I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Deatri whom I like to call Ms. Dee when I see her. She juggles so much as a writer that I couldn’t miss the opportunity to ask her a few questions before diving into her new release The Only Option.
Welcome to my blog Deatri! Can you tell me a little about who Deatri is and when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
I began my career in the publishing industry over a decade ago as an editor at Third World Press, the oldest African-American owned publishing house in the good United States and eventually moved onto freelance editing. I’ve edited works by Gloria Naylor, Beverly Jenkins and numerous other authors. I’m also a multi-published, award winning romance, women’s fiction, and suspense author. I read, read, write, read, edit and harass my husband of twenty-six years and our children and grandchildren for fun. Did I mention I read a lot?
I became an author as a result of reading numerous bad novels. I was in the bookstore with my sister complaining about the titles I’d selected lately, and she said if I didn’t like what was out there, I should start writing what I wanted to read. Next thing you know, I was hooked on writing.
And I’m happy you did. I’ve had the pleasure of reading many of your romance books and happen to know that you are a talented writer but you also are an editor. Can you briefly share your publishing story for me and which role you enjoy most- editor or writer?
I love both for different reasons. I’ve always been a story teller, though I hadn’t thought of writing my stories until my sister brought it up. Writing allows my create side to be free and keeps the voices in my head from taking over. I like to say that I put my psychosis to work.
I’ve always loved teaching others. Editing is more than pointing out character development, plot and consistency within a novel. As a developmental editor you also teach your clients the craft.
I’ve admired your ability to wear so many hats- you coordinate the annual Romance Slam Jam Convention, are an Editor, Writer of many books and have a beautiful family that includes two adorable dogs. Can you share with me how you’re able to maintain balance and obvious positivity (just from your interactions on FB)? What would your advice be to aspiring authors trying to juggle wearing so many hats also?
Time management is your friend. When my children were young, I would wake two hours before the household to write in peace. I called it me time. Saturday mornings was deep cleaning of the house day. I had a set time to prepare dinner, go over the children’s homework, family time, extracurricular activity time, nightly cleaning, weekly date with hubby….
I’m learning how to manage my time better and it feels good to not feel so bogged down by the responsibilities of life but I still have work to do so thanks for sharing.I hear you have a new release out for your readers that have been waiting since your last title in March If You Only Knew. Can you tell us about it?
My new contemporary romance, The Only Option, features a new cast of characters I hope you all enjoy. Here’s the back cover blurb:
Sane upwardly-mobile women don’t agree to enter into arranged marriages… Or do they?
Control freak Jonah Tazi comes from a long line of arranged marriages, but the thought of his parents picking his bride never sat well with him. Time is working against Jonah, so he reluctantly agrees to allow his father to find him a proper bride. Then he meets Isis and becomes infatuated with the vibrant, funny, and talented woman. A powerful man used to getting exactly what he wants, exactly when he wants it, he is unprepared when Isis doesn’t agree to his proposal immediately. Now he is determined to convince her (and everyone else) that he and Isis belong together. Jonah intends to be her only option.
Isis Michaels has always been sheltered by her father. The tables have turned, and now she must shelter him. Isis rearranges her life and will do whatever it takes to please her father during the time he has left—almost anything. It becomes clear that he wants to see her settled before he passes. Is marrying Jonah, a man she’s emotionally and physically attracted to but just met, her only option?
“Dad, you’re not choosing my wife.” Adjusting his earpiece, Jonah exited the elevator. Fifteen minutes early for an acquisition meeting, he considered himself late.
“You’re a lot closer to forty than thirty. People are starting to talk.”
“I don’t care.” Artwork lined either side of the hallway. The priceless collection had taken Jonah years to build and there were more pieces to acquire.
“Well, I do. Three years. Three years ago you promised to dedicate time to finding a wife.”
“I’ve been busy running a multibillion-dollar corporation.”
“I was just as busy as my father and his father before him. We’ve always had arranged marriages. That didn’t change when my father moved to this country. He did an excellent job of choosing my wife.”
“You’re divorced.” Jonah’s grandfather had moved his wife from Morocco to the United States shortly after their marriage. The majority of the family remained in Morocco and Spain along with many of their traditions. Jonah’s selection of a wife went beyond tradition. As the only son, Jonah believed it was his duty to produce at least one heir to carry on the Tazi name. Time had slipped by too quickly for him to find a wife. A control freak, he hated the idea of his father choosing his wife, but he didn’t see an alternative.
Attracted to the maturity of women his own age, if he waited much longer, the type of woman Jonah wanted wouldn’t be of childbearing age. “Fine, I’ll get married. I take it you have suitable options in mind?”
“Of course I do. I’ll have your assistant set up the meetings.”
“Speaking of meetings, I have one in thirteen minutes. We can talk later.” Jonah disconnected and continued along the hallway. Originally, he’d tried to acquire D. M. Solutions two years ago, but the owner wouldn’t consider his offer.
He rounded the corner, then stopped in his tracks. Few people had access to his private floor, so seeing a woman standing dangerously close to his Auguste Rodin sculpture shocked him. What drew him even more than her presence were her legs. Quite tall himself, he rarely met a woman who reached his shoulders. He’d give his Rembrandt to have her legs wrapped around him as he pushed into her.
Soon he’d be selecting a wife and other women would be off-limits. Currently a free man, Jonah had no intention of allowing the long-legged lovely to pass him by.
Thanks for the continued support everyone. I hope you enjoy Isis and Jonah’s story. And please help spread the word.
You can find me online at: http://www.DeatriKingBey.com, https://www.facebook.com/deatri, http://www.Twitter.com/DeatriKingBey my dangerously-sexy suspense is written as L. L. Reaper http://www.LLReaper.com
Aja, thank you so for hosting a leg of my virtual tour. I appreciate it and YOU.Thanks Deatri, for choosing to highlight your release here. I look forward to reading it!