For the third day in the in the Easter guest author blitz we welcome Uzuri WIlkerson:
Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
Hello, my name is Uzuri Wilkerson. I am a school secretary and store manager at a natural food store. I am also an author. After graduating from Wellesley College in 2005 where I studied film, I eventually moved back to fiction writing. I always try to find time throughout the day to write. My notebooks are full of musings and story ideas that I hope to translate at some point into novels. I moved to Boston with my family when I was nine and I try to use the city as a backdrop in all of my stories.
I still find it so exciting saying that I’m an author, I just had to repeat it.
What first inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always been a reader. I love good plots and exciting characters. It was only natural that I would try writing my own stories because I have such a vivid imagination.
Do you have a favourite place where you write?
No, I generally find time at my job to write or I’m on my couch at home typing away on my computer. When I was younger I would go to my room with the lights down low and soft music playing. I need to find a space like that in my adult life.
If you could work with any author, who would it be?
James Patterson popped into my head first, I think because I just recently finished one of his books. Although I didn’t like that particular one, I do enjoy his non-series books. I can tell there’s a formula and I’m intrigued by how the bad guys always get their comeuppance. I like thrillers and mysteries so I think he would be a good person with which to work.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I like rereading and finding little pieces that make me emotional. It could be an encounter or a snippet of dialogue. Anything that brings out a laugh or makes me go, “When did I put that in?” is gratifying.
And the least?
Probably the research part. Most of my stories take place in modern times but when there’s a setting or something that occurs in the past, I have to stop and research to make sure things make sense. And with this series, I have to plan what will go in each book. I have to work harder to make sure it all comes together properly. I have to basically stand back and view the entire series from afar, not just each book.
What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
I would say to figure out that one thing that will start your story—whether it’s a character or setting or event. That usually sparks an idea for me. Then you can either do an outline or just start writing like I do.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m doing the final editing touches on Sour, the second volume in my vampire series. It is due for release in June.
Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
My novel is called Sweet. It is adult paranormal fiction set in modern day Boston, Mass. Our main character Celia is dating a vampire. She enjoys what they have but when doubts about their future creep in—he’ll outlive her, he drinks human blood—she starts to stray. That’s when she meets Jay, a Texan hunter in town on the pursuit of a dangerous vampire. Jay is rugged, sexy, and opinionated, and when he joins up with a local bunch of hunters, he becomes a danger to Celia’s boyfriend Victor. The fight between vampires and hunters for control of Boston has just begun… with Celia caught in the middle.
You can stay up-to-date on all things Sweet through my website (www.uzurimwilkerson.com). You can also follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/uzurimwilkerson), Twitter (twitter.com/uzuri_iruzu), and Goodreads. Sweet is for sale through Barnes & Noble and Amazon, including the Kindle store.
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