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Name Shantee A. Parks

 Age 40

Where are you from Detroit, MI

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

Shantee’: I have my undergrad Business degree from University of Detroit Mercy and my graduate degree from Central Michigan University. I moved to Atlanta, GA in 2006. My husband and I have three beautiful children two girls and a boy. I enjoy travelling when I can.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Shantee’:  I started Posey Parks Publishing. I just released the first installment of Samantha Posey: Love Unfolded Samantha Posey 2 is in the editing phase. I just started writing Samantha Posey book 3.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Shantee’:  I’ve always been a journal writer just writing about my life. I found out early on I have a wild imagination and a friend of mine always wanted to hear my stories. Later I entered a writing contest in my senior year of high school and won. My teacher told me I should be a writer. I tried keeping up with writing while in college. Got discouraged by a friend and am still sitting on that story still till this day.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Shantee’:  When I started Samantha Posey Love Unfolded. The difference this time around is that I refused to give up. I wanted my story to be heard. When my business partner and editor was in the editing process she told me she had to make herself stop reading the book and focus on editing. Also letting people at work read snippets and they really liked it too and couldn’t wait for the book to come out. I then knew this book is great!


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Shantee’:  I thought about a party planning character and said let me see how much I can write. This was around Thanksgiving 2014 and when I started writing I couldn’t stop. This book contributed to so many late nights!

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Shantee’:  Yes freestyle. I think up the character and build as I go in my head. No Outline I just write. I’ve always written over the years but I never finished the stories. The book starts out like a movie in my head and my writing has to kind of catch up with it.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Shantee’:  I love the name Samantha. My very first book is about a character named Samantha Gramm. So I like to tell the story about a strong woman and build my characters around her. So her name is Samantha Posey and it’s about her love unfolding.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Shantee’:  Stand up for what you believe and never give up on love.


Fiona:
How much of the book is realistic?

Shantee’:  I think there a few parts that are realistic.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Shantee’:  No


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Shantee’:  Waiting to Exhale and Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Shantee’:  Dipping in Sin by DJ Parker on July 31st will be reading part 2


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Shantee’:  DJ Parker is an amazing writer, Michelle Hardin and Cristina Grenier


Fiona: What are your current projects?

Shantee’:  Samantha Posey part 3 (don’t have the rest of the title yet) On the Run (title may change) a Novella and two more new books later this year into the New Year


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Shantee’:  My friend Larita Brazil


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Shantee’: Yes I have so many books to put out I need to do this full time. I enjoy it that much!

 


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Shantee’:  I changed so much already no.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Shantee’:  In high school

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Shantee’: 

Excerpt from Samantha Posey 2

“Hey Nicki!”

“Why is she here in Samantha’s house?!”

“Nicki I know it’s a lot, but Samantha is gone.”

“I won’t believe that! I need to talk to you alone.”

Nicki looked at Holly when she said it.

“Holly I’ll be right back,” says Jacob.

“Nicki we can talk in my office.” 

What happened to Samantha and don’t give me that bull shit she drowned she’s a fucking avid swimmer,” she shouted.

“Damn it Nicki alright! Samantha and I were assassins and we were activated this last time without our knowledge. Our dads did this to us since we were ten.”

Nicki sat down in the chair.

“That’s why she can’t leave you alone,” said Nicki. 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Shantee’:  Knowing when to stop writing for the night. Always trying to get that next part of the story written.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Shantee’:  E. Lynn Harris wrote Invisible Life. His ability to tell the story and keep you totally engaged. It’s something I work hard at.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Shantee’:  Not yet but hope to in the near future.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Shantee’:  Combro from Fiverr


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Shantee’:  Ending the story. That’s why I had to write book 2.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Shantee’:  That you can truly do anything you put your mind to. I worked around the clock to write (2) 100,000 word novels. I worked a full time job and raised a family but I got it done.  Samantha Posey Love Unfolded came out July 22, 2015


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Shantee’:  Don’t give up. Write a little each day to get the book done.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Shantee’:  Yes I want them to fall in love with Samantha Posey and Jacob Latters. I want them engrossed in their lives and want to know as much as they can about them.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Shantee’:  12 million Black Voices by Richard Wright

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Shantee’:  My kids make me laugh. I love watching great romance movies

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Shantee’:  Oprah Winfrey

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

Shantee’:  She enjoyed life. Having fun.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Shantee’: Traveling and watching great shows on TV

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Shantee’:  Scandal, How to get away with Murder, Criminal Minds, Ray Donavan and Shameless on Showtime. Favorite movies Cruel Intentions, You’ve Got Mail and all the God Father Movies and Goodfellas

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Shantee’:  Lasagna Pizza and (Brownie Obsession from Fridays)/Orange/R&B, Hip Hop and New age Country

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Shantee’:  Be an Entrepreneur own my businesses

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Www.Poseyparkspublishing.com  

Amazon Authors page http://www.amazon.com/Shantee-Parks/e/B010I2LNP0/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

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