Interview with novelist Yani for Love’s Deadly Masquerade

The author of the
psychological thriller, Love’s Deadly
is here today. Yani is talking about her books, writing, and
Yani is an Amazon best-selling
author of five 5-star novels hailing from the North Philly and Germantown
sections of Philadelphia. She’s been in the top 20 of African American
Fiction-Urban Life for A Thug’s
and debuted at number 12 in Romance and Erotica for Obsessive
Yani has a unique way of
bringing stories to life, giving her readers the feeling that they are watching
a movie with every page that is turned. Her characters are real, raw, and easy
to relate to while her story lines are original, and have the ability to evoke
emotions in the readers from start to finish.
She has been featured in
Yo! Raps magazine for A Thug’s Redemption
and was also a featured author at the 2013 Houston Black Book festival. Yani
first got her start writing for her school paper at University City. Her
popular poems granted her an invitation to the Tri-State area’s number 1
Hip-Hop and R&B radio station, where she recited one of her most memorable
pieces, “Why Tyrone Can’t Read”.
She then moved on to
performing at various open mic nights in Philadelphia before landing a
publishing deal with Publish America. With the desire to self-publish and
develop her own production company, Yani bought back the rights to A Thug’s Redemption and re-released it
under her own publishing company “Anitbeet Productions”. She then
followed up with two sequels and penned her first erotic novel in 2014. She is
currently in the process of turning A
Thug’s Redemption
into an independent film and working on her sixth novel
which will be released Summer of 2016.To learn more about this remarkable
author and her incredible body of work, visit
Welcome, Yani. Please tell us about your current
Love’s Deadly Masquerade is about Vanessa, a beautiful young woman with a
bright and promising future. She’s never known love until she meets Eric, who
sweeps her off of her feet. But is he the man of her dreams, or the monster of
her nightmares? In a blink of an eye, Vanessa finds herself the victim of
Eric’s brutal assaults physically, mentally, and sexually. With the help of
strangers, she makes an escape. Soon after, she learns that her fairytale
introduction to Eric was a disguise for something much darker and sinister.
Reality sets in that once you deal with Eric, the only out is a deadly one. No
one is safe once they’ve made contact with Vanessa and Eric won’t stop until the
blood trail ends with hers. Love’s Deadly
shines a light on domestic violence fueled by possessiveness and
past demons. It’s a story that every woman needs to read
What inspired you to write this book?
There have been a lot of
stories popping up in the news over the last four years about women who were
killed by their spouses and in most of those situations, when the family was
interviewed, they either said they always suspected that something wasn’t right
with the guy or they said they never expected anything like that to happen because
the guy was “perfect”. Women are being silent about the abuse they endure
thinking that will keep things from getting out of hand. Most times it’s their
silence that results in their murders. I also wanted to give people a better
perspective about women who are abused because too many think they are stupid
for staying when the reasons aren’t as simple as “stupidity.” While I have
never been in a physically abusive relationship, I’m hoping this story will get
others to be more empathetic towards women who are being abused.
Excerpt from Love’s
Deadly Masquerade
Arianna opened her arms to
hug her best friend and was more than slightly miffed when Vanessa winced and
cringed after she squeezed her. Arianna backed away and looked her bestie over.
“Are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine. I just called myself working out with Eric yesterday at
the gym and I’m feeling it today, that’s all,” Vanessa lied.

Arianna knew she was lying and she was now positive that there was something
more going on. “Take the glasses off, Vanna.”

“You know I hate when you call me that,” Vanessa replied, refusing to
take the glasses off.

“Never mind that shit. Take off the glasses,” Arianna said more
sternly. “Take them off, now.”

Vanessa was moving too slow with taking the shades off so Arianna snatched them
off of her face. Her mouth hung open and she gasped. “Vanna… seriously?!

“Ari, it’s not that deep, really I’m fine,” Vanessa said as she
reached for her sunglasses.

“The hell you are?! What the hell kind of work-out were y’all doing
yesterday? Because judging by that black eye and your sore ribs, I’m going to
guess boxing and you were the punching bag! Did Eric do this to you?”

“I’m fine,” Vanessa replied, avoiding the question.

“You are not fine!” Arianna snatched her friend by the arm and pulled
her into their apartment and slammed the door behind them.
What exciting story are you working on next?
Right now I am working on
two books. One is about a group of women who are having “Girls’ Talk” and the
conversation is raw, raunchy and without filters. It will be funny, but very
real as it will go into what women deal with while dating, married or just
having casual flings.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I knew I was a writer the
first time I wrote a story and my teacher requested a copy of it outside of the
assignment so she could share it with family and friends. The reaction that I
got from her as well as my classmates let me know that I had a gift.
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
I am a writer full time
now. Since I have 3 children, I don’t get to write as often as I would like to.
Most of the time I steal time away late at night when everyone is asleep and I
write as much as I can.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m not sure if this is a
writing quirk but when it’s quiet, my thoughts are everywhere and even though
I’m able to write, I’m not in the “zone” so to speak. But if I turn on a Tupac
record or put on a Tupac movie like “Poetic Justice”, I can write like there is
no tomorrow. It’s almost as though listening to him gets my muse in a groove
and my fingers form a life of their own.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a nurse and
a lawyer, a singer and a dancer. That was until I was about 10. But from then
on, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I loved reading and writing and the
reactions that I got from people whenever I read my work.
Anything additional you want to share with the
I want to thank readers
for checking out this interview. To show my appreciation, I’m doing a free
give-away for kindle copies of Love’s
Deadly Masquerade
. The first 10 people to follow me on Twitter
(@urbanlit_goddes) and tweet me with the hashtag #LovesDeadlyMasquerade will
win a copy. As soon as I follow you back, just be sure to DM me your email
address and I will send the book to you.
Thanks for being here today, Yani!

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