Lady K was born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. As the youngest of two, she was always a very outgoing and charismatic person. Her love for writing came at an early age, keeping journals and writing short stories just for leisure. As an avid reader, she tried her hand at writing her own novels in college and has been writing ever since. She is new to the literary world and plans to learn and grow as much as she can to become a better writer.
Lady K’s titles include: Heiress to the Throne and Heir to the Throne: Quan's Chapter
About “Heiress to the Throne: Quan’s Chapter”
Quan is back and the drama continues as he sets his heart on avenging the death of his mentor, the East Coast’s most powerful drug dealer, Big D. He teams up with the son to the head of the Columbian cartel, Este’ban Ortiz, who is back with plans of his own. He gives Quan an offer he can’t refuse – to carry on Big D’s empire. But things take a turn for the worst once Quan realizes he made a deal with the devil. He soon learns of the consequences that come with being the head of a drug empire when his business takes a hard hit and promises are broken and lives are at stake. Follow Quan on his quest for the truth and revenge in this twisted tale set in the gritty streets of Philadelphia, where friends become enemies and old enemies return to settle some unfinished business. Can Quan hold it together long enough to find out the truth, or will he fall victim to his own game?
DP: When did you first decide you wanted to become an author?
Lady K: I honestly never thought about becoming an author. I wrote stories just for fun. I supported an author I seen selling her books on the streets one day and just on a whim I sent in a manuscript to the publisher. They contacted me the next day.
DP: How did you decide on the idea for your first book?
Lady K: My first book started out as an idea I had for a movie. I sat down and started outlining the scenes and the script and it kind of turned into a book.
DP: How long did it take you to write your first book?
Lady K: It took me about six months to complete my first novel.
DP: Did you self-publish or are you signed to a publishing company?
Lady K: I signed with a publishing company.
DP: How did you decide on the cover for your most recent book?
Lady K: I didn't have too much artistic control over my cover. My publisher handled it for the most part but I was able to give my ideas and input.
DP: Tell us about your writing style. Do you write on a schedule?
Lady K: My writing style is usually me sitting in front of the computer and just going. I'm more of a visual person so I do like to outline the story and what happens. But for the most part everything is in my head and just flows once I get in my zone. I try to write at least three chapters a day.
DP: What makes your writing unique?
Lady K: I think what makes my writing unique is that I don't like to give the readers everything all at once. I like to make them work for it by getting into the book and paying close attention to the little details that they may feel are irrelevant at first. I like to write with a lot of action and suspense to keep the readers’ attention.
DP: As a writer, what motivates you?
Lady K: What motivates me are my ideas. Sharing my thoughts and my stories with the world whether they like it or not. I'll get an idea and I just have to write it out. I won't feel complete until it's done.
DP: How do you balance your writing and various responsibilities that come along with being an independent author?
Lady K: Balancing my personal responsibilities and my writing is something I'm still trying to figure out. There really aren't enough hours in a day. I'm willing to sacrifice sleep until I find the answer.
DP: When you’re not writing what are you doing?
Lady K: When I'm not writing I'm spending time with my children and family, running my production company, or planning events. But even when I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing. Whether an idea came to me in a middle of a meeting or I saw something throughout the day that I thought would be a good addition to my idea – writing is somehow always on my mind.
DP: What’s a typical day like for you?
Lady K: A typical day for me would be non-stop. Getting the kids ready in the morning, rushing off to work. On my breaks I'm having phone meetings or booking signings. Stopping by book stores, promoting my book: passing out fliers, promoting on social networks, etc. Meetings, following up with people for events. Thinking of new ways to get my name and book out there.
DP: Tell us about your last book signing.
Lady K: My last book signing was this past weekend at the Literary Joint Bookstore in Forestville, MD. It went well. I do signings at this store often.
DP: Do you have contests or giveaways?
Lady K: I love doing contests and giveaways. There is always a contest at the end of my novels. I had one contest already where the winner will receive a free copy of Quan's Chapter once it hit the shelves. At the end of my new novel there is a contest as well.
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?
Lady K: I'm still learning how to overcome these challenges. As a new author all I can do is be the best I can be and perfect my craft. It is challenging to have a reader choose your book over a well-known author but it's not impossible. All I can do is connect with the readers I do have and get myself out there to connect with other readers and promote my books as much as possible.
DP: What did you do on your 2nd book that you did not do in your first one?
Lady K: Unlike my first novel, in my second novel, I wrote from each character’s perspective. To me it read better and it gave off more of a movie feel. I thought the readers would appreciate a piece of the story from each characters point of view instead of just the main character.
DP: If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, what would it be?
Lady K: If I could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, it would be to definitely do your research on the book world. I'm learning so much as I go along but I do feel had I been more prepared, I would have known what I needed to do and what to expect. I would also say to keep writing. Even when you're out promoting one novel, think ahead and prepare for your next novel. Readers don't like to wait and with new authors coming out of the wood works every day, you want to always stay relevant.
DP: Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
Lady K: Readers can purchase a copy of my first novel: Heiress to the Throne through my website: www.authorladyk.com. I will autograph and mail a copy out personally. Readers can also purchase my novel on Amazon or Barnes and Nobel and select bookstores:
Horizon Books (Phila)
Ninth Street Bookstore (DE)
The Literary Joint (MD)
My second novel Heir to the Throne: Quan's Chapter is available on Kindle. It will be in book stores and available on Nook 1/18/13.