Meet Author Nika Michelle

Posted on January 19, 2012

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You all know I’m a sucker for a good cover, so when I saw the cover for Forbidden Fruit by Nika Michelle, you know I had to ask her to drop by and tell us about her title. Sooooo, let’s meet Author Nika Michelle.

When you’re not writing, what do you do to relax and have fun? When I’m not writing, I like to curl up with my Kindle and read. Reading is both relaxing and fun. I also like to go out with my girls, but I’m really a home body.

What is your favorite novel and why? I don’t have a favorite novel since I like so many novels for so many reasons. Omar Tyree’s “Flyy Girl” inspired me to write urban fiction.

What was the last novel you read that you enjoyed and why? The last novels that I read and enjoyed were the Bankroll Squad trilogy by David Weaver. It had all of the elements of a hot, juicy street trilogy. It was very addictive and I didn’t want the story to end. All three books were page turners. I love his plot twists.

When did you begin writing? I started writing short stories at a really young age. I was probably about seven years old.

What genre(s) do you write? I write Urban or Street Lit. At least that’s what genre my writing is considered. I just think what I write is realistic and people can relate to it.

Where do your concepts for your novels come from? The concepts for my novels come from many sources. It could be a song, or a dream. In the case of “Forbidden Fruit,” the characters came to me in a dream. The concept from the story came later. I’m inspired by my imagination, and real life situations.

Tell us about your latest book? My latest, and first published novel is titled “Forbidden Fruit.” The main characters Ayanna and Diablo came to me in a dream. I wanted to write a romance, but I wanted it to be an urban or street romance. Ayanna has a good life until her mother becomes addicted to drugs and her hustling father gets locked up for murder. Her sister Amaya is all that she has left, and she does whatever she has to do to take care of her. In the process she gets arrested for stealing. After the system steps in Ayanna and her sister are separated briefly before a family member takes them in. This introduces their cousin Princess who has her own share of issues. Ayanna meets the infamous Diablo Perez, who runs Atlanta drug trade. Their romance is an emotional rollercoaster. It’s a fast paced street tale with all of the elements of a page turner. There’s plenty of drama, and a plot twist that will blow your mind. The subplots are all just as interesting. The characters are real, and very believable. I don’t want to give the story away. It is available now on Nook, Kindle and iTunes. Print copies are available at www.anexanderbooks.com.

Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write? I go against the grain and freestyle when I write. I am a spontaneous person, and I like to allow the characters and plot to evolve as I write. Sometimes I am at awe at what I come up with. I may have a general idea of what I want to happen, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. It’s almost as if the characters take on a life of their own.

Tell us a little about your main and supporting characters of your current book? Ayanna, the main character of the story, is very strong willed and street wise. She is a faithful, loyal person who will do anything for those she loves. She has a heart of gold that can turn into stone if you cross her the wrong way. Diablo, Ayanna’s boyfriend, runs the streets of Atlanta. He is sexy, and has a swag that attracts the ladies. He loves Ayanna, but he’s a lady’s man. He’s very confident, and cool, but can be venomous like a black cobra. Amaya, Ayanna’s little sister, is often lost in Ayanna’s shadow. Throughout the story she is on a quest to find herself, but makes lots of mistakes along the way. Princess, Ayanna’s cousin, is only after her own pleasures and does not care who she hurts in the process. She loves money and gets it however from whomever.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination? I would say that my characters are based on real people and my imagination. Sometimes I don’t realize that I’ve based a character on someone I know until I go back and read.

Where can readers purchase your latest book? “Forbidden Fruit” is available on Kindle, Nook  ($.99 through January) or the print version from www.anexanderbooks.com

What do you have on the burner for the next year? A sequel and prequel to Forbidden Fruit will be released this year. The final installment in the series will be out soon after. After the Forbidden Fruit trilogy I will be releasing more novels.

How can readers reach you? I am on Facebook and Twitter as @urbanlitress. You can also email me at urbanlitress79@gmail.com or visit www.anexanderbooks.com

Dee here: Thanks for dropping by and telling us a little about your self and Forbidden Fruit.

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