MoKisses was born in Virginia, but due to a military background, she has lived in Europe and many other states. MoKisses is currently a Human Resource Manager, but writing has always been her first love. She began writing poetry at the age of eight. During her teenage years, she evolved into writing short stories. Thicker Than Water is her debut novel, which she followed up with Blood is Still Thicker Than Water and finishing the series with Forever Thicker Than Water: My Brother’s Keeper. Aside from the above mentioned novels, she has other titles out as well. MoKisses continues to write daily and hopes to one have her novels transformed onto the big screen.
“WRITE! Silence all of the doubt and naysayers; write what is on your heart. Not everyone will love your writing. As long as you love what you have written, that is all that matters. “
BLAQVERSITY MAGAZINE: How did your journey as an author began?
MO’ KISSES: I began writing at age 8. I started with poems, then by my teenage years I wrote short stories and eventually I wrote my first book.
BLAQVERSITY: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue? Who motivated you?
MO’KISSES: Definitely. I knew I was a writer early in my life. I am motivated by so many people and authors before me that I cannot begin to name them all.
BLAQVERSITY: What are some of your favorite authors out right now?
MO’KISSES: My all-time favorites are Wahida Clark, Ashley Antionette, JaQuarvis, and Zane just to name a few.
BLAQVERSITY: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
MO’KISSES: Marketing has been the hardest since becoming Indie. It is very hard for me to market myself. I am not sure why. I am not a shy person and I am great with community speaking and things like that but I have a hard time talking about myself.
BLAQVERSITY: How many books have you written? What is your genre?
MO’KISSES: I have 5 novels published. I don’t have a specific genre. I try to write something for everyone. I love writing Street Lit, Urban Fiction, Drama but I also have inspirational stories too.
BLAQVERSITY: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
MO’KISSES: Each of my books has a different message. Most important message I believe is to be true to you. Know, understand, and love who you are. All of my books have very strong women in them because I think that is important.
BLAQVERSITY: Do you have any writing tips/suggestions for any new author who wants to write their book but doesn’t know where to start?
MO’KISSES: WRITE! Silence all of the doubt and naysayers; write what is on your heart. Not everyone will love your writing. As long as you love what you have written, that is all that matters.
BLAQVERSITY: Are you currently working on any new book projects? If so, when can we expect them to be released?
MO’KISSES: I am currently working on 7 (yes 7) books right now. I am hoping to have a few out by the end of the year. I write at a very slow pace because I am very critical of my work so I like to make sure it is to my liking before putting it out.
BLAQVERSITY: What does being an author mean to you?
MO’KISSES: Being an author means everything to me. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to have a book on my bookshelf with my name on it and to finally have that, it is an incredible feeling. It is proof that you can make your dreams come true.
BLAQVERSITY: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
MO’KISSES: I see myself writing full time, being able to dedicate more time to my writing. Hopefully I will be writing scripts and screenplays by then as well.
BLAQVERSITY: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
MO’KISSES: I think about it all the time. That is my ultimate goal.
BLAQVERSITY: If you could co-author with any author in the world, who would it be and why?
MO’KISSES: It’s so many! Niki Jilvontae, Ashantay Keys, Jas B, Ashley and JaQuarvis, of course Wahida Clark, just so many.
BLAQVERSITY: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author? Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
MO’KISSES: I use my social media mostly to market. It is very challenging for me but I have learned to use social media more than before.
BLAQVERSITY: How can readers connect with you and support you?
MO’KISSES: Facebook: Author MoKisses
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