Monday, January 16, 2012

Author of the Week: Y'vet

A&RBC: How did you become a writer?
Y’VET: My husband was the encouraging factor in my becoming a writer. He is a published novelist who would occasionally ask that I write a short story with him. It was shortly thereafter that I decided to pen my first novel.

A&RBC: Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
Y’VET: My inspiration came from people that I have met. I have also written a little about my own experiences. In the short time that I have been writing, I’m finding it is easy to write about things we know or experience. I’m doing a little research for my follow-up book to introduce some characters who will need to be believable.

A&RBC: What are you hoping readers take from your book?
Y’VET: The book is about feeling desperate and tells a story about how four women dealt with a desperate situation. Of course we wouldn’t go to the extremes the characters did, but seeking out your close friends, family and God reminds us that we are not alone and there are people available to help in trying situations.

A&RBC: If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?
Y’VET: I’d love to interview and write a book about President Obama in relationship to his being the first black president and how racism still effects/exists in this country.

A&RBC: Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?
Y’VET: I start from the middle. I ask myself what is the conflict? Once I figured that out I am able to start from the beginning building to the middle (conflict) and then decide how I want to end the book.

A&RBC: What is your favorite genre of books?
Y’VET: I love Urban Fiction. Its Black people writing for and about Black people. Readers need to know that Urban Fiction doesn’t always mean drugs, prostitutes and killings. There is a variety out there. I’m also a science fiction fanatic.  

A&RBC: Are you an avid or occasional reader?
Y’VET: I read whenever I can. I can pick up a book and complete it in a day. However, if I’m writing I try to stay away from reading because it blocks my concentration. Reading is an escape for me. If a book is well written I can travel or live vicariously through characters and not have the discipline to put the book down.

A&RBC: If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
Y’VET: Mary “HoneyB” Morrison. I absolutely love her. The Soulmates Dissapate series is phenomenal. I also appreciate the risk she took in leaving her six figure job to write full time. She believed in her work and was savvy enough to maintain a lifestyle while writing.  I can only hope to be as successful as she. She’s fabulous. I’d love to sit down and talk to her. I know she has the knowledge to assist an up and comer like myself.
A&RBC: What is or was your dream job?
Y’VET: My dream is to have the skill and fan base to write full time.

A&RBC: What new projects are you working on?
Y’VET: I’m working on the sequel to “Schemes and Dreams”. “Still Scheming” will be released early summer.
A&RBC: Where can readers find you?
Y’VET: Readers can find my books on I can also be reached at . I encourage readers to visit my site and leave comments or get in touch with me by leaving their names and email addresses. I answer all of my correspondence. I look forward to hearing from you.
Author, Y'vet

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