JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Toye Lawson Brown, author of Nayla’s Dilemma – The Ends of Justice
(Books By Toye)
This book is about a Senior Prosecuting Attorney who is working a high-profile case involving a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge. Judge Henry Franklin suddenly finds himself the main suspect of his wife’s untimely death in Paris, France. Prosecuting Attorney, Nayla Smith, is on a mission to prove Judge Franklin was the mastermind behind the fatal accident and wants nothing more than to bring this man to justice.
Since Judge Franklin has status in the community and friends in high places, he feels he’s untouchable and maintains his alibi will be enough to prove his innocence. The more Nayla and her team of law enforcement agents dig into Judge Franklin’s past, she starts to unravel the Judge, causing him to take evasive action and start a personal counter attack on her.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Nayla’s Dilemma -The Ends of Justice?
Toye Lawson Brown: Nayla’s Dilemma is the conclusion to my first book, Obsessive/Obsession. The inspiration for the development of this story came from an actual investigation involving a few local judges and county commission officers.
Although, these individuals were not accused of killing their spouses or anyone, I decided to make it more interesting and put in my own spin. Also, I work in the legal field and have access to many brilliant brains to pick.
JP: What sets Nayla’s Dilemma-The Ends of Justice apart from other books in the same genre?
TLB: I set myself apart from other books in this genre by how I intertwined elements. I want readers to be able to place themselves as doing what one or more of the characters are doing. I want them to live the adventure and not just read about the adventure. I believe I accomplished that.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Nayla’s Dilemma-The Ends of Justice getting out to the public?
TLB: Self-promotion is hard and tedious. I hit the book fairs, did interviews. I had my family peddling my books to their friends. I gave away books as promotions to get myself noticed. Slowly, I started hearing people were reading this particular book and enjoying the storyline and asking when I would be writing more.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Nayla’s Dilemma-The Ends of Justice?
TLB: To start, I need a good idea. Working in the legal field, I have endless brains to pick. Also, talking with people gives me scenarios. It’s putting all those great ideas together to make it work that take patience.
I start with my basic idea and work on character development. Since this book is part of a series (The Lofton Family Series), the main characters were there already. I had to throw in supporting characters to work with or against them that took most of my character development in this book.
Second, I work on atmosphere. Will the book be dark, humorous, enlightening, or have a message at the end? Once I decide that, I let my creativity flow. I don’t care for cliff-hangers, so I make my endings clear for the reader. I would hate for the reader to feel they wasted precious time by having to wait a year or more to find out what happened.
All the main character’s adventures are wrapped up accordingly and hopefully the reader is satisfied and will want to read more on this series when available. I believe it took me about five months to finish this book. I wanted to make sure the story flowed consistently before releasing it to the public.
JP: What’s next for Toye Lawson Brown?
TLB: Currently, I am working on my sixth book. Ultimately, I would love to be able to do this full-time and devout all my time to writing and bringing enjoyment to my readers.
Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me. I hope I have garnered a few new readers.