After years of friends and associates insisting she should share the trials she had endured, she finally sat down and began to try to express her life story in written words. The final product was not as she intended, but her debut novel Beautiful was born none the less. The Beautiful Mess Series is a collection of 5 novels that will touch on different aspects of Kiexiza's life in a fictional, yet realistic way.
Kiexiza is the Executive Director of DiamondStar Entertainment & Publishing, a company who aids new entrepreneurs in branding their name and it to the public through various avenues. She is also co-founder of Saving Lives Through Lit, an organization that desires to, though donations and the creation of anthologies, assist the many foundations that give aid to families and persons affected by abuse and violence. Along with a board of 5, she is currently in the process of opening a bookstore/restaurant, where entrepreneurs of all genres will have an opportunity to shine.
Kie writes for, has contributed to, and conducts reviews for many online magazines and blogs, including So Fyh Magazine, CEOMama, SorMag, and DiamondStar Entertainment
Kiexiza’s debut literary novel is a series of 5 novels entitled the Beautiful Mess Series. Volume 1 is simply entitled, Beautiful, which was released August of 2011. The second volume Beautiful Seduction, was released January 2013. Kie also has stories in two anthologies, Voices Behind the Tears and Untapped: a Collection of Erotic Firsts.
About “Beautiful Seduction”
"Beautiful Seduction” is the 2nd novel in the BEAUTIFUL Mess series. This novel brings with it more twists, drama, issues of faith, and some characters you’re sure to love to hate. But just like in Beautiful Volume 1, it will equally make you think hard about some of the life choices you make for yourself.
Sean &Shireece Willis is the married couple everyone has grown to love and aspire to emulate. Sean vowed to be the loving husband and provider his father never was. While Shireece was primped to be a submissive, loving, dotting wife, just like her mother. When Sean's unexpected job promotion takes him out of town for weeks on end, he’s thrust into confined quarters with a new Personal Assistant, Sasha M. Jones who is not shy about her desire to carry on more than a professional relationship with him. While he eagerly tries to impress his boss, he ignores his instincts about just how far Sasha will go to bed him. Will that decision cost him more than he’s willing to pay?
Meanwhile, a bored Shireece is exhausted simply twiddling her thumbs, playing housewife to an empty home. She decides to embark on a long set aside goal of her own. She hopes to prove beyond a shadow of doubt, that giving up her dream of a music career was the biggest mistake she ever allowed herself to be talked into. She begins secretly recording an album with the help of a longtime friend, Vito, while Sean is away on business trips. Will a mix of a late night recording session, a lonely wife’s confession and one too many glasses of wine shared between good friends turn into more than a love triangle?
Don't forget Qu and Tierra as she takes in the role of CEO of BaxwellEnterprisez per the late Mr. Baxwell request. Qu is in a quandary all of his own trying to decide how he will take his relationship with Tierra to the next level and show her how dear she truly is to him, without pushing her over the edge and back behind the shelter of her wall. All the while, this new duo is desperately on the hunt to discover who it is that is sending them videos of Qu’s accident. Does this mean it wasn’t an accident after all?
Find out who wakes up to a mystery house guest, who goes to jail, and who finds out they made a life-saving choice, in the sophomore novel of The Beautiful Mess Series, “Beautiful Seduction.”
DP: When did you first decide you wanted to become an author?
Kie: I first decided I wanted to become an author in 2003. I was a poet and singer at the time. But there was a part of me that wanted to share the trials I had encountered in my youth and adult life. So one day I sat down and decided to try my hand at writing.
DP: How did you decide on the idea for your first book?
Kie: Initially my first book was supposed to be my autobiography. But I found it more difficult than I had imagined to re-live those events in writing. So I kept writing and came out with Beautiful, which has bits and pieces of me and my life in every character.
DP: How long did it take you to write your first book?
Kie: It took me a long time to complete the first draft of Beautiful. It was about 2004 when I began writing, 2006 when it was first dropped. Then it was revised many, many times and lastly in 2011 under DiamondStar Entertainment it was re-released.
DP: Did you self-publish or are you signed to a publishing company?
Kie: I self-published. I am now with DiamondStar Entertainment, which is owned by my fiancée. At the time it was a music management company, but when I joined the company as A&R he also took me on as a client.
DP: How did you decide on the cover for your most recent book?
Kie: I wanted a cover that was unique and didn’t want to use stock art. So I talked to people back home and asked them to be the models for my novel. I wanted to represent the characters in the book, as well as get a visual of the synopsis. Beautiful Seduction is about desires, so I think I did well.
DP: Tell us about your writing style. Do you write on a schedule?
Kie: I do not write on a schedule. I work full time, as well as promote for others, and work part time as a Tracilynn consultant. I have a special needs child at home so I write whenever I have a spare moment - usually when I get home from work around 11 pm. This also means there’s a lot of re-writing, as that time of night after a long day of work doesn't leave the mind its most clear. But I’m able to also go to work early, since my main job is in the mall so I write there as well.
DP: What makes your writing unique?
Kie: I think what makes my writing unique, is that I do my best NOT to read a lot of books and try to write like anyone else. I want my books to be both entertaining and educational. I like to mix the genres - mystery, romance, and spiritual. I want them to be something the reader whether male, female, African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, or Asian can all relate to. I want to bring them to tears, have them laughing and yelling at the characters all at the same time. I'm not satisfied until that happens.
DP: As a writer, what motivates you?
Kie: My children. I want to leave them a legacy of going after your dreams. NOT QUITTING. There are so many roadblocks out there; they come. But we have to teach and SHOW our children that they can be anything they want to be. It is hectic, it is stressful, but perseverance does pay off.
I don't want to see my children struggle and not be able to help. I yearn for the day when I can truly give to them what they NEED, when they need it!
DP: How do you balance your writing and various responsibilities that come along with being an independent author?
Kie: It is very difficult to be self employed AND have a normal job. You can’t take a day off whenever you want. You have to work when you’re on the schedule. No matter if you have a big author show to go to, or an event where you would have maximum exposure. It’s very hard to balance, my creative needs and wants, with the bills that HAVE TO be paid. You have to do what you HAVE to do, until you can do what you WANT to do. My balance is in knowing one day SOON, I’ll be able to do those things I WANT to do, and they will take care of my family’s needs.
DP: When you’re not writing what are you doing?
Kie: I am always thinking about a story or the next book, or the book I’m currently writing. When I’m not actually writing, I’m also working hard for clients, or trying to sell my jewelry, or Working on getting SweetReadzBookStore open.
My plate seems to be always running over, but I always find a way to add more to it. I'm the type of person that does not just sit and talk about doing – I make it happen.
DP: What’s a typical day like for you?
Kie: I'm up at 6:30am Monday-Friday; sometimes earlier if my fiancé has to open at his job. 7:30 I wake up my son to get him ready for school. Some days I’m off to work at 7:30 and some days I’m home by 2pm. Some days I have to bring my niece to work at 9:30 then it’s back to home, or off to pick up my fiancée at noon. Our schedule is often ragged, as we have 1 vehicle and 4 people working plus one of those 4 are in school. It’s a lot of back and forth. Mondays are my “my boo day,” but I’m still up at 7 to get my son up and I still have to take my niece to work at 9:30. LOL yeah that’s my life, run run run!
DP: Tell us about your last book signing.
Kie: I have not done a book singing in a few years. My last one was in 2009, in Springfield, Massachusetts and included several poets, singers and was a huge success.
DP: Do you have contests or giveaways?
Kie: DSE (DiamondStar Entertainment) often runs contest for readers who send in the answers to the questions in the back of my novels. Readers who submit a picture of them with the book, or e-book cover, as well as those that submit reviews to amazon, my personal website, and FB page are often chosen to receive a free gift.
There are also giveaways at times, for answers to questions, or those who join our beta reading team (which is for people who review pre-edited manuscripts, for content flaws and story flow, before it goes to the editor)
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?
Kie: We ran A LOT of contests for Beautiful, and that seemed to get a lot of readers interested. When the book was available, they were eagerly awaiting it.
DP: What did you do on your 2nd book that you did not do in your first one?
Kie: I wish we had done as many contests for the second book like we did with the first one. We also did the beta readers with book two, so hoping their input paid off.
DP: If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, what would it be?
Kie: Research, review, re-read, get help, ask questions, don't RUSH....edit, edit edit and forgive yourself when you still find flaws after all that. Acquire THICK skin, don’t take poor reviews personal, they are that reader’s opinion.
DP: Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
www.createspace.com/3640556 - Beautiful
www.createspace.com/3690574 - Beautiful Seduction
DP: Please list any literary awards, honors, and book club affiliations.
Kie: Latina Author of the Year - Word on the Street 2012
Nominated New Author of the year 2008
Nominated Radio show of the year 2011