JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Madison, author of Scattered Lies
(Influential Writers Publishing)
(One of the first ten people to comment on Madisonâ€™s author interview will win a FREE copy of Scattered Lies from JoeyPinkney.com)
Scattered Lies grabs your attention with its cover. The shattered glass and the reflected images are representative the stories plot. It presents a different approach from the regular contemporary hood dramas.
Denise, Gabrielle, Morgan and Tony are four characters on different life paths that deceit brings together through a complicated chain of unpredictable events. Their decisions will sometimes prove we will do anything for self preservation. When it comes to personal happiness, nothing is sacred.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Scattered Lies?
Madison: A few years back I was on a trip with a group of friends. One night we decided to have an “interventional dinner”. A lot of things were revealed, some were hurtful and others were shocking.
Thatâ€™s when I realized we live in a world full of “scattered lies”. Many of us have been lied to all of our lives, some were intentional and some werenâ€™t.
JP: What sets Scattered Lies apart from other novels in its genre?
Madison: Three of the main characters are people of substance who have accomplished many things but still struggle with the same problems that we all face in their pursuit of ultimate happiness.
In addition, it also exposes how the people we love and trust are the ones that will hurt us the most. The people in Scattered Lies all have so much more living and growing up to do. Readers will want to see how these characters eventually prevail.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Scattered Lies getting out to the public?
Madison: One thing Iâ€™ve learned in order to be successful: you canâ€™t do it alone. Anything you do in life, you must give it a hundred percent. Also, you must be able to accept constructive criticism.
We are so passionate about our work that itâ€™s hard for us to see something through someone elseâ€™s eyes. It is the only way to get an unbiased perspective. Most of all, you must believe in yourself and allow your work to speak for itself.
When I decided to go public with Scattered Lies, I made sure I had a â€œrealâ€ people around me. I sent my manuscript to several people of different ages and races and asked them to give me there honest opinion.
I must be honest, most of them thought it was a â€œgood readâ€ while one or two suggested I tone down the profanity. I had to ponder the suggestions regarding profanity, however, once I saw it through their eyes I toned it down.
Although Iâ€™m still learning the key to success, once thing is certain, you must have patience, motivation and support system.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Scattered Lies?
Madison: I started developing the story years ago. At first, I brushed if off because I wasnâ€™t sure if I could develop a good read. As time went on, I started jotting down ideas. I incorporated things that were around me into a story.
Then a friend of mine, Antoine Inch Thomas told me I needed to develop an alter-ego. He instructed me to go deep into my, thoughts.
JP: What’s next for Madison?
Madison: To be honest with you, I really donâ€™t know whatâ€™s next for Madison. In addition, to writing the sequel to Scattered Lies and another novel, Iâ€™m currently working on achieving my Masterâ€™s in Public Administration. I just try to take it one day at a time and count my blessings.
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