JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
BlaQue, author of Exhale
(G Street Chronicles)
“Exhale” is a twisted look into the world of abuse. It touches many aspects of child, verbal, physical, drug and alcohol abuse all while living it through the main character, Butterflii Fields. We journey with her as she tries to overcome her tormented past and reach for a new future. Butta, as she likes to be called, finds love, only to have her love put to the ultimate test by way of her relationship with her only friend, Georgia.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “Exhale“?
BlaQue: I created “Exhale” with the children who are afraid to go home because of the abuse they suffer behind closed doors. The little girls, more specifically, who are pushed to the point of no return and have no choice but to fight their way out. They were my inspiration.
JP: What sets “Exhale” apart from other books in the same genre?
BlaQue: What sets “Exhale” apart from other books in its genre is that it is gritty. It is told in a fast paced manner that grabs you from the first paragraph. You go through so many emotions with Butta while she endures abuse, that you want to reach out to her and love her. You are rooting for her to prevail the whole time, but will she is the question!
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “Exhale” getting out to the public?
BlaQue: I have to say the keys to my success is my determination to make the readers feel something every time they turn the pages. I am a reader first and an authoress second. I love a book that shakes me up, and I tried to shake up the readers with “Exhale”.
I have a great publishing family behind me who pushes me and challenges me to bring nothing but my ‘A’ game! George Sherman Hudson and Shawna Grundy believed in a sister, and I am so thankful.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “Exhale”?
BlaQue: I have no process! As crazy as it seems, I write by the seat of my pants so to speak! I name my characters, and they tell their own stories! I go with the flow. It took me roughly four hours to write “Exhale”.
JP: What’s next for The Authoress BlaQue?
BlaQue: I am always working! “Dirty DNA” my full length novel will be coming soon! I am also putting the finishing touches on a short story titled “Bait and Snatch” as well as a few other full length novels. I really want to write a novel alongside my sister in scribe Marie A. Norfleet.
I wanted to thank each and every person who pushed me to write (my mom, dad, friends and family). I also want to thank every person who purchased “Exhale”. It means so much to me that people are reading and enjoying the book! I am humbled by the response.
Last but definitely not least G, Shawna, the entire G Street Chronicles crew and the Goon Squad, thank you for believing in me.