The Making of ‘Forbidden: An Anthology’

In two weeks I’ll release my 12th self-published book on Amazon. Well, technically, it’s my 5th actual book since most of what I self-publish are short stories but I digress. The book is Forbidden, and it was one of my most challenging books I’ve worked on. The process was tedious but I’m ecstatic with what I’ve created. Months of research and creating character profiles has resulted in well-told stories that offers the one thing I search for in books, the perfect escape. So, since we’re inching closer to Halloween, the release day for my Forbidden Anthology, I’m ready to talk about the creative process behind it.

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#ShortStory: Muse

Author’s Note:

Hey, y’all and happy fall!

I got inspired by a photo the other day so I’m back with a new short story lol. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on one of my final books for 2017, “Mr & Mrs. Jones,” the sequel to my novella “Girl Code.” In both stories, one of the characters, Amir, is always talking about how another character, Melodee, is his muse. So, this was also one of the inspirations behind the title of this short. 

I wrote this short in a few hours and self-edited it in one day. I forced myself not to edit it for longer just to keep to my own challenge of producing a story    that’s raw and less than perfect. I’m one of those writers who prefers to organize everything. Flesh out characters and plots. Research and outline details before I even sit in front of a blank page. So, I use my short stories to step out of my comfort zone and to make things up on the fly. And here is the product of that.

Enjoy and as always, let me know what you think!

Title: Muse

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#ShortStory: Incoming Call

Author’s Note: 

As always, I wanted to challenge myself and try something different, so vibe with me on this 😘 

Although I’m always down for great dialogue (I think I’m pretty comfortable writing dialogue), I prefer writing descriptions in my stories. I find that descriptions anchor readers in a scene and makes them see what the writer sees, offering a damn good mind movie. 

It’s a preference and we as writers are all different. But I wanted to see if I could carry the fire of a  story with more dialogue than usual  so… I came up with this story concept inspired by this  Reese Royce photo… I LOVE his drawings as I’m sure you’ve realized.

Anyway, in the dawn of FaceTime and Skype, I wanted to force my characters to use their words and their imaginations 😉.

Wanna read about it?? Let me know what you think!

Title: Incoming Call 

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#ShortStory: LoveKilla (Not Another Love Story)

Author’s Note:

Back with another one but this one is a little different from the others. I tried a different writing style and technique. I wanted to challenge myself, switching between past and present, using the same words but in different ways to move the story along without losing you as the reader. I like to use these short stories as a way to train my writing muscle… a.k.a. my brain lol. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think. As always, this is explicit so read if you ’bout it 😘.

Title: LoveKilla (Not Another Love Story)

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#ShortStory: Rough

Author’s Note:

When I saw this drawing, this story just poured out of me. Wrote it in two hours using the Office OneNote app on my iphone in a Starbucks. As always, it’s explicit and may make the shy reader or the strict idealist uncomfortable.

Meh. Be bad with me, and read it anyway 😈. 

Let me know what you think!

Title: Rough

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#MakingMrAndMrsJones: Tips & Tools I’m Using To Get To ‘The End’

It’s that time again! I’ve started writing a new novella, and this is just not any ol’ novella. It’s a book where I’m writing about two of my favorite characters… Melodee and Amir. I fell in love with these two during the planning and writing process. Now, I love all my characters as I’ve said before but there’s something about the evolution of Amir and Melodee’s love that I admire the most. So, after two months of outlining, researching, blah, blah, blah… I’ve started writing it and I’m more than halfway through it.

When I first wrote this blog post, it was during the outlining phase of the story. Since then, I’m close to finish… yesss! The words have been flowing these past few days and I’ve been surprising myself at how far I’m getting with this work. And trust me, I’m not breezing through it. I’ve been taking my slow ass time. This is what’s baffling. So, I wanted to share what I’m doing hoping it can help another writer who may need tips on getting to their “end.”

Via social media like Facebook and Instagram, if you’re following me, you’ve noticed the hashtag I’ve got going, #MakingMrAndMrsJones. I wanted to try something new and to bring you guys along for the ride of creating this novella. A behind-the-scenes glimpse at what’s happening. This will also help keep me motivated and held accountable to finish this baby of mine.

For the readers, I think it will be fun for you to see a book come to life and evolve from nothing into something. And for my fellow writers, you’ll find the BTS (behind-the scenes) stuff resourceful… or at least that’s what I hope.

So, how am I doing it?

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