JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Kanika Reese, author of Disillusion
(Nu Cherte Publishing)
Nestled amongst the drama that unfolds in their lives, Haelo and company find themselves shifting away from their goals and dreams. Will Tarion ever be able to forgive himself for the destructive path he paved? Can Haelo bear the true meaning of her name? The Universe provides pertinent information -if only they choose to listen.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Disillusion?
Kanika Reese: Life gave me the idea and inspiration for writing Disillusion.
JP: What sets Disillusion apart from other novels in its genre?
KR: The characters in Disillusion tell their own story the way they want to tell their story, the way that it really is and the way they see it through their own eyes. Nothing in Disillusion is sugar coated. Lots of issues that we as humans don’t want to face are well pronounced in this novel. Haelo Barring, Tarion Anderson and Ms. Anderson pull you into their world and make you pay attention not only to them but to your inner-self. This sets Disillusion apart from other urban fiction novels.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Disillusion getting out to the public?
KR: As an author, it took determination, persistence, a thick skin, networking, hours and hours of researching and totally believing in me as well as my manuscript. For some reason, when I decided that writing Disillusion was what I was supposed to be doing, everything fell into place. At the time, I may have thought that the entire world was landing on my shoulders. I had to hold it up by myself, but now looking back, everything happened for a reason.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Disillusion?
KR: It took me nine months to complete the manuscript for Disillusion. I committed to the entire project and prepared for it mentally and physically while promising the Universe if this is what I was supposed to be doing then I’d make it happen. No matter what I was going through or what I ended up having to do to get things done, dedication worked.
I normally begin my writing process in the evening and dedicate 2-3 hours Monday through Friday and 2-3 hours in 2-3 increments on Saturday and Sunday. Once the story begins the words come easily. It’s just a matter of typing them out. I constantly keep a spreadsheet of my progress including but not limited to, date, starting word count, ending word count, words typed, page number, chapter titles etc…so that I can actually see my progress. That also keeps me going.
JP: What’s next for Kanika Reese?
KR: Right now, Kanika A. Reese is enjoying the accomplishment, promoting Disillusion and three fourths finished with the final sequel Disillusion Too? I am also in the process of finalizing dates for book signings, locations and writing workshops.
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