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Please welcome Ayesha Shoulders to the blog. She is a new to us author and we are first going to start of with our interview and then you can take a look at the books she currently has out.
1. Hi Ayesha! Tell our readers a little about yourself and what stories you write?
I’m a go-getter who is not afraid of a challenge! If you want to try a new roller coaster that has a high drop, then I’m the one you want to call. However, in all honesty, I’ll also be the one gripping your arm the entire way up telling you how scared I am…but I’ll still get on! J
In addition, I’m passionate about writing jaw-dropping contemporary fiction that leaves behind a message to inspire readers. I want my books to reside with a reader well beyond the last chapter.
2. What Genre would you consider your books a part of?
My first book When it’s Time to Walk Away is contemporary women’s fiction; however, I tapped into my romantic side when I wrote my latest novel When Love’s Knot Enough. This book is contemporary romance and I look forward to writing more as a romance writer.
3. Indie writing is becoming extremely huge of late, tell us about your experience?
I had self-published my first novel, and I’m glad that I did. It gave me the opportunity to experience publication from a managerial side. I had to make time for a lot of research before making final decisions, which has equipped me with the experience I need today to promote myself as an indie author. Thus far, I have no complaints. I’ve been fortunate to have made some wonderful connections that have produced great networking opportunities with other authors, book clubs, and author appearances.
4. Why take indie author route? It allows me to take a more leadership role in the success of my books. The success of my books lies tremendously on the platform that I build and the outreach that I’m able to accomplish through promotional efforts. If you’re not ready to become a business owner, since this is your business, then the indie route may not be for you.
5. Are there any of your characters that you relate to? I relate mostly to my characters Eboni and Shellie from When it’s Time to Walk Away. Shellie always put everyone else’s needs and problems before her own. She was even blindsided when her best friend, Strandra Wilcom, from her childhood tried to use her in a plot to steal their friend’s husband (you’ll have to grab the book to see what happens!!). I too encountered those same experiences with others, but as I have matured from life’s experiences, my thought process has changed. I’ve transitioned into someone more like Eboni’s character. Eboni was my strong-willed character in my book. Yes, she faced challenges in her family, but she never allowed those issues to break her down. She knows who she is as a woman and remains true to those standards regardless of what she had to face in the book.
6. Tell us about your most recent release When Love’s Knot Enough.
I truly enjoyed writing When Love’s Knot Enough. My lead character Mariah has it all on the outside, but on the inside she has the deepest insecurities about marriage. She has been married twice before and has no desire to walk down the aisle again. Her family feels she needs to let go of these insecurities and move on with the man of her dreams. However, Mariah just doesn’t seem to be able to shake it, which ultimately leads to her making decisions that could be costly for her relationship in the end.
7. Outside of the blurb, what can we expect from Mariah & Isaac?
Hmmm…without giving away the ending, readers can expect to go on an adventure with Mariah and Isaac as they expose their innermost feelings in this love story. You’ll experience joy, sadness, and even laugh at certain parts as the couple learns more about each other than they ever thought existed. At the end, readers should expect Mariah and Isaac to find true happiness…whether it is together or not is the true question.J
8. Why switch it up and make Mariah the one who’s afraid of commitment?
How many times do we hear how women are the ones trying to trap a man into marriage? I felt the need to switch things up a bit and show how men can be hurt too when a relationship doesn’t go as planned. Believe it or not, there are men who want to find their soul-mate and get married just as much as a woman; it’s time for their story to be told as well.
9. Do you have any favorite Authors?
I would definitely say Emily Griffin. I remember the first time I read her book “baby proof.” I thought the storyline was so cute. I enjoyed the book so much that I couldn’t put it down. I also love the simplicity of her book covers and how her books focus on topics that readers can relate to and be entertained at the same time.
Ericka Williams is another one of my favorite authors. I have been a supporter of her “A Woman Scorned” series. I know she concluded it with A Woman Scorned 3 Déjà vu, but I’m hoping she’ll write another story in this series someday.
I also enjoyed reading Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison. This was the first book that I read from this romance writer. She has a unique flair to her writing that impelled me to want to read more from her as well.
10. What are you currently reading?
I was recently given a book titled Lies by Vanessa D. Werts. This is my first time reading a book from this author. I loved her cover, so I was definitely eager to read it. I’ll be posting a review as soon as I’m done! This book has an interesting storyline.
11. We love *some* TV shows here at Brazen Babe Reviews, lols. Do you have any favorite shows you like to watch?
Don’t laugh at me, but I’m a big time The Golden Girls fan. I love to laugh, so this show does it for me every time. You’ll also catch me watching Power these days. The storyline around James “Ghost” St. Patrick in the show keeps me on the edge of my seat on Sunday nights.
12. What advice would you give folks who are looking to get into writing whether it be via traditional or indie?
Prepare to become a business owner. You have to look at being an author as a business and you are the owner, whether you choose independent or the traditional route. It will be your name on the line. This means having a basic understanding of the marketing, financial, sales, and networking components that are involved in becoming a successful author. I would highly recommend that you do your research to determine the best method of publishing for you as well. Regardless of your decision, a publisher is going to expect you to have a marketing plan in place for promoting your book.
An inspiring author should also take the time to build their brand. Determine what’s going to set you apart from all the other authors in the world. This may take time to do, so don’t feel rushed to get it all figured out overnight. Just remember you’re not alone and there are other authors out there who understand the different challenges and victories you’ll encounter as an indie or traditional published author. Consider joining writers groups in your genre and attending conferences hosted by book clubs, publishing companies, etc. Conferences are a great resource for meeting people and obtaining a wealth of information that will help you grow your business.
Most importantly, never give up on your dreams of becoming a published author! I didn’t and I now have two books published so far.
13. What would you like for readers to take away with them after they’ve read any of your books?
Believe in second chances. This may come from either walking away from a bad situation or forgiving someone and moving towards a brighter future. There are times in life when we don’t make the best decisions, but it’s important to learn from the mistakes and not allow insecurities to take over.
I hope readers will be inspired by each of my characters’ stories and entertained to the point that they will not want to put the books down.
Books by Ayesha
Mariah Langston has a life many women would envy. To some, she seems to have it all. She has a great job, a nice house, a luxurious car, and a boyfriend who understands her every need, even when that need is to not get married...for the third time.
After winning an exclusive award at her marketing firm, Isaac decides it's time to celebrate and breaks relationship rule number one. He proposes.
Will Mariah overcome her fears and give marriage one more try or is love just knot enough to save her relationship with the man of her dreams?
Shellie Simone's dream job as a Project Manager for an IT company turns into a nightmare when she finds herself the victim of sexual assault in the workplace. She attempts to report the perpetrator to Human Resources, but his uncle, the VP over the Finance division, tries to stop her by bribing her with an increase in her salary to keep it undisclosed. Shellie knows she cannot handle this problem alone anymore, so she confides in her friend Standra Wilcom for support. She soon finds out, however, that Standra has other things keeping her busy these days. Following a hurtful break-up with her boyfriend of three years, Standra decides to hook up with their friend Eboni Gilliar's husband while he and Eboni are having problems. At first, she did not expect the relationship to be more than a simple friendship, but soon after it begins, she becomes intrigued by just how far their connection can go. Just when Standra thinks she has the perfect plan to keep Craig from going back to his wife, Shellie finds out about their relationship, and now Standra is in jeopardy of losing everything.
As this story unravels, all three women will become involved in a whirlwind of major life events that will change the dynamics of their relationship forever. Will their friendship survive the storm or is it Time to Walk Away?
About Your Author
Ayesha L. Shoulders is an ambitious woman who lives life to the fullest. She has a passion for writing jaw-dropping contemporary fiction that is relatable and sprinkled with a life message. Ayesha is the author of the novels When It’s Time to Walk Away and When Love’s Knot Enough (New Release 4/7/15). She loves to connect with readers on Facebook (Facebook/AyeshaShoulders) and Twitter (@AyeshaShoulders). She can also be contacted at www.ayeshashoulders.com.
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