Detective for NYPD. I wear a lot of hats because I like to uplift and help people. My mother has been a teacher in NYC for 30 years, so growing up I had no choice but to do well in school or she’d be all over me. My goals for writing are to 1. Have my books on the shelves of major bookstores and 2. To have my novels made into movies (THAT’S THE DREAM!!!!!)
The second author that has been a big influence on me is
Eric Jerome Dickey. In the back of my latest novel “Love
and Happiness” I actually wrote a poem in tribute to Eric
Jerome Dickey. Other authors that have inspired me are
Zane, Carl Weber, and Shannon Holmes.
haven’t written a novel. I would consider it, but it would
depend on the author and the story we are both trying to
tell. I take my writing very seriously, so I would have to
write with someone who has the same work ethic and
similar style in writing in order for the project to be
While in 8th grade, my English teacher Mrs. Marcus gave the class a poetry assignment. My poem was on basketball. I don’t remember what I wrote, but I remember my teacher was blown away by it. She encouraged me to keep writing. She was one of my most influential teachers, and I promised her if I ever wrote a book, I would write a poem about the Holocaust for her. (She was Jewish, and had family that were survivors.) My dream was to publish a book. I continued to write throughout high school and college. My college professors told me I had talent as a poet and writer, so I decided to go to lounges that had open mics to perform my poetry. Hearing people cheer for me and appreciate my words, inspired me to keep writing. My first published book was a poetry book titled “Times Have changed and Life is Strange.” I wrote a poem for Mrs. Marcus titled “Holocaust”, keeping my promise. The poem “Ugly” from “Times Have Changed and Life is Strange”, is the poem that inspired me to write my first novel “Monster.” I reflected on my life, and felt it would be a good story that would teach and possibly change people’s lives the way Richard Wright’s “Native Son” had done for me.
responsibilities, I write whenever I have time or as soon
as I have an idea. I have a Samsung Note 4 so if an idea
comes to mind, I literally write it down or use the voice memos to record my thoughts and type them out when I
get time. I try to write something every day, even if it’s
Where do your ideas come from?
I feel that art imitates life. Being in my position as an NYPD Detective, I see a lot. Observing all types of situations and experiences from life, friends, family, and combined with my own person experiences, sparks my imagination to tell realistic stories.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
In this story, my goal was to have readers see that both
of the main characters were flawed and the cause for
their problems. I wanted readers to “feel” for Karen and
Chris, and have a difficult time choosing who to root for.
With all of my stories, I write to make readers think, and broaden their minds with situations and lessons. The hardest part was designing the characters to fit what my goal was. It’s extremely hard to write from a female perspective. While women might have some similarities, all women are different. Interviewing, listening to, and talking to so many women to get the perfect tone for my characters, was very hard. It was also fun, educational, and interesting. By listening and researching women, I feel I have a better understanding of how some women think, and approach life (Just to be clear, I am in no way shape or form claiming to be an expert on women’s thoughts LOL. I know for a fact there is no way to master that.) I interviewed close to twenty women. I asked them questions like: “What would make you cheat?” “What are your pet peeves in your relationship?” “What do you want from your boyfriend/husband more than anything?” I listened to their thoughts and philosophies. When I felt I had enough information, I worked on creating Karen’s voice and developing her character, but it was far from easy.
Tell us a little about your characters.
Karenis an emotional, passionate woman. She has very little family, the only family she has is her sister Chloe. Her parents passed away in a car accident with a drunk driver which led her to grow up with her only surviving Grandparents, who have now passed. Not having a real “Mother figure” in her life has had an effect on Karen. She still has somewhat of a “party-girl” mentality, and loves to get drunk and hang out at clubs frequently. Karen doesn’t care too much for material goods. She is more into romance and passion. She loves compliments, romantic dinner, cuddling, and being treated like she’s appreciated and desired.
Readers can discover more about me on the following
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about my latest book. I really appreciate it, and if you
have more questions to ask I would be eager to answer