Lashanta lives in Killeen, TX, with her husband and two children. She is pursuing a Bachelor s Degree in English at Drury University and also serving on active duty in the US Army. Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling, eating, and of course, writing. Her motto is strive to excel, not to equal. Lovely Lies is her debut novel.
About Lovely Lies
Makynzee has spent all of her life being dependent on people who've always disappointed her, especially her abusive mother. Everyone lies to her - her sister, her uncle, even her beloved father. When her mom strips her of her one true love, gymnastics, she's determined to find and maintain her independence. There's only one little problem...money. She sets out to find a job as a dancer at a gentlemen's club, but finds Kalil instead. With his looks, money, and charisma any woman would be crazy not to want him and Makynzee's no different. Falling for him fast she soon discovers some things just aren't adding up and Kalil may not be the man she thought he was. He wants to be with her and provide for her, but can he protect her? When a love-struck fan becomes obsessed and begins attacking and stalking Makynzee she questions Kalil's ability to be her protector. Makynzee has no idea who he is, where he came from, or why he's here, but he's determined to have her even if that means eliminating everyone she knows and loves. By any means necessary, right? She belongs to him and he's claiming what's rightfully his, no matter the circumstances. When truths are revealed, they threaten to tear Makynzee's soul apart and chaos becomes her life. Will she be able to escape this temporary insanity or will she become a permanent victim?
Name 3 things about yourself readers may not know
~ I love to sleep; I'm a grouch when I don't get as much sleep as I want.
~ I'm a big bag of water! I cry over the smallest things.
~ I'll eat almost anything...almost. I love food.
What is your biggest inspiration?
My family inspires me most. My husband's support means the world to me and my kids' innocence keeps me going.
What led up to you becoming an author?
I've always enjoyed writing. Being an author is something something that I never thought I'd do, but I knew was in me. I told a friend I would do it, she told me I wouldn't and here we are.
How would you describe your writing style?
I don't think I have a particular style, I just write what's on my mind...my imagination tends to go overboard sometimes.
What would you say is the most important thing an author should do before publishing his/her book?
Definitely research those that are where they are trying to be. If aspiring authors research successful authors they'll know that they need an editor, they'll know about scams within the literary community, etc.
If you could go back and change one thing about your book, what would it be?
Everything, LOL! I changed Lovely Lies a million times. Even after I sent it in to my publisher for editing, I was still making changes. I love the finished product, but hindsight is 20/20, so I'm sure if I had more time I would continue to make changes.
When you’re not writing, what are you doing?
Reading, sleeping, eating, or hanging out with my family. Lately, promoting has taken over as well. My hubby bans my phone, laptop, and iPad after a certain time, LOL.
How can readers and others in the literary community reach you?
Personal Site: www.lashantacharles.com
Publisher Site: www.delphinepublications.com
Facebook: Author Lashanta