As I continuing to host the BK Walker Books Authors Promoting Authors virtual blog tour, today I welcome author Vogue.
Please tell us about your current release, which releases today through Passionate Writer Publishing.
Diamonds in the Rough tells the story of Carmen Davenport, a twenty-one year old college student, hailing from Brookstone, New York. Carmen is the perfect example of the “good girl.” She also comes from a high class background. Her father owns his own real estate firm while her mother owns her clothing store, Flame, which Carmen is set to inherit. Carmen’s life is ultimately changed when she meets Jay Santiago, a Puerto Rican drug lord, at a local diner. Instantly, they become attracted to each other and begin to date. During the course of their relationship, Carmen inherits her mother’s clothing store, which is headed towards bankruptcy. Possessing an ambitious spirit, Carmen begins searching for every lifeline possible to save the struggling store.
What inspired you to write this book?
In most street fiction-based novels, there seemed to be an absence of a high-class, female character that becomes a victim of a criminal enterprise. Most of these characters grew up in public housing and did not have good support systems. There was also an absence of spirituality in the storylines. Wanting to create a female character that was well off, innocent and ambitious, but who slowly transitions into a femme fatale, the idea of Diamonds in the Rough was born.
What exciting story are you working on next?
Diamonds in the Rough is the first part of a ten book series known collectively as, The Diamond Collection. Diamonds are Forever, is the second book in the series, which has been accepted by my publisher. Currently, I am rewriting and editing the third book in the series, which is entitled The Ace of Diamonds.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself as a writer when I was in high school. I had started working on a series of novels entitled Urban Drama and it was through that experience that I discovered my desire to be a published author.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I do not write full-time, but my mind is always focused on writing. When I am at work, I always carry a notebook around with me just to write ideas down in. If I am adamant about finishing a book, I push aside all other tasks in my life to concentrate on writing.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My most interesting writing quirk is that I outline each one of my novels. Before I even start working on a novel, I know exactly how many chapters the novel will have as well as what is set to occur in each chapter. Therefore, when I actually start writing, I stay on track with the plot as well as the timeframe.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher. My mother was a teacher and I simply wanted to follow in her footsteps. As I got older, I realized that teaching wasn’t for me. I always had a desire to express myself creatively and I knew that ultimately, my goal was to become either a published author or poet.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Besides writing, another one of my pastimes is blogging. You can visit my blog at www.simplyvogue.net.
Thank you for your time today, Vogue, and I wish you well on the blog tour and with your books.
Readers – leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win one of several gifts from promoter of this VBT, BK Walker. Gifts include: a $25 Visa Gift Card, book light,a free-of-charge virtual book tour, or one writing package which includes a journal, pen, book light, and book marker.
My next guest for the tour is tomorrow, Susan Hanniford Crowley.