WATCH OUT: Nana Malone
SC: I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m excited to bring you author Nana Malone. Welcome to Watch Out, it’s so great to have you here.
Nana: Thank you for having me. I’m excited to be here.
SC: For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself.
Nana: I’ve lived all over the world but my family is originally from Ghana. Growing up, I was always itchy for new adventures and slamming my nose in a book was the easiest, safest way I could manage it. It was during one of my less successful adventures in New York that I decided to actually do something about my writing hobby and aim for publication. It took me eleven years 3 completed manuscripts and more rejections than I care to count but I’m finally here with the release of Game, Set, Match.
SC: Can you tell us a little about your current release?
Nana: Game, Set, Match is a contemporary multicultural romance set in Los Angeles. It’s story of lost and reacquainted love. In a world of flash and not much substance, Jason is looking to find meaning in his life again, while Izzy is struggling to keep her family together while building her career. Both characters need to overcome their self-doubt, trust barriers and the pains of the past to find their way back to each other.
SC: Have you ever based a character in your books on yourself?
Nana: Not intentionally. But I realize that all my characters do have a little of me in them. Whether they’re photographers (I dabble as a hobby) athletes, (I was in a former life), or hyper organized (I’m insane about lists), a little piece of me or someone I love always sneaks in there.
SC: One thing readers might be surprised to know about you?
Nana: I play a mean game of Gin Rummy. Lol. Uhm, let’s see. I met my husband on the first day of freshman year at college.
SC: If you could turn one of your books into a movie which would you pick and who would you pick as the actors?
Nana: Oh boy, that’s a tough one. If Game, Set, Match were made into a movie, for Jason, I’d love to see Justin Hartley. For Izzy, Maybe Tatiana Ali or Keisha Knight Pulliam.
SC: Your favourite part about being an author?
Nana: The characters. Telling their stories s the most fun. They feel like friends to me.
SC: What are you currently reading?
Nana: Hunters Fall by Shiloh Walker
SC: If you were not an author what would you pick as the next dream job?
Lottery winner. Lol. Book Critic.
SC: Favourite word?
SC: Least favourite word?
SC: What 3 words would you use to describe your books?
Nana: Sexy. Funny. Engaging.
SC: Do you have a favourite genre that you like to read and write?
Nana: Well, I’m reading some paranormal now, but I love good ol’ contemporary too to read. Same with Writing. My history is contemporary, but I’m delving into my first paranormal.
SC: What do you think sets your stories apart from other authors?
Nana: I try not to compare myself to others. But I hope Jason is a little more relatable than your average sports hero. He struggles with self-doubt, something we all understand. He’s somewhat a reluctant celebrity. I hope this makes their story a little more believable.
SC: What do you do in your spare time when you are not binging new stories alive and writing?
Nana: Besides chasing my husband, dog, or one year old daughter around, I try and read, take my camera out for fun and occasionally a little cardio strip tease 😉
SC: Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can give us a taste of?
Nana: I’m working on a superhero novella right now that I’m very excited about. Think Heroes meets Burn notice.
SC: Sounds very cool.
SC: What is the best advice you ever got with regards to writing?
Nana: Write a good book. It’s the only advice that matters.
SC: What is one pet peeve you have when it comes to publishing?
Nana: You mean besides it resembling the recording industry?
SC: Any advice for new writers out there?
Nana: Write, learn, and stay focused on your goals.
SC: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
Nana: These three convenient locations:
- My publisher – The Wild Rose Press (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/nana-malone-m-852.html) – you can use this for the Hyperlink
- Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Game-Set-Match-Nana-Malone/dp/160154815X/ref=sr_1_27?s=STORE&ie=UTF8&qid=1283266722&sr=1-27 ) – you can use this for the hyperlink
- My website – www.nanamalone.com