JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Ebonee Monique, author of Blitz
(Peace in the Storm Publishing)
Mia Robinson has worked hard to obtain an affluent lifestyle. With plenty of money in the bank, an impressive network of tastemaker friends, a booming real-estate business and a loving man by her side she is assured that she and daughter Brandi will never lack the finer things in life. However, when Brandi’s long-lost father mysteriously returns in their lives, Mia must work overtime to make sure a buried secret doesn’t resurface.
While Mia struggles with the decision to give Charles a child, she learns that her soon-to-be fifteen year old daughter is pregnant. Soon people began to whisper, friends turn away and social circles become smaller. Will the bombardment of the unexpected demolish Mia’s dream life or will this rags-to-riches, self-made tycoon rise to the challenge and maintain control?
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Blitz?
Ebonee Monique: I felt a need to showcase the fact that there CAN be redemption after a set-back. This story is for everyone who’s received the unexpected phone call or piece of news that completely pulled the rug from underneath their feet…and the aftermath.
I wanted to also show that even when you achieve every material desire…there will still be tests of your sanity, patience and-most of all-faith.
JP: What sets Blitz apart from other books in the same genre?
E.M.: I like to think of myself as the voice of my generation. I’ll only write about things that I know I can relate to or my peers can relate to; so you’ll never see me penning something just to make a dollar or to hop on a band-wagon.
My writing is vivid, and I like to pull you in from the beginning. I grew up admiring the likes of BeBe Moore Campbell, Terry McMillan, Pearl Cleage and Shenska Jackson, so I tend to write everyday relatable matter.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Blitz getting out to the public?
E.M.: I just like to always engage dialogue with the public. Since this book deals with so many layers (teen pregnancy, surrogacy, domestic violence, single mother-hood, etc.), I like to pose situations and questions so that people feel connected to the character.
I also try to stay as transparent as possible about the fact that, yes, I’m a writer…not a saint. I like to think that people feel connected to me AND my writing.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Blitz?
E.M.: I have to really have a great music playlist that makes me think of the book itself as I’m writing. With a great playlist, my home office and alone time…I can rule the world!
I generally know how the book is going to start and how it’s going to end. Everything else is a freestyle as I start to type. I don’t write anything down. It just flows.
Blitz started out as a short story…so I’d like to say from start to finish it took me about 7 months to complete the book.
JP: What’s next for Ebonee Monique?
E.M.: I am working on securing dates for my “Beauty & Books” Tour (the first one was held in Miami, Florida at VH1 reality star Myammee’s hair salon, Myammee’s Hair Spa). I have a great time interacting with my readers, while they are relaxing and what better place to connect than in a salon?
Also, I’m setting up my nationwide book tour. I’ll be in D.C., NY, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, North Carolina, Tampa and More! I’m also starting to write my 4th novel, due out 2012!