30 Days 30 Authors- Carla D. Youngblood

Hi everyone!! It’s the weekend, but the 30 Days 30 Authors event is still going strong! Today, Carla D. Youngblood is the next author to be featured. Let’s take a journey with her as she talks about her writing career.

Now, here’s Carla! 🙂

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Carla D. Youngblood is a life strategist, speaker, and author. She is an expert at teaching women how to bring order and structure to their lives and build a life in preparation to meet life’s challenges. As a life strategist she coaches, mentors and teaches women leaders in business and ministry. Her goal is to help women take care of themselves so they can care for others. Carla believes that when women are able to care themselves they are better able to care of others. Her clients are mostly business owners who need to focus on making sure they live a balanced life spiritually, mentally and physically. It is a strategy for success!


For more information you can connect with Carla at

Website:  www.designingwithcarla.com

Fb Public Official page https://www.facebook.com/carladspeaks

Women Leaders page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/leaderswhoarewomenfarmto table(5)


1.Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

I am a life strategist/coach and speaker. I love spending time with family, going to the beach and traveling the world.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

I believe there is an author in all of us. It was a way to process some of my emotions after my divorce.

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

I couldn’t believe I actually did it!!
4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Traveling the world speaking writing more books and enjoying time with family.

5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?

Creating other products to go along with my books, adding more coaching clients, and speaking opportunities.

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

Do it NOW! There is a book in all of us, Your story matters and should be shared. Build a team of supporters.

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Excerpt from Emotions Of The Mind:

“When women get ‘caught up’ in the emotions of their minds, it is almost impossible to walk in the reality of life.”

Carla D. Youngblood
This statement has caused me to wonder why God created us as emotional creatures. I was sure that when God created us, he knew the necessity and purpose of the state of our emotions. I have even wondered if our emotional state was the result of our humanity.


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Win a copy of Carla’s book, Emotions Of The Mind, as well as other books by each participating author in the 30 Days giveaway!

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FREE This Weekend!!

Hi everyone!! My standalone, Into You, will be free all this weekend! If you haven’t had a chance to read this book, then you should definitely read it. Not only is this a good book, but it’s also nominated for from The Reading Warrior Choice Awards for Best Interracial through the group Building Relationship Around Books (BRAB)!

So 1-click Into You (it’s free, so you don’t have anything to lose) and enjoy the relationship between Vanessa and Mark.

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Vanessa Hartwell has always lived the good life. With her fancy job as a management consultant, she never had to worry about anything; that was until her boss, and former lover, decides to sell the company to a business that already have a staff in place.

Now that the life she knows is quickly changing, she has to find a job fast. With the help of her good friend, she decides to take a position at an unlikely place. She didn’t think things could get any worse; but that all change when she encounters Mark Fernandez. She soon starts to become friends with Mark, but she can’t get past the idea that not only is he her co-worker, but also the owner of her new employer’s son. After what happened between her and her former boss, she made a vow to herself to never mix business with pleasure. Will Mark be able to change her mind or will she let love pass her by?

Mark Fernandez has always been a ladies’ man and have encountered a couple of flings at his father’s business; but he never encountered someone like Vanessa. She’s a bit feisty, but he knows he can find a way to let her guard down. While he does, he has a couple of secrets of his own that he doesn’t want anyone to know. Will he be able to continue hiding them, or will Vanessa be the one to break down his wall?

As the two try to establish a relationship, there will be a lot of obstacles in their way, including jealous exes, negative family members, and even crazy co-workers. Will the love they have for each other be enough to keep their relationship going, or will it tear them apart?

Take a journey with Vanessa and Mark as they try to build a relationship with each other as well as discover their purpose in life in the story, Into You.



30 Days 30 Authors- Siren Allen

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the 30 Days 30 Authors event! Today’s featured author is Siren Allen. Get to know her and her books as well as her journey to becoming an author.

Now, here’s Siren! 🙂




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Siren Allen is a writer, a wife, a clinical laboratory scientist and the best auntie in the world. (The last one is her greatest accomplishment.) She loves writing gritty crime romances, supernatural love stories, and fun and sassy chick-lit. She believes her ability to create amazing characters and intriguing stories is a gift from God. And she enjoys sharing that gift with her readers. She has so much in store for you. So, hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

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  1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do? 

I work full time as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. I love my job. But when I’m not doing that or writing, I love hanging out with my nieces and nephews. They keep me up on what’s hip. LOL. I also enjoy binge watching Netflix shows. I am addicted to The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones, Preacher, Power and Insecure.

  1. What inspired you to become an author?

Being an avid reader. I love reading. I come from a family of readers. Reading opened the door for writing and I hope writing opens the door for future endeavors.

  1. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

I was at work when it finally hit Amazon. I think the whole hospital heard me scream. I called every floor of the hospital to let the nurses know my book was available. They were so supportive. I think all of them purchased my book that night. Needless to say, I was beyond ecstatic.

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I hope to be a full-time writer by then. Fingers crossed. I also would like to write for T.V.

  1. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

Never stop writing. No matter what anyone says. If this is your passion, give it your all. There will be bumps in the road: naysayers and bad reviews. Roll with it and keep doing what you do.

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Once Upon A Time…

There lived a witch by the name of Celeste Dubois, who was tired of her sister witches disturbing her eternal slumber with their cries. Lately, they all called out to her with the same plea, ‘stop Rip Van Warren, the witch hunter’. Unable to ignore their cries, she lures Rip into her world, where she keeps him as her prisoner for twenty years. She had every intention of torturing him for those twenty years. But the heart wants what the heart wants.

For twenty years Rip Van Warren is held captive by a beautiful bayou witch. He should hate her. However, their time together has made him rethink his vendetta against witches. All of his life he thought magic was evil. Celeste has taught him that it’s a gift to be treasured, almost as much as he treasures her.

When an unexpected threat enters their lives, Celeste is forced to send him back to his own world in order to protect him. He awakens in the middle of the swamp, confused and dazed. His memories of the last twenty years are foggy. Yet, there’s one person he’ll never forget, the witch he left behind. He’s desperately seeking a way back to her. However, the witches of New Orleans aren’t willing to help a famous witch hunter.

Will the dark witch and the dark hunter have their happily ever after?
Or will he return too late to save the witch he loves?

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Excerpt from Into The Darkness:

Chained to the wall, Rip tilted his head back and opened his mouth. Drop after drop of water landed on his tongue. It wasn’t enough. But it was more than he’d had over the last two days. Or had it been three? Maybe six.

It was hard to tell time in this place that wasn’t supposed to exist. Where was his captor? Was she truly prepared to allow him to starve to death? After their last encounter, he’d thought he’d won her over, convinced her that he was no longer a threat to her and her sister witches.

She’d allowed him to touch her again, to caress her soft skin and bring her to an orgasm. Then she’d pushed him away and ordered him to his cell. He was growing tired of her mood swings. Either she was going to torture him or she was going to let him show her how good it could be between the two of them. She couldn’t have it both ways. She couldn’t spend her days avoiding him only to call him to her each night then push him away before morning.

Hell, who was he kidding? He was her prisoner. She could do whatever she wanted. She’d reminded him of that countless times. He was the fool for wanting more. He was a fool for thinking they could move past their differences.

He was done playing these games with her. Witches were evil. He was a witch hunter. It was his job to eradicate them from the face of the Earth. One sexy bayou witch wasn’t going to convince him otherwise.

As soon as he figured out a way to free himself, he was going to teach her a few rules about torture. Rule number one: never let your enemy know your weakness. He knew exactly what to do to make Celeste Dubois weak.


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30 Days 30 Authors- Danyelle Scroggins

Hi everyone! Today’s featured during the 30 days event is Danyelle Scroggins! She was recently featured on my blog a few months back with her release, Put It In Ink. That book will be apart of the event’s giveaway.

Let’s get to know Danyelle as she talks about her journey in the industry as well as read an excerpt from Put It In Ink.

Now, here’s Danyelle! 🙂




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Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of several Christian fiction and nonfiction books including: His Mistress or God’s Daughter?, Not Too Far Gone, Destiny’s Decision, Put It In Ink, & The Power Series: Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving”. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins, a mother of three, a mother by marriage to two, and recently became the grandmother of Emiya’rai Grace.

To find out more about Pastor & Author Danyelle Scroggins and her ministries, please visit any of the sites below:

Website & Blog: http://www.danyellescroggins.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/danyellescroggins

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pastordanyelle

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Danyelle-Scroggins/e/B004513RVY

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/danyellescroggins

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/pastordanyelle

Church website: http://www.newvesselministries.org,farmto table(5)


1.Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

I absolutely love feeding the flock of Jesus as site pastor of New Vessels Ministries North. I love preaching and teaching the Word of God.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

I would like to think Amelia Bedelia played a huge role in my desire to write, but I know for sure it was a closer walk with God that pushed me into writing. It was a desire to reveal the secrets of pain and hurt I experienced, hoping someone else may read and become healed.

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

When I held that printed book in my hand, I literally began to do what the black folks calls Shout. I danced and praised God all around my house. It was so surreal and I felt like God proved He trusted me to reach those I would not ordinarily be able to reach by spoken word.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Preferably somewhere relaxing on vacation getting ready to start another novel or preaching in Africa alongside my favorite pastor of all time, but certainly still doing the two things I love, preaching the Gospel and writing books.

5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?

Yes, I am currently about to release “Enduring Love” which was featured in an anthology this year. I have some other things in the crockpot and next year will be a phenomenal year for me if the Lord wills.

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

Stay true to you. Whatever you like to read, is probably what you will write the best. Don’t allow anyone to persuade you to write anything you do not whole heartedly believe in or allow them to alter your train of thoughts for the sake of good editing. Say what you want to live on longer than you will because words are powerful and whatever you write can last a lifetime. Regardless to those who say you can’t, or the spirit of fear that will urge you not to write, pray first, push through, and prevail.


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Here is Danyelle’s inspiration behind her book, Put It In Ink:

Reading is my hobby and although I love romance, my favorite genre is Christian or Inspirational Fiction. Writing is my love and my job. I write so that others will be able to see God’s hands of mercy and His grace. While some people never make it or feel comfortable in the Christian communal place called the church, I write so that they will get that opportunity at least once a year. Put It In Ink was one of the first books I ever wrote. It is as if the more adamant I became to finish this book, God kept moving into another direction. My set time came and my prayer is that God heal hearts. I know this book is in His timing so it will do what He has set it in the atmosphere to do.


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30 Days 30 Authors- Adrienne Ruvalcaba

Hi everyone!! How is everyone enjoying the 30 Days event? I really hope you all have discovered some new authors and added their books to your TBR list.

Adrienne Ruvalcaba is another author to add to your list. Check out her interview as well as her wonderful book collection.

Now, here’s Adrienne! 🙂

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Adrienne D’nelle Ruvalcaba is from Southeast Texas. After high school, she joined the U.S. Army and served four years at Fort Campbell, KY. Following her army days, and one failed attempt at marriage, she and her two children relocated so she could enroll in the Engineering program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While there, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural analysis. Also while at SIU, she was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. This diagnosis significantly changed her life.

Since the onset of SLE, she has learned a lot about those close to her and even more about herself. After a few years of struggling to accept Lupus as part of her life, she has come to a more peaceful place and no longer lets her disease define who she is.

Adrienne has a love of writing that dates back to grade school, and she often takes solace in the many worlds she creates in her imagination. She writes women’s fiction and romance, and her books are meant purely for emotional fulfillment, enjoyment, and sweet escapism. Real life is difficult enough, and she believes we all need a little break from it sometimes.


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  1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

Besides writing, I do a lot of crafting. I love to find things that don’t look nice and make them into something artistic and pretty. I’ve saved a few dressers from the dumpster. I’ve also done a lot of decoupage, sewing, paper crafting, and drawing. Most of my drawings are Bezier Curve art or Mandala art.

  1. What inspired you to become an author?

My inspiration for being an author is simple. I just can’t stop writing. The universe inside me feels as real as the one I live in, and if I didn’t write, I might go crazy.

  1. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

I’ve always been an indie author, so my reaction when my first novel was published could be summed up as, “Wow! I had no idea this was going to be so much work…”

I was excited, but also overwhelmed.

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In the next five years, I see myself as a healthier version of the person I am now. Physically, mentally, and emotionally. I know I’ll still be writing, but how popular my books will be remains to be seen.

  1. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

If you want to become an author, don’t get so bogged down in logistics and mechanics that it stifles your creativity. Just write! Until you have completed at least one project, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just do your best to get something finished. You can always edit, make it better, and go from there. But you will get nowhere if you don’t believe in yourself enough to just keep writing until you’ve finished something.


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When unspeakable tragedy strikes, Max is the only person capable of giving Andie the support she needs to get through it. Andie suddenly finds herself broken and alone, and Max’s hand is her only lifeline as darkness takes over her entire life. Gone are her career aspirations, her desire to start a family, and even her husband. Her Darkest Day tells the story of how Max’s unwavering love and friendship inspire the return of Andie’s will to live. The only question is, will their unspoken love for each other turn into something real and lasting?



In this flashback book, the story of how Andie, Max, and Derek met and became friends is told. Andie is a struggling waitress, living in the same neighborhood as a young, streetwise Max. Max is an aspiring MMA fighter who also does freelance website development to earn extra money. When a chance encounter with Andie rocks his world, he is inspired to make the changes that redefine his life and set him on the path to being the wildly successful businessman his is in Book One (Her Darkest Day). Fireworks fly from the beginning, but life comes between them. Find out how such a beautiful beginning ultimately leads to heartbreak before Andie and Max build a true friendship that stands the test of time


In the exciting conclusion of Andie and Max’s story, we revisit them two years after the last time they saw each other in Book One. Max is on the verge of marrying an Academy Award winning actress, and Andie is in the midst of major career transformations. A bombshell moment gives the two of them another chance to be together, but will they take the chance? Or will their past prove to be too complicated and painful for them to make it work? In The Endgame, secrets, both past and present, are revealed as Andie and Max learn the healing and transformative power of love and trust.


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Creole Nights:

Ten original sexy tales from ten bestselling authors. When the sun goes down in New Orleans the heat will rise. Take a sensual exploration of those Creole nights with our hosts of humans, witches, vampires, shifters, wolves, sorcerer, ghost, reapers, voodoo priestess, warlocks, demons, priests and angels. Find out who lives, who dies, who loves for once in a lifetime. Read their sides of the story.

The Beast Within- LaVerne Thompson – From moonrise to moon set the beast will rule.

When the Beautiful Awake: Thakathi Awakening- Angela Kay Austin- You can’t hide from us.

Spellbound – ‪Reana Malori- True love is its own destiny.

The Elixir of Life, Legacy: Origin- S. Campbell Williams- There is never an end, but always a new beginning.

Warlocks: The Creole Coven- Latrivia Welch USA Today Bestselling Author – Love is the greatest magic of all.

Phoenix Daniels Blood Ties – You can’t run from who you are.

Falling for the Reaper- Adrienne D’nelle Ruvalcaba- He had seen death before, but this time is different.

Love Bites- Twyla Turner – Be careful what you wish for.

In Another Time- Sage Young – My love I will find, in another place, in another time.

His to Claim – Stephanie Morris- He’s got everything under control and she likes it that way.


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30 Days 30 Authors- Darliss Batchelor

Hi everyone!! The 30 Days 30 Authors event continues with Darliss Batchelor! Let’s get to know her and her books as she talks about how she became an author.

Now, here’s Darliss! 🙂


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It was on a white sand beach in Cozumel, Mexico that Darliss received the call to write her first book. Secrets was born ten years later and she hasn’t stopped. Her books Hell is a Skyscraper: A Trio of Novelettes and Something Else to Want followed. Her newest book, The Make-Believe Wives, joined her book family in June 2017. Walking in the footsteps of her Christian playwright grandmother, Darliss was also commissioned to write and witnessed the performance of her short play, One Simple Yes.

A passionate writer, Darliss desires to write stories of fiction that have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of her readers. She continues to work toward the commission to write entertaining inspirational and women’s fiction for years to come.

When she is not writing, she can be found spending time with her husband of over thirty years, Greg, her son, Brandon and grandson, Bentley. She also enjoys reading, cruising, Detroit Pistons basketball and watching court shows on television.

You can find more information about Darliss at her website at www.DarlissBatchelor.com and on social media at www.FaceBook.com/booksbyDarliss.

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1.  Besides writing, what do you like to do?

My absolute favorite thing to do is to spend time with my wonderful husband, my amazing son and my awesome grandson. I also enjoy reading, watching court shows and Detroit Pistons basketball.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

I felt a calling to write. Story ideas would come to mind and I felt compelled to give voice to them. I would hear voices speak to me and I knew I had to tell their stories. Now, it has become a way of life for me.

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

The moment I laid eyes on the proof for my first book, I cried. I mean, I cried big tears. I never know what the next release will be until one book separates itself from the others. It took me ten years to get to that point and to finally hold it in my hands was surreal. The truth is though I’m now four books in I still get a little misty-eyed when I see my name on the front the first copy of a book.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

There are a few things I hope to accomplish in the next five years in addition to writing. Some of the major things I would love to accomplish include:

  • Holding a specialized writing conference.
  • Operating a nonprofit to minister to women in crisis.
  • Operating a program to promote literacy among school-aged children.

5. Do you have any new projects you are currently working on?

I do have a few projects I’m itching to get to work on. There is a three-book series called “The Marriage Bed” and stand-alone projects titled “What is God’s Name?” and “Worship Widows” I’m diving into.

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

I think the best advice I can give an aspiring author is to read as much and as often as possible. Each book is like a college course in writing. I believe if one pays close attention during the reading of a book, you can learn a lot about what to do and what not do.

I also think it’s important to exercise that writing muscle. Whether it’s journaling or utilizing writing prompts, I think writing regularly is imperative.


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Author Website: http://www.darlissbatchelor.com/secrets.html

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Book Excerpt The Make-Believe Wives:

            Chapter 1


Janay slammed the glass into the bottom of the sink and watched it break into a million pieces. She chased it with two plates and a bowl that were within reach. No need to worry about washing those. Frightened by the noise, her baby girl screamed and she joined her. Unlike Naomi, Janay’s scream was from sheer frustration. She pulled herself together and went to gather her daughter from the adjoining family room. Naomi raised her arms as her mother approached and Janay picked her up. Once comforted, the toddler wiggled to get back to her playtime. Janay returned her to the center of the toys she had spread out over the family room floor and exhaled.

Her husband, Evan, had taken Nahla and Nia out for a daddy-daughter day. Naomi was too young for today’s activity. Janay returned to the kitchen and stared at the glass and ceramic gumbo in the sink. She picked up a few of the larger pieces of glass and sat them on the granite countertop, mentally adding resealing it to her already overloaded to-do list. She remembered literally vibrating with excitement when they bought this stone. Now, it brought tears.

Janay went to the bathroom to wash her face, hoping it would make her feel better. She pulled the plush fire engine red face towel from the bar and ran cold water over it. Looking in the mirror, she noticed the frustration etched in her face and the tent city that had formed below her eyes. These had become her constant companions. She patted the area with the cold towel and went back to the family room to check on Naomi. Her routine had gotten old.




Janay watched as Evan moved bowls and plates around in the cabinet, undoubtedly looking for something in particular. Next, he searched the dishwasher. “Hmph,” Evan said as he closed the door, looking at her with both hands on his waist, which usually meant he was stumped about something.

“Babe, do you know what happened to that blue bowl? I can’t find it.”

“Which one?” Janay asked trying to figure out the best way to tell him about his favorite cereal bowl’s fate.

“We only had one. It was deep blue.”

“It got broken. Accidentally. The other day,” she replied.

Evan stepped down into the room and sat next to his wife on the beige leather sofa. “Is everything okay?”

“Yes. Why?”

“A lot of dishes are getting broken lately. I wonder why.” He looked at her so intently it was clear he already knew the answer.

“You think so?” She tilted her head to the side.

“I keep finding broken dishes in the garbage. What’s going on?” Evan reached for her hand.

“I drop a dish or two from time to time. The ceramic floor is unforgiving.” She shrugged, “No big deal.”

“If it was more than that you would tell me, right?”

“Yes, you would be the first to know.”


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30 Days 30 Authors- Anita Davis

Hi everyone!! Welcome to a new week! The 30 Days event continues with Anita Davis! Check out her interview as well as read an excerpt from her book, Catch Me If You Can: Friends Forever 1.

Now, here’s Anita! 🙂



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Anita Davis is a former elementary teacher born and raised in Chicago. Although she wrote short stories much of her childhood, she didn’t unlock and cultivate her passion as a writer until she became a writing teacher for middle school students. The more she had to create sample writings for her students, the more she realized her passion and ability to tell stories in the written form. She decided to hone her craft as a writer by completing her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing via National University. She now pursues writing books most of her time, in addition to being a flight attendant and a substitute teacher. She is Co-Founder of Book Euphoria, a group of Chicago authors bound by their love of literature. Book Euphoria hosts Book It Chicago bi-annually, a literary event series and they also founded the empowerment movement, Black Girl Passion. Anita seeks to encourage, engage, and entertain her readers.

Social media links:


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  1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

Besides writing, I LOVE to read. As of late, I prefer to read romance novels over any other genre. I also love to skate, exercise, sing, design things, whether it be T-shirts, jewelry, paintings, redesigning a space in my house, and I also love to make functional furniture pieces.

2. What inspired you to become an author?


My inspiration for becoming an author is that I’ve always been an avid reader and writer. I eventually became a middle school writing teacher and constantly having the discipline of writing in my face reminded me of how much I loved to write. I had to get my students interested in writing, but the district samples provided never motivated them. I had to walk them through the stages of writing (plotting, drafting, editing, etc.) with off-the-top-of-my-head samples. Doing that daily for seven years grounded me in the reality that I wanted to write on a more serious basis and prompted me to get my Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, which further reassured me that writing was my calling and true passion. It all led me to publishing my first work, a novella, “Underneath It All: Sisterhood Chronicles 1”, in about 2014.  I haven’t stopped since then. I won’t stop.


3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

My first published work was a novella, “Underneath It All: Sisterhood Chronicles 1”. I was so excited to have a book on the market, something I’d written. My first review said, “…Blah blah blah happily ever after. Good life time short show. The author has skills she just needs to get off the fantasy and write drama and suspense.” I smiled so hard because the reader acknowledged my writing skills. That made me giddy, proud, and ready to keep going.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In the next five years, I see myself being invited to book festivals as one of the headlining authors, having a grand readership, more titles under my belt, the book events I host in Chicago heavily visited and loved by readers and authors, and still loving and enjoying this book life.

5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?

In regards to my works in progress, I am working on my first contemporary romance series, the finale to my Sisterhood Chronicles Series, “All Things Considered: Sisterhood Chronicles 5”, and my November release, “Hues”

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

The advice I would give to anyone wanting to become an author is to never stop learning the craft of writing, never be afraid to tell a story, be as much of a reader as a writer, find trusted and compatible writing partners, understand that it is a journey and not to compare themselves to another author’s journey, and above all, have fun doing it.


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Excerpt from Catch Me If You Can: Forever Friends 1

…“Girl slow down.” Melanie drew in deep breaths trying to slow her heart rate down. “I want to know why you just lied to that fine man saying that you’re taken. By who, and why haven’t I met him?”

“Whatever.” Karen kept looking ahead.

“Why didn’t you take Kyle up on his offer for a date? You couldn’t stop gawking at him, barely said two words to him, so I know you like him.”

Karen picked up her pace.

“Stop.” Melanie pulled on Karen’s arm with enough force to stop their run. “What’s up? You talk about wanting a great man to pursue you, but whenever they try, you shoot them down. You just had an NBA player gawk at you and ask you out, and you turn him down. Why?”

“That’s exactly why I turned him down. He’s an NBA player. That means a horrible reputation with women precedes him.” Karen took off running again.


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