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Monday, May 16, 2011

Interview with Author Nique Roberson

Today we have an interview with the talented Nique Roberson, author of Tatted on My Neck.  Mrs. Roberson fell in love with words at a  young age. She wrote her first short story in the 3rd grade and penned her first song in the 4th grade. She loves reading as much as she does writing. Although she currently writes Urban  Contemporary Fiction, she enjoys  many genres, including Children's, Spiritual, Inspirational,  Thriller, Romance, Suspense and more. 

Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Nique Roberson currently lives with her husband and their three young children outside Chicago.



Synopsis "Tatted on My Neck"

Neglected by those who promised to love her, high school senior, Chantal only finds peace and happiness in the bars of a sweet melody and in the arms of married men. Her promiscuity and ongoing affair with a married man lands her on a bus bound for Los Angeles…where she finds it hard to change her ways.

Shalonda also a high school senior, grew up starring in network sitcoms and gracing magazine covers. Molded by her mother, she perfected the art of manipulation and will accept only the best money can offer. With patience as her virtue, she has plans to be the stylish wife of an NFL superstar. And with four years invested in a deteriorating relationship with a sexy and flirtatious young wide receiver named Chris, Shalonda uses every trick she knows in order to hold on to him until after the NFL draft.


Can the girls change their ways? Or will they continue their spiral down troubled paths before their adult lives even get started?
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Interview:
Where did the inspiration for "Tatted on My Neck" come from?

 I've always wondered why people do the things that they do. I've seen how rumors spread and the chaos they cause. In "Tatted", Chantal is the topic of many rumors, and instead of dispelling them, she plays right into them. As for Shalonda, instead of ignoring rumors or finding out the real story behind them, she plays right into them as well. Both girls suffer the consequences when they let rumors run wild.


Can you briefly describe the journey you took in getting your novel published?

 I made a lot of mistakes, but I’ve learned a lot along the way. I signed with a POD (print on demand ‘vanity’ publisher) back in 2004. By the time I realized that was not the way I wanted to go, I couldn’t get back the money I’d invested, so in 2009 I published “Tatted On My Neck” with that POD. I was charged so much per book, I could hardly sell it. I pulled it in 2010, and now I’m re-releasing it with full control and complete satisfaction.


What would you like readers to get out of reading "Tatted on My Neck?

 It’s over 350 pages, so I’d like for them to be entertained most of all. I want them to enjoy the ride. I want them to get angry. I want them to get sad. I want them to feel everything the characters are feeling. Chantal, Shalonda, and Chris are at an age where they are discovering themselves, learning how to love themselves, or figuring out what they will and what they won’t accept from the people that supposedly love them. I’d like the reader to take that journey with them; maybe remember that time in their own lives.  


What is your writing process like? 

 I have a two, a four, and a six-year-old, so I write whenever I can. I keep a notebook close by, so I can at least jot down notes when an idea hits me. I write in the parking lot when I’m waiting to pick up my kid. I write in the bathtub. I usually end up writing at 3 am when my husband and kids are asleep so I can drift off into my characters worlds uninterrupted. And YouTube, Pandora music channel, or my MP3 player HAS to be on, to set the mood and get me in the zone.


What are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in the future?

I like writing stories where the seemingly most mundane event can completely alter your life. Right now, I’m putting the final touches on the sequel to Tatted On My Neck…it takes place four years after graduation. I hope to have it released by the holiday season.  All of my stories are soulful, character driven, emotional roller coasters.


What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Learn as much as possible. Study books on the craft, and write whatever you can whenever you can. Research, research, research. And above all, if writing is something that you love, something that you cannot live without, then never give up on it. No matter what circumstances may come, keep on writing!


Thank you Mrs. Roberson for taking the time to share with us today. We look forward to enjoying your current work and wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Author Nique Roberson is offering a free sample of "Tatted on My Neck". Click here for your free sample.

Tatted On My Neck: It Takes Love to Know Love

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Video Trailer for "Tatted on My Neck" by Nique Roberson


To stay in contact with author Nique Roberson you can visit the sites below.

www.DestinyTales.com


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9 comments:

  1. Thank you RGG. I truly appreciate your comment and support.

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  2. I really enjoyed the interview, and the book trailer video :)

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  3. I really want to read this one now. Especially after reading the author interview and seeing the book trailer. Great review and interview!

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  4. This looks interesting, and not something I would normally pick up. I love the interview and the premise is more intriguing now after hearing about it from the author. Thanks!

    Found through CEP. :)

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  5. Thank you Jenn commenting. It was a treat to do the interview with such a geniune person.

    Maya, I felt the same way.

    Thank you ladies for your comments. I truly appreciate it.

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  6. Wonderful interview. Sounds like Chantal is a musician and I adore books about musicians! I find the dating a married man aspect a little intriguing too! :-D I'll have to read and find out if that girl finds her happily ever after!

    Lisa @ Once Upon A Chapter

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  7. I enjoyed reading about this author. I must have her on my blog too, i'm so a Chicago author fan, lol. This may be my mentoring bookclub next book selection. Thanks for the interview Lena

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