JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Nazirah Mottenon author of Another Part of Me
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Sexy, sassy Dana West has it all. A few cheating men, the mystery of her father, even the death of her mother is far from enough to tear this girl down. Shawn Thomas (Dana’s best friend) has had what some would call “a hard knock life”. In Shawn’s world, every time things seem as if they’re coming together, they fall apart. While Shawn struggles with the pressures of everyday living, Dana struggles with well…nothing…that is, until a twisted turn of fate turns Dana’s world upside down and Shawn’s world right side up, forcing both Dana and Shawn to discover another part of themselves.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Another Part of Me?
Nazirah Mottenon: With every life experience, I saw a story within a story. I always wondered what it would be like to put those stories on paper. I love to entertain, and I saw writing as an outlet to fulfill my passion.
JP: What genre would you put Another Part of Me in and why?
NW: Originally, I categorized Another Part of Me as Urban Fiction. However, seeing that people from all walks of life are buying and enjoying my book, I just simply label it Fiction.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Another Part of Me getting out to the public?
NW: Here are the keys to my success: I do not limit myself to who I think my audience is-I target everyone. I use every outlet that I can to promote and sell my book, such as doing book signings, interviews, sending out e-mail blasts, handing out postcards, hanging posters, etc. No matter how good your story is, no one will buy it if they don’t know that it exists.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Another Part of Me?
NW: I really don’t have a specific writing process. Whenever I feel inspired, which is usually late at night, I turn on my computer and let if flow. From start to finish, Another Part of Me took about one year to complete.
JP: What’s next for Nazirah Mottenon?
You can expect my second novel in June 2009.
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