Name Solease M Barner
Where are you from: Michigan
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Well, I married my high school sweetheart and we have one daughter. My dream job at first was becoming an attorney. In fact, my degrees from college are in Criminal Justice, but life happen. My love for writing poems, helped me out after being in a dark place in my life. Thinking that I would go back into law, I took one of the poems and created my first book in a trilogy “Secrets of the Ghosts-The Sleeper”. Now, I can’t see myself doing anything, but writing books. Writing have truly become my love. When I’m not writing, I’m reading and if I’m not reading, my time is spent with my family and close friends.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is I will have two books come out a month apart from each other!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing poems and short stories in grade school. Poems caught my attention and that’s where my focus stayed for some time. It wasn’t until my adult life I decided to write as a career. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made so far.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
LOL! I’m not sure. Let’s see, I know that I’m an author, but sometimes I still ask myself “Are you really an author”.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A poem I wrote called “Two Lives” inspired the first book “The Sleeper-Secrets of the Ghosts”.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t have a specific style of writing. Eclectic is the best way to describe my style. J I’m usually all over the place!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
With all my books, I usually let the story decide the title or name of the book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My books tend to show the importance of family. Everyone has good and bad times in a family, but the strength of the family is shown when they are face with adversity and remain a family. I hope my readers find that when they read my books, rather its romance, suspense or paranormal.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
J Some of the places I speak of in my book are real. The characters are sometimes based off of people I know, but for the most part its fiction!
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, it’s mostly fiction.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Oh, wow! There are so many books that have influenced my life, including my time in college. I take something away from each book I read fiction or non-fiction and try to learn something.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Ohh, really? I’m not sure, maybe William Shakespeare or Edgar Allen Poe.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Secrets Collide by Kathleen Brooks. I really enjoy her books, she’s one of my favorite authors.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes, I love new authors and reading their books. Recently I have found that I don’t look at the author of the book, I read the blurb and if it sounds good, I get it and read it. It’s turning out pretty good. I have some new books that have really entertained me!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently finishing the last book in Secrets of the Ghosts Trilogy and working on the fourth book in the Draglen Brothers Series, called Gemi. J I’m ending one, while continuing another, so it’s bittersweet!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see writing as a career and a way for me to express myself. Writing helps me share my thoughts and creativity with the world. I love it!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Oh that would be Layern bk 3 in The Draglen Brothers. I’m not sure if I would change anything, but I might have added a little more to his story.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here is a little tease from Gemi, he’s the romantic of the Draglen brothers and have recently become my favorite!
I looked at her as she watched in horror as my body falls to the ground in pain. I don’t care though, I will prove to them, I mean her no harm. As I’m carried away and she walks behind her elders, I can feel her hurting for me and that’s enough for me to get through any torture I’m about to endure. Gemi
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sometimes, the characters go in a direction I didn’t want them to go and it can be challenging to just let the characters write the story and not Solease. I hope that makes sense and you don’t think I’m nuts lol J
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have many favorite authors, but Maya Angelou is at the top of my list. She always had a way to make you think, open your mind to new ideas. Her writings are special to me and always will be.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Currently I haven’t had to travel a lot, but in the next year that will all change. I’m excited to meet some of my readers and meet new ones as well.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My book covers are designed by Patti Roberts who I call my heaven sent angel. She’s awesome. She works patiently with me until I’m happy!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was sharing it with the world. Sometimes, when I write, sharing it with others become a task. That’s why I have books unpublished.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
I will tell other writers, always write and never quit no matter what. Also don’t be so hard on yourself, you will have enough people to criticize your work.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would like to say, I appreciate my readers. I love the feedback I receive from them. The love that, is given about my books is amazing and I’m humbled that you/readers find joy in the worlds I create. Thank you for your support and I love hearing from reader always, so please contact me!!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book I read was a Sesame Street book about counting!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m a very emotional lady! I cry over movies books, or if I see someone else crying. It’s the same with laughter, someone else laughter makes me smile. I’m truly a person who always connect with others in that way. I hope this answered the question. I feel like it wasn’t answered well. lol
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Oh absolutely, I would love to meet the people who built the pyramids. The mystery behind them is fascinating to me, and the fact no one has been able to truly give answer on how it was built makes the curiosity reach new levels for my brain!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I’m don’t think of death, or life. It won’t matter when I’m dead what’s on my headstone, I’ll be dead and wouldn’t know.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Yes, I love riding bikes, painting and cooking!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a huge fan of NCIS, Scandal, The Originals, Game of Thrones, Reign, SOA and maybe a few more shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite food is anything Mexican, favorite color purple, and favorite music is soft R&B/Jazz
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
If I wasn’t writing, the criminal justice field would be my career I’m sure of it!
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Yes I have two websites/blogs
I’m also on Facebook, twitter and Google J
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