DJGBC Interview: Author Fabiola “The Art Of Deceit” & “Porn Stars”

DJGBC: Where are you from?

I am from Silver Spring Maryland, a place that will forever be dear to me. I love it there. There are so many different cultures, so many things to learn and enjoy. There’s no other place like it.

DJGBC: Tell us your latest news.

Porn Stars 2 was just released. I am really happy that I and my co-author came together on that one. It’s such a different story from the norm. Up next is Rebel’s Domain, which is very different from the novels that I have already put out. This one is more street, gritty, and dark. I can’t wait for people to read this one.

DJGBC: When and why did you begin writing?

THE WHEN –  I was in middle school. I had taken Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan from my aunt. I Bought Flyy Girl and what was once called Chocolate City by Omar Tyree, and Borrowed Street Players and Whoreson by Donald Goines from a friend. Once I was done with them, I knew that I wanted to do what they did. THE WHY- I was captivated by their ability to capture my full attention. I didn’t hear, see, or care about anything else. I just needed to get to that next chapter. I knew that their power was in their pens, and I wanted that power.

DJGBC: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a writer as soon as I picked up the red inked pen. I will never forget thumbing through the first chapter that I wrote and smiling. All of those words had just come out of my mind. It was amazing.

DJGBC: What inspired you to write your first book?

I have to laugh because I was obsessed with Poetic Justice at the time. I must have watched that movie 100 times when it first came on pay-per-view. I got in so much trouble because I ordered it over and over again. So after reading those four books and watching that movie, I went to work on my first book. It’s so funny because I remember my main character living in a mansion in the middle of South Central. Wow, I came a long way from that first one in middle school! I used my friends from school as Characters and weaved a story that even had the teachers reading, it felt great…even with all of the errors. (Smile)

DJGBC: Do you have a specific writing style?

My style is dramatic, it’s innovative, and I hope that it is different from anything you have ever read before. Having my own voice and style has always been at the top of my list and I hope to stand out every time. My style is my own and it begs to be different!

DJGBC: How did you come up with the titles?

For The Art Of Deceit, it just came to me. While I wrote, I watched the Flashing Lights video by Kanye West and listened to Sweet Revenge by The Spooks repeatedly. They inspired the title.

With Porn Stars, my co-author and I felt that the title was straight to the point. We gave more thought to the sub-titles. More than just moans for part 1, and The beginning of the end, for part 2. For part 1, we really wanted to let the readers know that beyond the lens, adult film star actors really are more than just people who have sex on the small screen. Part 2 just happens to fit the story line well.

DJGBC: Is there a message in you novels that you want the readers to grasp?

I always leave that up to the reader. I think of literature as art, and just like art, it evokes different reactions and emotions in people. I love hearing the different things people grasp from my work, and like my writing, opinions and messages are always diverse.

DJGBC: How much of your books are realistic?

There are a few situations that have happened but most of it is fiction. I do put quite a bit of myself in every character, yes, even the ones I don’t like too much. Like Shamika from The Art Of Deceit. I really don’t like her, but I must be honest and say that although I couldn’t see it as I wrote her, but as I went back and read the book, I saw myself in her. That is why I say that messages in books hit people differently. Because of writing such a character as Shamika, I was better able to see things in myself that I had to change.

DJGBC: What book are you reading now?

I am reading Jaded by Envy Red and Groove, Bang, and Jive Around by, Steve Cannon.

DJGBC: Are there any new authors who have grasped your interest?

I am not sure how new they are but Mack Mama, Aaron Bebo, Envy Red, T. P Miller, and Nika Michelle. Just to name a few. There are so many books that I see on Facebook that I want to read. I would also like to try some of Jade Jones and Young Lit’s work. I hear great things and I love that the young are writing.

DJGBC: What are your current projects

The most current is Porn Stars 2, The beginning of the end.

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

For me, it has got to be my friends and readers. I jumped in head first with The Art Of Deceit, and learned along the way. My friends and readers were the first to read it and love it.

DJGBC: Do you see writing as a career

YES, and that is why I strive to think outside of the box! I refuse to be stuffed in any box that I haven’t created on my own. I will touch multiple genres and branch out… leaving traces of me behind on every page.

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

No, not at all.

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

The words in those books! They pulled me in and wrapped themselves around me like a blanket. I forgot all my worries, forgot about the things that ail teenage girls, and lived within the boundaries of those pages and words. To read and to write a good story… there’s not better feeling.

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

Sure! Here is the synopsis for Rebel’s Domain.

The world is a dark, cruel place, and Scarlett fits right in. Trained by her father to steal, torture and kill, and ignored by her drug addicted mother, this little girl isn’t made up of sugar and spice. With a younger sister that is sliding deeper into street life and with a friend like Trixie, whose act of treason will send everything spiraling out of control. This killer, who is often armed with a machete, will be pushed to the limits.

At the age of 15, Scarlett gets her first taste of blood and is faced with a growing hunger for more, as she struggles to stay normal. When the consequences of a day at “work” with her father surfaces, Scarlett will lose the people who she loves the most. Now left alone to fend for herself, she must put all of her father’s training to use. The money is good, but when she finds herself tied up by one of her victims, everything will change.

Savannah thinks that she knows it all. Mad at the world and her father for not training her the way he did Scarlett, she sets out to surpass her sister. With only stolen lessons and a hot head, she takes the streets by storm. Recruiting a crew of street savvy friends, they use their bodies to lure in their mark. When a well thought out plan goes off track and the wrong person ends up dead, Savannah must turn to her sister for help. With a bounty placed on their heads, treachery will come into play.

Ramsey is the best at taking what he wants. Not a killer unless pushed, he prefers to make off with the cash. When orders come in to stick up a local drugs dealer, he meets a girl who will leave a lasting effect on him. Thoughts of her drain his days and haunt his nights. The last thing he expected was to become her mark.

Alliances will be formed and friends will become enemies as these rebels make their way through life. Some will survive the mayhem and some will fall as body’s litter the streets of the D.M.V.  WELCOME TO THE REBEL’S DOMAIN, WHERE MOST WILL BE SCARED FOR LIFE!

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

I tend to write scenes as I see them in my head. The ladies of ARC gave me some great advice in their reviews. I love to write in 1st person, but when doing so, your character is limited to what he or she may know. I thought that I could transition as I saw it in my head, like a movie, but in literature, it doesn’t work.

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

If I had to pick just one… Donald Goines. The funny thing is that I do not read much street lit these days but there is just something about his work that hits me like no other. I have read all of his book, some 7, 8 times like Whoreson, Street Players, Dope Fiend. His words turn into visions and the colors are just so vivid. No one does it like he does… NO ONE!!!

DJGBC: Do you travel much to promote your work?

No, on my to do list! That is very important!

DJGBC: Who designed your covers?

Her name is Mya Ayo. She is on Facebook. I drive her crazy but she gets it right. Like for The Art Of Deceit. I wanted something totally different. She sent me the cover that I have now and I didn’t like it at first. I slept on it, went on line and took my time to really look at what is was out there. I realized that no other book cover looked like mine. It was as different as I want to be…. I love it now!

DJGBC: What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part about writing period is writing! I work long hours and at times, my mind is on my book as my body tells me to go to bed. Most times… my mind wins.

DJGBC: Did you learn anything about writing your book, and if so, what was it?

I have learned so much about myself and the people around me. I have learned that not everyone will believe in you. This is where belief in self is most important. I have learned that beyond my failures, is redemption. I have also learned that being gifted is just that… a gift, and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Last but not least, I have acquired a deeper understanding of self. Never over-look the characters that are formed from your own mind. Most of the time, they are a reflection of who you were, are, or who may end up being!

DJGBC: Do you have any advice for other readers?

Yes! Stay true to who you are. Do not write based on fad! Write what is in your heart! Write what comes to you and not what others think that they want. Bringing 1 fresh roll to the table beats a whole loaf of stale bread every time!

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

I would like to thank each and every person who has ever bought a book that had my name on it. It doesn’t matter if you liked it or not, I am just happy you gave me a chance! I would also like to ask all readers to keep an opened mind when it comes to books, be unafraid to step out in the norn… you might just like what you discover!

Check Out These Facebook Pages By This Author:

http://facebook.com/Fabiola.Joseph3

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To Purchase Books By Author Fabiola Joseph Click On The Link Below:

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