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Q&A with Anjel

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Singer Kia Haughton and rapper David Green can t believe there good fortune when they are assigned to work on a song together. The two were best friends as children and despite being separated as adults neither has been closer to another. David accepts Kia s offer to stay with her while in town and all is perfect until they both begin to develop more than just a friendly love for the other. Both Kia and David struggle against their feelings only to succumb to the inevitable. A night together in Kia s bed and both are sure that in the other the perfect mate was found. A misunderstanding soon follows that not only destroys their budding love affair but threatens to end their friendship altogether. The next few years bring many twists for the two, including marriage by David to another and a terrible secret from Kia. Through it all, neither stopped longing for the other. Will fate smile on these friends and lovers and allow them to find their way back to each other or is the love they shared gone and lost forever.

Q&A With Anjel, Author of "Cross My Heart"

 

 

Q:  When did you decide you wanted to write?

A:  The decision to write, For me wasn't really a decision. Writing was just something I did to express myself. Then eventually I became passionate about it and started to seriously think about becoming an author and poet.

Q: How many novels in all have you written?

A:  I have written four novels in all including Cross My Heart, but out of the four I'm only thinking about publishing one of them. I do have other projects in the works though.

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

A:  Cross My Heart took about 4 or 5 months to write.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration for your stories? Are the characters based on real people?

A:  I get my inspiration from reading other novels as well as real life. Some of the characters are based on actual people. I love to people-watch and develop stories.

Q:   After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?? If so, how was that experience?

A:  Yes, I did self-publish at first. I posted my novel up on a site called Lulu.com, but it didn't take long before people took notice and after only about 3 months I was being offered a publishing contract.

Q:  What feedback have you received from fans?

A:  The fans have been really supportive and they seem to love the novel. There have been numerous requests for me to do a sequel.

Q:  What authors do you admire? Did one of them inspire you?

A:  I really love Toni Morrison, Omar Tyree and Eric Jerome Dickey just to name a few, but the author that really inspired me is Terry McMillan. I love her style of writing. It's so raw and real. You feel as if you know the characters and she moves you. That's exactly what I aspire to do with each story that I write.

Q: Is writing your only passion?

A:  No, writing isn't my only passion. I love music and have been singing since I could talk. I want to learn to play some instruments as well. I also love to dance and hope to do some acting in the future.

Q:   Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A:  In 5 years I hope to have put out a novel per year. Hopefully, I can get into theatre. I also want to open a couple businesses. Mostly I just want control and stability in my career no matter what path I decide to take.

Q: What advice would you give aspiring authors?

A:  Read, read, read. Make sure you study your favorite authors so that you know what it takes to write a good story. Also, take a few classes on writing. The bottomline is learn as much as you can about your passion. And don't listen to the haters, don't let anybody stop you from dreaming.

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

A:  I would just like to bring up issues that make people think and hopefully affect them in a positive way.

Q:  Are you working on another novel?If so, What is it about?

A:  Yes, I am. Actually, there were so many requests for a sequel to Cross My Heart that I started writing it. This story will basically start a few months after where the first novel left off.

13. Where can people purchase your books? Do you have a website?

My debut novel can be found on Amazon.com and we're working on getting it into bookstores nationwide. I do not have a website at the moment, but I do have a myspace page. The url is www.myspace.com/sexyanjel.

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