When the body of a teenage girl is found brutally raped and murdered in the Lincoln Houses, Nicole Watkins is assigned to investigate and report the story. Nicole moved to New York three years ago to start a new life after a divorce from her cheating husband Michael. She had no plans of becoming involved or ever giving her heart away to another man until she meets the incredibly handsome homicide detective Andre Moore. Andre Moore is a seasoned homicide detective; however, this particular case has him shaken which leaves Nicole suspecting that he knows more about the case than he’s willing to share. Although Nicole finds Detective Moore captivating, she also discovers that he is just as complicated and mysterious as the case of the murders. Nicole cannot deny her love and passion for Andre; however, she is unsure if it will survive the mystery that lies behind him. This is story of loss, love and honor that is full of surprises, as you are taken through their journey of love, murder investigations, and hidden secrets.
Tell me about yourself.
I grew up in Queens, New York. I have a background in nursing and I still hold my Registered Nursing license. I also have a degree in Psychology. I’ve always enjoyed learning about the human body as well as the human mind which has influenced me in getting into the hearts and minds of my characters.
What’s your story about?
Mirrored is an intriguing suspense story spiced with some romance. A news reporter finds herself attracted to a handsome homicide detective as she is assigned to her first case working for a small newspaper. She soon discovers that there is as much mystery surrounding the detective as there is in the murder case that she’s is assigned to. The story has some surprising twists that will keep the reader wanting to find out what happens next.
What inspired you to write your book?
I get inspired when readers tell me how much they enjoyed reading my book. It makes me want to continue putting quality work out.
How did you come up with the title?
The title of the book emerged from the mirroring of situations that develop within the storyline.
Tell me about your writing process?
I start out with writing a few ideas into my Smartphone. If the truth be told, some of them never see the light of day. I am truly a by the seat of my pants writer. I feel that I can be more creative that way. Most of the time I don't know what's going to happen or what character will appear until I actually start typing. I get excited wondering what will happen next.
What do you find most difficult about writing?
The hardest part for me is to actually start writing. I would have all of these great ideas, but translating the ideas to words on paper into a coherent story and trying to find just the right words is difficult. The other difficulty about writing is making each chapter more interesting the chapter before in order to keep the reader interested in finishing the book.
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
When I get writer’s block, I will use a prompt like thinking of actual scenes where I want to place characters even if it will be in another part of the story. For example I will use scenes like: eating in a restaurant, going for a jog, riding on the subway, driving in a car, etc.
Do you outline and plot your book as you’re writing or does it go where it goes?
As a writer, you would think that you're in control of how the story is going to be told; however, my characters usually dictate how the story will be written. I've had times where I had an idea in mind and thought that it was the perfect plot, but by the time I started typing, the characters came into my head and changed it to something totally different which made it much more interesting.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
That’s a good question. There is a goofy name that I like to call the book, the blow-drying chronicles. I call it that because a great deal of the ideas for this book came about during times when I blow dried my hair. With each character that came to me, an idea came as to what to do with that particular character.
Are you self published or traditionally published? Do you wish you had gone about the process differently?
I self published my book. I originally was not going to publish my book. I started out thinking that it would be a complete story that I would keep to myself as an accomplishment of writing. However, when people started reading the first few pages and then a full chapter, I was strongly encouraged to continue writing and get the book published. A friend of mine suggested I should think about self-publishing. I didn't know what self-publishing meant. I searched the internet and the information that I found on self-publishing was quite overwhelming. My search revealed a plethora of self-publishing companies. I learned industry jargon such as what it meant to line copy edit, POD (print on demand), digital rights, etc. Through social media, I came in contact with indie authors who had already self-published and was very successful. They provided me with more resources which helped me narrow my choices down to whom I want to self-publish with. I’m satisfied with the route that I took in publishing. I love the control I have over my publication with self-publishing.
If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?
I’m a people person and enjoy meeting people. I love connecting with my readers and getting feedback. I’ve met some very fascinating people.
What's your biggest fear?
That’s a good question. I recently had a dream about snakes. I am deafly afraid of them. I don’t think that I will ever write about snakes in any of my books. Just the mere thought of them gives me chills.
If you were on death row, what would you choose for a final meal?
Pizza. I love pizza, especially New York pizza.
What is your biggest regret in life?
I wish that I could have started writing books for publication sooner. I never knew how much passion that I had for writing.
What’s next for you?
I am currently working on a short story and a novel.
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