My author name is V. Brown I chose V. Brown instead of using my first name which is Valia because I felt like V. would be easier and really most people can’t pronounce my name as simple as it is. Before I became a published author I was a medical assistant and model. I still model when I have the free time to do so, but I quit working as a medical assistant not long after I started to pen my first book Broken Promise. I currently have 2 books out the first one is Broken Promise and the second 1 which released October 23 is the sequel called Black Ice.. I’m a Leo and I fit true to all Leo characteristics
2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I would say I first considered myself a writer when I got a response back from my manuscript submission and the company was actually interested in my work.
3. What inspired you to write your first book?
I don’t if anything inspired me to write my first book. About 4 or 5 months before I even began to write Broken Promise on a small sheet of paper I wrote myself a little note saying I want to write a book called Broken Promise fast forward 4 to 5 months later at 4am in the morning after I had just finished reading a book something clicked in my head and I pulled a pen and legal tablet out and began to write. It all pretty much flowed from there.
4. What books have influenced your life most?
I don’t if there are any books that have really influenced my life maybe opened my eyes to some things that they didn’t know much about, but that’s about it.
5. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Honestly I don’t have a set mentor. I would like a mentor who has been in the literary world and went through different experiences, but I don’t have one. There are 3 authors that I know if I were to go to them for advice, answers, help in general they would help or at least point me in the right direction. They are Ebony Freeman, Treasure Blue and Leo Sullivan.
6. What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Exhale by Blaque really good book so far.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing I like to relax in front of the TV while watching my favorite reality shows, keeping up with my team the Boston Celtics during Basketball season, shopping whether online or in stores.
8. Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Most of the ideas I have for the books that I have written, currently writing or planning on writing in the future all are either from personal experience, experiences that friends of mine have gone through or are going through and just having a little imagination to add to what I already have.
9. What new author has grasped your interest?
There are 2 new authors that have really grasped my interest with their writing styles and the way they tell their stories pulling you into them making you feel like you’re apart of it. The 1st author is Tnicyo her first book is titled “Hood Symphony” the 2nd author is Marie A. Norfleet her first book is titled “This Game Called”.
10. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
If I couldn’t be an author I would pursue my modeling career fully seeing as that and fashion is my other passion/love.
11. What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
My favorite chapter to write in Broken Promise was Chapter 19: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Hot!! I chose that chapter because Promise was able to come out of being the girl she’d always been holding everything in. She was able to get mad and do something about it. She got revenge on the one person who had wronged her family. My favorite chapter to write in Black Ice.. was Chapter 25: It All Comes Down To This and the Epilogue. I chose this chapter because everything was brought to the light in this chapter there wasn’t anymore wondering, questioning, looking for answers it was all laid out for all eyes to see. The epilogue because no one thinks urban fiction stories can end good, but this is one that did with a lesson to be learned.
12. Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
I felt I had to tell this story because it felt right from within. You know how you try to do something, but it doesn’t feel right with your inner self? Well this did. It flowed from me as if it was meant for me to write. It tells a story about real life things. I believe everything in this story can and does happen every day.
13. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I can’t tell you much about my upcoming book because I’m keeping the title a secret until the cover is designed. My upcoming book is going to be filled with plenty of lies, twist and turns, a great plot and subplot, deceit because people aren’t always who they say they are even if you talk to and sleep with that person every night. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence sometimes you have to play in your own yard before you venture into unknown territory.
14. How do you market your book(s)?
I market my books any way I can rather it be online via Facebook, Twitter, Pin it, blog sites, flyers everywhere basically whatever I can do to get interest peaked toward my books I do.
15. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
My advice for aspiring authors is to write what you know and if you go into a topic/subject you don’t know do your research on it because a reader can tell when you haven’t lived that life or experienced any of the things you’re writing about basically just writing just to write. When you come into the literary world whether it’s through being published or self-publishing do your research intensively, don’t trust everybody you meet because everybody you meet doesn’t have your best interest in mind some are out for self and will take you down while they go to the top. Last, but not least I don’t care how many books you sell, how big your name gets or whatever stay Humble the same way you came in the literary world is the same way you should remain just more wiser as you journey through.