoming aware when bad decisions are made based on impulse. When I think of Destiny I think about going through a dark tunnel with no light or guidance .  In the end of all the turmoil  you can see much clearer .  It all makes sense to you as you reminisce on all the clues that was placed before you.  Nothing at all is easy in life, usually destiny takes you through something to get something, but if it's altered, what then?
 
Q: What inspired you to write a story like "Destiny"? Are the characters based on real people?
 
A: I did borrow personalities from people I know.   For instance Teresa 's  mother is the spitting image of my real life mother, very supportive and she save every item we ever brought home from school.  I have a very loving mother.  Teresa 's Dad is like my father, a big old grizzly bear with a big growl who won't hurt a flea.  They all have some similarities to people I know including Teresa, but Destiny is not a true story, nor is it a fictional version of anyone that I may have known or know now.  
 
 Q:  After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?? If so, how was that experience?
 
A:  I self-published only because I had queried many agents and publishers and was also offered a contract with one particular agency whom I will not mention .  I found out they were up for pending charges for selling of others works, which sent me into a panic so I self-published.  I requested media kits/brochures from many self-publishing companies and prayed before making my choice.  I 'm please with my choice.  I chose Bookman Publishers & Marketers, they don't tie you into a contract agreement .  They allow you to have full power over layout, font, cover, and you can edit along the way if you notice errors in content long after print.  You are not limited to a certain amount of galley's and they have their own bookstores as well as marketing packages.  You are also not charged by page count and royalties are 50% regardless.   After two months of being published I signed a three book deal with Black Pearl Publishers.  There will be a title and cover change.  They feel Destiny is a best seller and deserves a best selling title...so I'm excited about the coming change.
 
Q: What feedback have you received from fans?
 
A:  My fans has truly loved Destiny and I did test the waters.  Destiny has been read by women and men from ages of 65 down to 18 including all nationalities .  The comments have made me proud.
 
Q:  What authors do you admire? Did one of them inspire you?
 
A:  Michael Baisden, he has a way of making you want the expected yet giving you the way it is and you find yourself appreciating the way he ends his stories, just because it fiction or about relationships doesn't mean it should always end happily ever after.
 
Q: Is writing your only passion?
 
A: My true passion is theater.  I love being on stage performing before a live audience, however I will not chose one over the other.
 
Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
 
A:  I hope to have published at least 4 novels, and maybe featured on a sitcom/motion picture, would also be nice I dream big.
 
Q: What advice would you give aspiring authors?
 
A:  Follow your heart, don't be ashamed to write what comes to mind.  Never and I mean never stop working on your work. ( What I mean by that is, when you have nothing to come to mind to write that is when you read and edit. )  I never went one day/week without doing something to my current projects.  Make time for your work and set an almost immediate deadline.  If it means a lot to you two years is to far-away.  Remember to edit only when you have absolutely nothing you can think of to write, and then you will find yourself writing again, before you know it.  Please, stay away from negative people.
 
Q:  What would you like readers to learn from your stories? 
 
A:  From Destiny, my intentions is to display love at desperate measures and to show exotic dancing at its highs and lows.  Exotic dancing is no easy task, it could become a job at risk for dangerous lifestyle.
 
Q:  Are you working on another novel? If so, what is it about? 
 
A:  I am currently working on Shame which is already under contract with Black Pearl Publisher.  I'm not sure at this time if I am permitted to discuss the content yet, but stay tuned to my website for details www.fictionwriter.bravehost.com
 
 
Q:  Where can people purchase your books? Do you have a website?
 
A:  Destiny can be purchased from my website, Amazon.com, Bookmanmarketing.com,
karubooks.com, and quite a few other websites as well as actual stores .  Again, please visit my website for more details:   www.fictionwriter.bravehost.com  and while you're there, please sign my guestbook.  I'd love to know you had visited.
 
Thanks so much for the interview Shay C, and I love your review of Destiny.  Looking forward to others.
 
Tangelika Bolen
Author of Destiny

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