Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monica Mathis-Stowe - HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Monica Mathis-Stowe. She is a self-published Urban Fiction Author.

Author Genre: Contemporary Urban Fiction Author

Website: Monica Mathis-Stowe - Author
Twitter: @MMathisStowe
E-Mail: MonicaMathisStowe@yahoo.com
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Author Description: Where Did We Go Wrong? Writes novels about strong and sensual women and their complicated relationships. Pure entertainment! Metropolitan Washington, DC

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author
We hear you are working on a sequel called 'Where Did We Go Wrong Again'. When will it be released?
‘Where Did We Go Wrong Again?’ picks up where ‘Where Did We Go Wrong?’ ended. It will release in late fall and I’m just as excited as the readers.

Do you find Social Networking is your best marketing tool or do you use your networks and groups you belong too more? What other unique things do you do to market your book?
Social Networking is an excellent marketing tool. I use Facebook and Twitter along with my network of family, friends and readers to help spread the word about my novel. It has helped me tremendously. I think the most important thing is to find balance when you’re promoting your book using social media. You don’t want every blog to be about you and your book. That will overwhelm and possibly irritate your social media contacts. Post topics that you think your readers would be interested in reading or discussing. I do a great deal of blog interviews and I also contact book clubs that have an interest in my book’s genre. As a self-published author, I’m constantly looking for cost effective ways to promote my novel.

Will you be releasing a book trailer for your new novel before the book is published? The one you did for your first novel was outstanding.
Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed the book trailer. All the credit goes to DzinebyKellie in New York. It was a true honor to work with Kellie. She is very talented and creative. I gave her my book’s synopsis and she created this wonderful book trailer. I was amazed. Now she’s in the process of brainstorming ideas for the ‘Where Did We Go Wrong Again?’ book trailer and I can’t wait to discuss it with her.

The cover of your first novel was great. Tell us a little bit about how it was created?
Thank you. I love my book cover. It was also created by DzinebyKellie. My novel, ‘Where Did We Go Wrong?’ follows the relationship drama of three best friends who meet in college and develop this strong bond, like sisters. I wanted three females on the cover to represent my characters. Most of the bookcover designers I contacted thought the cover would be too cluttered with three characters, the title and my name, but not Kellie. She saw my vision and made it come true. The beautiful women on my cover aren’t professional models. I handpicked each one and it took three different photo shoots to finally get “the picture” for the cover and that picture was taken by Roy Cox Photography in Baltimore, Maryland. So, to answer your question on how my book cover was created, I was persistent with my idea for my cover and fortunate to work with a creative book cover designer and talented photographer who shared my vision.

Author's Book List
Where Did We Go Wrong?
Where Did We Go Wrong? is set to be one of the year's best urban fiction e-books on Kindle. If you love black romance novels or urban fiction in general, then this one should be on your must read list! In this newly released romantic suspense novel, best friends Gabby, Maxine and Joy protect each other at all costs, even if it means keeping secrets that turn their lives upside down. Gabby has no boundaries when it comes to getting what she wants. She pulls out every trick in the book to keep her daughter's married father out of their lives but keep his money in her bank account, while Maxine lives for her family but when her husband's excessive spending lands them in more debt than they can handle, the stress takes a toll on their perfect marriage. After Joy's loyalty to her controlling mother causes her to lose the only man she's ever loved, she marries a man she barely knows. When the wedding is over, she quickly realizes she made the biggest mistake of her life and it puts everybody she loves in danger. Unfortunately, someone will have to pay the ultimate price with their life.
Book Trailer: Where Did We Go Wrong?
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