Lady K’s most titles include “Heiress to the Throne” and the sequel, “Heir to the Throne: Quan's Chapter.”
About “Heir to the Throne: Quan’s Chapter”
Quan is back and the drama continues as he sets his heart on avenging the death of his mentor, the East Coast’s most powerful drug dealer, Big D. He teams up with the son to the head of the Columbian cartel, Este’ban Ortiz, who is back with plans of his own. He gives Quan an offer he can’t refuse – to carry on Big D’s empire. But things take a turn for the worst once Quan realizes he made a deal with the devil. He soon learns of the consequences that come with being the head of a drug empire when his business takes a hard hit and promises are broken and lives are at stake. Follow Quan on his quest for the truth and revenge in this twisted tale set in the gritty streets of Philadelphia, where friends become enemies and old enemies return to settle some unfinished business. Can Quan hold it together long enough to find out the truth, or will he fall victim to his own game?
UBAWA: When did you first decide you wanted to become an author?
Lady K: I never really decided, the opportunity presented itself. I never spent years circling a manuscript to different publishers or set being published as a goal. I took the opportunity when it knocked.
UBAWA: How did you decide on the idea for your 1st book? 2nd book? 3rd book, etc?
Lady K: My first book started off as an idea I had for a movie. I started outlining scenes and writing the script and it was turned into a book. My second book is a spin-off of the first, diving deeper into the life of one of the main characters.
UBAWA: How long did it take you to complete your first book? What was the process like?
Lady K: It took me almost seven months to complete my first novel. The process was demanding. I didn't want to keep my publisher waiting too long for a completed story.
UBAWA: What’s so rewarding about writing books and being an author?
Lady K: The rewarding part for me is just having people reading my work. Whether they give it five stars or one. My reward doesn't come in the form of money or trying to outshine anyone else. For me it's just someone being able to go into a store or on a website and actually read my thoughts and ideas...sharing my stories with the world. To me that's priceless.
UBAWA: Was there ever a time you felt like giving up?
Lady K: Oh yes. The book world is a whole other beast. It gets challenging at times and there were times where I felt like giving up. But when you love what you do you can never really let it go. You just have to step back, take a breath, and go at it again.
UBAWA: There’s more to being an author than writing a book. How do you manage to handle the business side of things?
Lady K: Handling the business side of being an author is a lot to take on. I'm thankful to those around me (family/friends) who support me and help with this. My publisher handles a lot of the stress as well.
UBAWA: Do you have an editor or do you edit your own books?
Lady K: I am signed to a publisher so what I submit is edited. But I like to edit it before it goes to the editor. I want it to be as correct as possible before I submit it.
UBAWA: Who does the cover art for your book(s)?
Lady K: My publisher is in control of the art work for my novels though I do give suggestions and ideas.
UBAWA: Do you ever encounter writer’s block? How do you get past it?
Lady K: Yes. I had a real bad case of writers block with my first novel. I found that once I walked away from it, even if it was for a day, and come back to it, my thoughts always seemed to pick up where I had left off. Sometimes I have a couple of ideas and I'm not sure which way to go with it, I just take a break from it and don't look at it or try not to think about it for a little while. Once I come back to the computer, it then seems to flow
UBAWA: How often do you write?
Lady K: I write everyday. I try to write at least three chapters a day.
UBAWA: Tell us about your last book signing.
Lady K: My last book signing was this past weekend in Maryland. It went well. I do signings at The Literary Joint Bookstore in Forestville often.
UBAWA: Beside social media, what other methods are you using to get the word out about your book(s)?
Lady K: Beside social media, I try to get the word about my book out there by hitting the streets and talking to people. I pass my fliers around, leave them in hair stores, barber shops, food stores, and just about every place I can find that is willing. I also try to get involved with different book clubs, going into the schools and talking with children about my novel. I throw my own events and sometimes set up a table with my books on it. But I like getting out to the streets, you never know who you're going to meet.
UBAWA: As a Woman of Color, what inspires you the most?
Lady K: What inspires me the most are my children. They inspire to keep reaching for my goals so that they can have a better life filled with the things they deserve.
UBAWA: Who is your biggest influence?
Lady K: My biggest influence would be the authors I read growing up that made me want to try my hand at writing. Omar Tyree, Erick Jerome, Dickey, Sista Soulja, R.L Stine
UBAWA: Have you ever done something in the past you regret? How did you get through it?
Lady K: Yes. Take it as a lesson and move on. Learn from it, therefore it won't be repeated.
UBAWA: How do you get through the tough times in life when life throws what it throws at you?
Lady K: When life throws me curve balls, I usually try to fight my way through it. I'll either write it out or a nice talk with a good friend usually does the trick. But the key is to keep pushing through it.
UBAWA: What is one goal you want to accomplish for yourself in 2013?
Lady K: One goal I want to accomplish for 2013 is to get my name out there as an author. I also want to have my vision of Heiress to the Throne come to life in a movie. That would be awesome!!
UBAWA: What do you have planned next?
Lady K: My second novel was just released so I plan to do some more signings and promoting. I'm currently working on my third novel which will be out in Spring of this year. I plan to keep writing and focusing on becoming better at it.
UBAWA: How can readers and others in the literary community reach you?
Lady K: I'm on all social networks
Facebook: Author Lady K
Readers can also reach me through my website:
www.authorladyk.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I always respond.