JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Lesa Jones, author of Vexed
(La Femme Fatale)
The biggest problem women face in relationships is knowing when to hold on and when to let go. In some cases, there’s nothing left to hold on to. Vexed explores the lives of three women in three different stereotypical relationships: the loser, the abuser and the baller.
How much is enough to make a woman finally see the light and recognize that she is worthy of so much more? Will it be Alisha, Jennifer or Trustine that will walk away?
What would you do? Would you leave or would you stay?
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Vexed?
Lesa Jones: Vexed was based on woman that has been abused. I grew up in an abused home and witnessed what my mom went through and how my dad taunted her. My mom finally got out was the best thing for her and me.
Growing up with the abuse that my mom went through did play a big part in my life also. A child never forgets. As a teen going through it myself, I had first hand experience on what it really felt like.
JP: What sets Vexed apart from other books in the same genre?
LJ: I do write urban fiction, and I read a lot of books. With Vexed, I took a issue that many authors have written about, but I changed it up. Having three different women living three different lifestyle with different men but all had one thing in common, I didn’t stick to just one woman.
Most books I’ve read about an abused female lead character always showed her as poor or on drugs. I wanted to take the poor girl, the middle-class educated woman and a woman that had a successful husband and show that no matter what, this could happen to any woman.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Vexed getting out to the public?
LJ: Promoting, branding and marketing myself. I’m looking forward to book festivals and book signings. I’m promoting myself everyday by advertising myself on- and off-line.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Vexed?
LJ: My writing process changes overtime, and it also depends on what I’m working on. If I can get into my characters and the storyline, it will flow out. The shortest time I’ve wrote a book was a weekend and the longest I would say 2 to 3 months.
Don’t get me wrong, I have books I still haven’t finished because I’ve put it aside due to writers block or the need for more research.
JP: What’s next for Lesa Jones?
LJ: I have more to come. Vexed is not all I have planned for the future. I’m just getting started. My feet haven’t got all the way wet yet.
My book Vexed can be pre-order on Amazon.com, Borders.com, Barnes and Nobles and also my publishing home website http://lffpublishing.com/ Hope you all enjoy, Smooches!