JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Kev Minton, author of Moonlight Over Paris
Monique Paris Stevens works in an investment corporation, but she spends her nights performing in the clubs where record executives scout for great talents. She wants to become a successful singer and that is what her heart whispers to her every day. She can set the crowd on fire with her voice and soften a heart through her songs.
Her father, hopeful and confident, encourages her to achieve what she really longs to become. But when things go awry for her, everything changes dramatically. Left by the one person she can call family, losing her job, and failing to grab the chance at a better career, Monique suddenly feels hopeless and miserable.
Crumbling to the odds given by time and circumstance, she doesn’t know what to do and whom to cling to. Will Monique find the strength to start her life again and hold on to her dream to find happiness?
A compelling story about life and love, of sacrifice and commitment, of hardships and failures, of pain and emptiness, of hope and courage. This inspiring novel will bring readers to a world where dreams, aspirations, burn like fire and making those dreams come true is what you live for.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Moonlight Over Paris?
Kev Minton: I work as a bouncer at Nell’s a world-renowned night club in New York. We had one of the best open mic nights in the city and A&Rs would come past all the time. Some careers started at Nell’s through the open mic. I wanted to tell a story that paid all of those artists that strived to get a record deal.
JP: What sets Moonlight Over Paris apart from other books in the same genre?
K.A.M.: Not many male writers can get the intricacies and flavor of female lead characters. I took that challenge to heart and made it work.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Moonlight Over Paris getting out to the public?
K.A.M.: The hustle of book fairs, word of mouth, social networks, going into the books stores trying to get it on the shelves. You have to get out on the pavement and put in the time.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Moonlight Over Paris?
K.A.M.: I write daily for at least two hours. I started out as a screenwriter. That is my passion as well. I wrote this book in about five months, but that’s because I’m not a full-time writer as yet.
JP: What’s next for Kev Minton?
K.A.M.: My next book is called “by their Fruits”
my website is http://www.kaminton.com
I have a myspace but I haven’t been there in so long. My God, I can’t even tell you what that one is.
I love the craft, and I’m learning more everyday about being a complete writer.