JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Latin Temptress, author of The Encounter
Caught between two worlds: her husband yields great power but her lover promises true love. In losing her heart to one man and her soul to another, Bella finds herself. Will she triumph or will it be too late? Trapped in a web of betrayal and deception, Bella rises from the ashes and becomes head of one of the largest underworld empires. Will love triumph over power or will Bella lose her soul… Everything has a price, including love. Latin Temptress’ The Encounter is a journey that will capture your imagination and never let it go.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write The Encounter?
Ana Rodriguez: I was talking with an online friend one day. We were discussing the possibility of us meeting someday. He began to tell me about the different scenarios in his head, and I said “Hold on. These sounds like a good idea for a blog.” What started as a blog became a novel.
JP: What sets The Encounter apart from other novels in its genre?
AR: It has a storyline that captivates the reader from the very beginning. I am often told from readers that The Encounter succeeded in holding their attention from start to finish. I am an avid reader, and this was my goal: satisfy my customer with a great story.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The Encounter getting out to the public?
AR: Perseverance and promotion. I am constantly on MySpace and Yahoo360 promoting the book. I also send out bulletins, mass emails as well as contact book clubs, reviewers and street book vendors. During the warmer months, I sell my book at street fairs and festivals. My readers also help in spreading the word by forwarding all my information to the contacts on their address lists.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish The Encounter?
AR: I jot down everything that comes to mind. Different stories are always swirling in my head, so I write them down. When I’m on the move, I enter it into my Blackberry and store it. When I begin to piece a storyline together, I look back on my previous notes. The Encounter took me about a year to complete. I wanted to give the reader the best possible story I could. I don’t ever want to rush the process.
JP: What’s next for the Latin Temptress?
AR: Several! The Encounter will be translated into Spanish. There has been much interest from my Latin community. The sequel is also in the works. It was not planned, but every reader has asked for a continuation. I am obliged to my audience. I will also be showcasing at Book Expo America 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC on May 30th at the African American Pavilion.
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