5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Naseera, author of Kidra

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Naseera, author of Kidra
(Keith Publications)

Kidra is about a woman who has had her destiny laid out for her the minute she was born. She is plunged into a world of Vampires, blood, lust, hunger and thirst, and the knowledge that she is Dracula’s daughter from Africa.

For the second time in her existance, she finds Micheal, a man that she has chosen to love for all eternity, but there is one problem. A  Vampire named Mattheu, that she rejected long ago, wants revenge for the pain and suffering her rejection of him has cost him.

Mattheu blames Kidra for his plight. If she won’t give herself willingly to him, Kidra will have no other. Mattheu has decided that Kidra’s death would be his satisfaction in spite of the fact that he is in love with her, too.

“I will always love you”…. Sometimes, we suffer because we love. There are different types of love… The love for what you have, the love for what you lost, and the love of what you want. Kidra has faced all of this. She has lived out her life in fear. In fear of wanting, yearning and desire, for all eternity.

With all her wealth, with all her powers, there’s the one thing she doesn’t have: the right to love and hold on to it. Mattheu, because she spurned him, will see to it that not only will she never love, but she must die to avenge his plight. He too suffers from love…..

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Kidra?

NASEERA: The fact that the only vampire movies of Blacks that I have seen has been the Blackula movies, Def by Temptation, Vampire in Brooklyn and Vamp. I then had to look at the genre as a whole and realized that the original version was about a Love between a man and his woman and the way that she died. None of the movies really touched on that.

I wanted to write a story that would bring everyone back to the original theme. This isn’t just about gore but about the one thing that Vampires are denied because they are damned, the one thing that has always compelled them: Love in its purest form. It truly is the one thing that they are denied, but it is also the one thing that they are trying to prove that they can have becasue it is the closet thing to what they used to be, which is being human.

JP: What sets Kidra apart from other books in the same genre?

N.S.: From what I can see, Kidra is the first book to be written about a blood-born daughter of Dracula from Africa. It is a love story of a woman who is fighting to keep close to her human roots and is not proud of being a Vampire. It is a told not from the point-of-view of the love interest, but from the point of view of the Vampire herself.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Kidra getting out to the public?

N.S.: Persistence, Prayer and trust in my ability to have the gift of words. Knowing that I do have a place in the literary world by presenting stories that are different and unique, then the genre that my works represent. For every word an author writes that is poignant, there is group that will read it.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Kidra?

N.S.: It took me eight months to write Kidra. It seem to take a life of its own once I started it. I was convinced from the start that this was gong to really be a good story. I really felt attached to the story and I am very proud of the work I have done.

JP: What’s next for Naseera?

N.S.: I love writing in the horror-romance genre, but I also like suspense romance as well. I have more titles coming forth in the horror genre. My Beloved Cursed is next and Til’ Death. For the suspense romance, I have Evelyn. Then there is a possibility of a Kidra Book Two.


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I would like to thank you, Joey, for the opportunity to be heard and medially exposed. You are a blessing.

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2 thoughts on “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Naseera, author of Kidra”

  1. I think this is a very interesting take on an old storyline that has possibly been forgetten if not overlooked. I had no idea that the underlying theme of the orginal story of Dracula was the fact that vampires were denied the capability of love.

    And Naseera’s right, there aren’t many readily available examples of Black Vampires beside the ones she quoted. In contrast, I’m sure there is a huge black readership for vampire fiction and non-fiction.

    In reading her interview, I actually watched Vamp with Grace Jones. It was cheesy, but nostalgic. Low budget, poor quality, yet… Mildly interesting. I am intrigued with Grace Jones, so when I saw that this movie has her in it, I watched most of it.

    I think as more readers see what she has to offer, they will begin to embrace the amount of work she puts into creating meaningful stories.

  2. I read your interview with interest. The only other really good series with a black heroine is L.A. Banks Vampire Huntress series. But I’m looking forward to adding this book to my 2012 list of books to read. Thanks for giving us more authors to support.

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