1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I started in the publishing industry over a decade ago as a developmental editor at Third World Press, Inc. the oldest African American owned publishing house in the country. My first published title was released in 2006 and since then I have 15 titles under my belt and in 2008 I won the coveted Emma Award for Best Steamy Romance of the year. On a personal note, I’ve been married 25 years to my hero and we have three beautiful daughters and the three greatest grandchildren EVER.
2. Everybody always asks when did you start writing, but when did you know that writing is what you were destined to do?After I wrote my second book and the voices in my head hadn’t stopped. Instead, they increased. If I don’t write, I go crazy.
3. If you could sum your writing up in a song, what would it be and why? Row Row Row Your Boat, because this has definitely been a dream—a great one at that!
4. If your writing was a color, what would that color be and why? Black, because black encompasses all color and depending on my mood there is no telling what genre or name (I have several pseudonyms) I’ll be writing in.
5. What was the most enjoyable thing you have written to date? What was the hardest thing you have written to date and why? The most enjoyable thing I have written is Black Widow and the Sandman, a dangerously-sexy suspense I wrote with Curtis Alcutt as our alter ego L. L. Reaper. I’m known for romance and women’s fiction (which use formulas). In that series, we get to be free to just write. I have so much fun with it. The hardest thing I’ve had to write was a eulogy for a friend of mine who passed. Talk about pressure.
6. If you were no longer able to write, what would you do? You mean besides be admitted to the psych ward? Well, read even more than I do now.
7. What’s your normal writing process? Do you freestyle, use outlines, write to music, or sit in silence? I’m a ruminator. First the characters come to me and give me an idea of the plot. Then I think about the plot and formulate how I think it will turn out. Then I get to writing (paper and pen) and just go until I’m finished. I let the characters guide me.
8. Where is your favorite place to write? Why? My living room when the house is empty (at least when the children are gone). It’s so peaceful and comfortable. I write in silence and love it.
9. What genres do you write in and why? As Deatri, I write romance and women’s fiction because I love to see characters fall in love and seeing women who have gone through things I have, am or will go through make it or go down trying.
10. Who is the character in one of your stories that you absolutely love or absolutely love to hate and why? So many characters to choose from, you’re going to make me pick? Not fair! And you know they really do talk to me. I see a fight brewing. I love them all and don’t have a favorite, so instead I’ll tell you about Gloria, who seems to be my readers favorite. She is the mother of the men in the Write Brothers series and a HOOT! She’s the type of mom that everyone loves IF she is someone elses mom. LOL. Don’t get me wrong. Her boys love her, but she is sooooo out of line most of the time, it’s ridiculous.
11. What is the most touching thing a reader ever said to you? Though I write mostly romance, my titles tend to deal with serious issues. In Whisper Something Sweet, the heroine’s best friend was being physically abused and kept going back to the man. I had a few readers say they’d received that title from a friend or purchased the book and identified with the woman who was being beat and that they were doing what it took to get out of their situation. They didn’t say the book saved them, but that it helped them see what cycle they were in and that they didn’t have to stay in that vicious cycle.
12. What has been the most challenging thing you’ve had to face in your writing career thus far? People who want to hold you back. It’s sad, but there are a lot of people who don’t want others to succeed.
13. Tell us something that you never shared about yourself with your readership? I’m an open book and talking to authors and readers all the time and have done so many events and been asked about everything possible. I wish I had a deep, dark secret, but I don’t.
14. Why should we buy your books? I don’t think everyone should read my books. Didn’t expect me to say that, did ya? I mostly write romance with a big dose of reality and women’s fiction. A lot of people want their romance to be all fantasy (Rich man sweeps practically-perfect woman with little to no issues off her feet). I love to read that, but it’s not what I write. So if that’s what you are looking for, give me a try anyway, you may like my version of romance. LOL. Seriously though, I can’t tell you why to read my books. I’m biased and like all authors (at least I hope all of them) believe everyone who reads my genres will love my books.
15. What is your most recent release? Current projects you are working on? What is the next thing we can expect from you? TEASE: After Eva caught her fiancé in bed with her cousin, she swore she'd never be played for the fool again. Now the ultimate bed-hopper—Tyler Write, has set his sights on her and she’s having difficulty resisting him.
Tyler can have any woman except the one he truly wants—Eva Simpson. Smooth lines and sweet talk won't work with her. To have a chance at Eva’s heart, he’ll have to show her who he really is.
Purchase this eBook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble. The print version will be released in a few weeks.
SONS 4 SALE (Write Brothers Series e-Box Set): If Gloria Write hears “There are no good Black men…” one more time, she’ll scream. She has four sons who fit the bill and not one is married. Desperate times call for desperate action. During the course of four novels, Gloria sets out to ensure her sons marry. The e-Box set includes all four Write Brother novels.
Purchase the e-Box set for $7.99 or each novel for $2.99 from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
What’s Next? I honestly don’t know. I’m currently writing on Hell Hath No Fury (book II in the Black Widow and the Sandman series), and I’m working on four romances and two I’m thinking about a sci-fi.
16. If you had a word of wisdom to share with us, what would it be?I only get one word? LOL. Just playing. Hmmmm, how about: Don’t expect others to do more for you than you are willing to do for yourself. <<< --- Someone needed to hear that.
17. How can readers follow you? My website http://www.deatrikingbey.com has links to all of my titles, free reads, Facebook, Twitter, bookclubs and everything Dee. Hope to see you there.
Deidra, thank you for interviewing me. I truly appreciate it and you. These were thought provoking questions and this was FUN.