At age fifteen Najee received a publishing deal but it crumbled shortly after. In spite of the outcome, Najee was still determined to have her manuscripts read and published. She knew writing was what she was meant to do and she wasn’t going to have it any other way. By age sixteen, Najee had well over thirty unpublished manuscripts under her belt.
Erotica, street literature, or a love story, Najee has the ability to make a reader connect with the characters so much you would think you knew them in real life. You will cry with them, laugh with them, and sometimes want to cuss them out. With her new novel, Sweet Malevolence, released December 29, 2012 Najee is more than ready to take the literature game by storm.
About “Sweet Malevolence”
When Alexia Salazar and Cayo meet, they don't expect the journey that’s ahead of them. Alexia is next in line to take the throne of her father's lucrative drug empire. Cayo is one of the most notorious hit men anyone has ever come across. So what are the two doing together? A night of passion leads them down a path of destruction when a hit for six million dollars is put out on Alexia and her Alano. Cayo's team is hired for the job. It gets worst when one of the assassins is Sade, Cayo's ex - wife who he still cares about deeply. When tragedy strikes the Salazar home, Alexia is out for blood and will stop at nothing to get the people responsible. Cayo on the other hand is trying to protect Alexia and Sade from each other. Will Alexia find the person responsible for the hit on her family or will Sade kill her first? Will Cayo be able to convince his ex - wife about the suicide mission or will the chance of six million dollars be too great for Sade to turn down?
DP: When did you first decide you wanted to become an author?
Najee: I was fourteen my best friend from high school used to write stories in play format. After reading one of her stories I decided I'd try to write one myself. I haven’t stopped writing ever since; I knew writing was what I was meant to do.
DP: How did you decide on the idea for your first book?
Najee: With Sweet Malevolence I wanted something different. I knew I could have just wrote a typical story about my main character Alexia taking over her father’s drug empire but I wanted some type of adventure - something that would keep the readers turning the pages to see what would happen next. So from there came the idea of a six million dollar empire, six assassins, and one target.
DP: How long did it take you to write your first book?
Najee: It took me three months. I'd just graduated from high school and moved to Las Vegas with my mom. I didn’t have any friends so I just wrote the whole summer.
DP: Did you self-publish or are you signed to a publishing company?
Najee: I'm signed with La Femme Fatale Publishing.
DP: How did you decide on the cover for your most recent book?
Najee: I actually didn’t see my cover until it was done. I was nervous wondering what it would look like but I was happy I loved it.
DP: Tell us about your writing style. Do you write on a schedule?
Najee: I don't set a schedule for writing because I wouldn’t follow it. LOL but I do my best writing at night when my house is quiet and I'm the only one awake. I grab my headphones, put on some soothing music and let my pen flow.
DP: What makes your writing unique?
Najee: I try to write stories with a twist. I love to make readers think they know what’s going to happen and then their totally surprised at the end.
DP: As a writer, what motivates you?
Najee: My readers motivate me. Every time someone tells me they enjoyed my book or tell me they can't wait for my next book to come out it makes writing worth it every time.
DP: How do you balance your writing and various responsibilities that come along with being an independent author?
Najee: I try to write a couple hours a day. Sometimes I feel like my phone is glued to my hand because I'm always checking Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
DP: When you’re not writing what are you doing?
Najee: If I'm not writing I'm usually at work or spending time with my family.
DP: What’s a typical day like for you?
Najee: I try to write in the morning before I go to work. I'm on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram all day seeing what I can do to promote my book. Then I'm back to writing when I get off of work.
DP: Tell us about your last book signing.
Najee: I actually just had my first book signing January 11, 2012 at The Literary Joint Bookstore. I was so nervous because it was my first book signing. Of course but I had a blast. I had two labelmates with me who showed me the ropes and everyone was so nice and made me feel very comfortable.
DP: Do you have contests or giveaways?
Najee: Not at the moment but I will in the future for sure.
DP: Many independent authors find it hard to get readers to buy their books. How did you handle the challenges that come along with being a first-time author in a competitive and ever-changing market?
Najee: I realize there's something to learn every day. There hasn’t been a time since I've signed with my company that I haven’t learned something new to do to promote my book. I have great labelmates and a great CEO whose showing me the publishing game.
DP: If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, what would it be?
Najee: Do your research. Know who you’re working with. Don't just sign with any publishing company. Know your audience. Don't get discourage and most importantly PROMOTE! PROMOTE! PROMOTE!
DP: Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
Najee: Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and if you’re in the DMV, you can find my books at The Literary Joint Bookstore