Name : Felisha Antonette
Age : 26
Where are you from : Chicago, IL
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc :
I’m a young adult and new adult romance author! I’ve been writing for years, starting with poetry and songs, it was four years ago I moved on to novel. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and creative writing, which both I enjoyed learned greatly! My daughter, mother, and I moved to Arizona about a year ago and I’m pretty sure I don’t like here. *Chuckles* The natives say it grows on you, though, I doubt it.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Fun, fun, and fun. I have a paranormal series releasing soon and I’m doing something a bit different, releasing TWO books at one time! I plan for an entire five book series to be live between October of this year and April of next year. I’m doing this so my readers won’t have to wait YEARS before they’re able to complete a series.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Professionally, I started writing in 2015. As a hobby, I started writing when I was 8. I’ve always been writing, as long as I can remember, there’s peace in it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer when I published my first book. I know most people would say, “you’re a writer when you start writing”. Okay, I get that. But publically, telling someone I’m a writer, I didn’t say until after I had something for the public to read.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
There was no inspiration. One day, I just took the laptop on my lap and a story started pouring out. Nothing told me to write it, nothing and no one suggested I use my imagination and create some magnificent story with it. It all kind of just happened.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
When I started writing, I didn’t. But now I do because there are way too many stories going on in my head. I’m often writing two to three stories at a time, while I’m editing one to two other stories. Because of all this, and my brain moving at 350 miles per hour, I make prompts and outlines for each story. I literally write down pages of ideas and characters for each story that comes into my mind, so that when I knock out one story, I can start another.
I writer to get the story finished, and then I take a week or two break from it, before going in for editing. I probably read one of my books, like, fifteen times through the entire editing process, including when I send it to the editors. It’s all well and fine until I have to slaughter the story to get it perfect.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Oh, the dreadful titling.
If I get the story before I get the title, I’m wedged between a rock and a hard place. At one point in the last two years, I started getting titles without stories. When this happens, I jot them down, (You do not want to see this list *shakes head*) and I now match the story with the title. Most times…
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is a message in all my books, most readers seem to grasp. In one, I encourage readers to trust God loves you despite who you are or what you are. This same series, shows are you should accept people for who they are and not discard them people their different from you or not who you want them to be.
Another story’s message is forgiveness. I have a main character who pushes another main characters to the limits, even tried to kill him. But, he forgives her, every rip!
And then I have some zombies tearing up the world. The message in this series is, you can’t expect intruders to care about something we (humans) do not.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I try to keep my stories as far away from being based on people I know as possible. There’s only one book that I include elements of my life and I haven’t published it and am a bit skeptical of publishing it.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Collen Hoover. She isn’t my mentors, per say, but CoHo gives some amazing advice and encouragement. She seems to have a way to relate to everyone and cares. I like that about her.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
The only new author that has caught my attention is actually a friend (so I’m really being bias) her names Latanya Hawkins. She doesn’t have a book out yet, but I’ve been privileged to read her stories and they are amazing. She strives to be different, writing outside the box, things most commercial authors do not think about writing. Can’t wait to help her introduce her work to the world.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Oh my gosh! My readers! I was surprised to see my support system of readers stand behind me through a lot I had went through. There are truly some great humans out there and if I could hug all of them I would.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely! That’s what I’m striving for, making writing my full-time career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Hmm, in the last book…? No. I wrote it that way for a reason. It’s what worked at the time. And ranking 4-5 stars makes me think it’s pretty good!
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I don’t actually. Wait, yes I do! I was a kid, my grandmother on my mother’s side brought me a pack of hardback journals. One was filled before the night was out. And I hadn’t stopped since. So, maybe that’s where it originated. I’m not exactly sure. I just remember loving writing, and it progressing as I got older.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure. I have two WIPs. Vague Perception, which is a spin off from my Blind Trust book. Told in dual POV, my main characters battle with reuniting with the past.
Another is Fly Before You Fall Away, a YA Contemporary. I tried, TRIED, really hard to not have any romance in this book. I made it two 40K out of 60K before their attraction to each other started kicking. I really wanted this book to be about friendship, but the characters often steal the story from me and I have to write what they want. *Shrugs*
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Not yet. The challenge comes in when I’m editing. There are things I want in the story that don’t necessarily move the story forward, and when this happens it’s best to cut it out. I HATE chopping up my stories…
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Nope. And just to note, I hate traveling. I see this being a problem when I start going to events. *Laughs*
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have three go to designers.
For my New Adult novels – Okay Creations
For my Young Adult PNR – Pink Ink Designs
For my YA Sci-fi – Mayhem Cover Creations
All three ladies are amazing!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part is arguing with my characters. I say go right, they want to go left. I tell them not to love, they tell me they’re going to them regardless of what my notes say. The actual writing process comes very easy. Oh, writers block often kicks in when I’m trying to get story finished. But when this happens, I move on to another story.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead.
For my book Four Times Broken, I’d like Cara Delevingne as my main character Tracey.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just Keep Writing (In my Dori Voice).
Never compare yourself to other authors.
Write what you want to write not what you think readers want to read.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To All my readers, thank you and I LOVE YOU with all my heart! I couldn’t continue doing this if it weren’t for you all!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Confess by Colleen Hoover
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Oh gosh, no. that was far too long ago, and over a hundred books ago. *Laughs*
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I have a very good sense of humor and just about anything can make cry. I accidentally laugh at I shouldn’t and people stare at me like I’m being rude. That’s not it at all. I just find everything funny.
Just as I can laugh at much, unfortunately a lot makes me cry too. I can’t pin point one single thing, but I cried through Miracles from Heaven and when the shooting happened in Miami.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Jesus. He’s the only one. Well… I’m sure the why is obvious. He’s awesome.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Feared being average. Hating being normal. A great mother, a loving daughter, and an amazing writer. 1990 – Forever
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I don’t. I do however have a full-time job, I’m a full-time Mom, and a full-time family taker carer. <I made that up.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m really hooked on MTVs Catfish and NBCs Shark Tank. I’ve seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory more times than I can count. And I’ll watch any movie Sandra Bullock plays in. My fave is Practical Magic.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorite food… That is a good question. I don’t really have a favorite. My favorite color is orange. And my favorite music is all! I can’t function without music!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Environmental Specialist. I think…
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Sure do! It’s www.felishaantonette.com
Link to my books via my site : http://www.felishaantonette.com/books/
Amazon Author Page : https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HN88DGU
It was amazing kicking back with you Fiona! Thank you so much for having me!