Today’s guest is K.L. Hall. She’s here to talk to us about her books, both published and soon-to-be-published. She’s also got some great advice for aspiring authors! Before we get started with the interview, let’s have a look at the blurb for Bi-Curious which is currently available on Amazon…
Candice Taylor is a sheltered, small town girl who just transferred from an all girl’s college to a co-ed university. When the 20-year-old meets her new roommate Jasmine and gets a taste of her untamed lifestyle, Candice finds that her uncertainty quickly turns into curiosity, as Jasmine brings out a side in her she never thought she had.
Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: My name is Kimberley, but I go by K.L. Hall. I am 23 years old, and currently reside in Virginia. I graduated with my bachelors in print journalism with minors in African-American studies and writing last year, and I am currently pursing my master’s degree in public relations, while also working full-time. Over the summer I published two E-short books, “Bi-Curious” and “House of Cards.” I recently got signed to Blaque Diamond Publications in early October and have been working on my newest project, “Diary of a Hood Princess” ever since.
Q: When did you begin writing?
A: Well, if you ask my mom that she would probably say since I was old enough to hold a pencil in my hand. She still has all my writing awards from elementary school, starting as far back as the first grade! So as you can tell, writing has been a part of my life all of my life.
Q: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
A: My most recent release, Diary of a Hood Princess, is set to be released early next year under Blaque Diamond Publications.
Q: How did you get the idea for the book?
A: It’s kind of funny actually, I used to read a lot of fan-fiction stories online when I was in high school, and I fell in love with them, so much that I started writing my own. I came across an idea that I had that never really took off, and I told myself that I could really turn it into something great, and that’s how Diary of a Hood Princess was born.
Q: If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?
A: Since DOHP is not available yet, I would recommend Bi-Curious because people seem to really love it. The idea came to me and I wrote the book in one day. It’s a very in depth look at what happens when a girl lets go of her inhibitions and explores a whole new world, (plus it’s hot and steamy!) Everyone keeps asking for a part two!
Q: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
A: I think my favorite character so far would have to be either Julian from Bi-Curious or Justice from Diary of a Hood Princess. I love writing about men with power, it not only makes them more interesting, it makes them sexy too.
Q: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
A: I think the most challenging part about writing DOHP was the fact that it had to be an actual novel. I was so used to writing really short stories of about 20-25 pages, and then when I had to sit down and really map the novel out, I would question myself constantly, wondering if I could really make it happen, and I did!
Q: What is your primary goal as an author?
A: My primary goal as an author is to really just get my name out there and give people good things to read that they will actually enjoy. Everyone enjoys a good book once in a while, and I want my books to be ones that they will go back to over and over again just because they love my work.
Q: What projects are you currently working on?
A: I am currently working on my Diary of a Hood Princess series. It will be three books. I am also debating on making a part two to Bi-Curious and House of Cards as well.
Q: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
A: Never give up! I had decided that I was going to do my own thing, and publish my books on my own, and a few months later, I met Fanita Pendleton by chance and she asked if I knew any authors who wanted to be signed, and she gave me her e-mail address. That same night I e-mailed her the links to my books, she read them and fell in love with them and asked me to join her team. It was truly a blessing sent from God. You always have to keep that drive and determination, hard work really does pay off.
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