- How long have you been a published author?
Miss Radiance answer: Technically I have been a published author since 2011. I self-published my first books with Createspace and Kindle Direct Publishing. I have been signed under G Street Chronicles since January 4, 2015.
- How did you get started in writing?
Miss Radiance answer: When I was younger I was a very shy kid, my grandmother bought me a journal and made me write in it every day. She told me to use it as a tool to express myself and whatever I was feeling. So just writing daily entries of my pain, sadness, loneliness, anger, or whatever my mood was made me realize that writing was not only fun, but also therapeutic. So I continued then in high school I started writing stories about things my friends and I would go through and ever since then I have been in love with writing and being able to reach people through the power of my pen.
- Tell us about your latest book.
Miss Radiance answer: My latest book is called Gangsta Lovin’ Volume 1 An Epic Love Story. Courtney Smith is a young girl who for the past twenty something years spent her life pleasing others and doing whatever they wanted and needed her to do to be happy. Now after finishing school, staying humble, remaining a virgin, not having any babies, and making her parents proud she’s ready to let loose and find out what she’s been missing from the real world. One night while hanging with her friends she meets a guy who is the total opposite of anyone she’s ever known, but somehow manages to fall for him anyway. Eventually he has climbing heights she never even imagined possible.
Raphael Davis is a young man who after watching his father walk out on him, his mom, twin sister, and younger brother took on the immediate role as man of the house. Tired of seeing his mom work three jobs, to provide for him and his siblings he took matter into his own hands and started hustling and gang banging. After years of doing this he became a street professional, but now that he’s pushing thirty Raphael is ready to leave the street life alone, get him a good girl, fall in love, settle down, and have some babies. The moment he meets Courtney he realizes she’s the one he’s been looking for his whole life and he’s ready and willing to do everything it takes to make her his forever. The only dilemma is will the street life be too much for Courtney to handle and will Raphael be able to shake the dangers of trying to get out of the street life and finally live happily ever after only time will tell.
- Where can readers purchase your book?
Miss Radiance answer: Readers can purchase my books at Amazon. Com
- How do you market your brand?
Miss Radiance answer: I market my books through word of mouth, social media, and any promotional site that I can. The more I put myself out there the more exposure the readers have to my works and the more likely they are to support me on my journey to become a successful author.
- What events do you have coming up this summer?
Miss Radiance answers: At this very moment I have no idea what events I will doing this summer. All I can say is stay tuned, and keep a close eye out for me because I will be in a book store and library near you real soon.
- What’s next for you?
Miss Radiance answers: I plan to continue writing and putting out good books for people to read and enjoy just like I enjoy writing them. I don’t plan on stopping no time soon, I have waited a very long time to get this far and I know God has more doors in store for me to walk through so I am just excited to see what the future holds and blessed to be where I am now.
- What advice do you have for up and coming authors?
Miss Radiance answer: I would tell upcoming authors to keep writing no matter what. Never give up the dream and write as much as they can, especially if they want to be published someday because publishing companies are looking for quantity when they sign an author they don’t want to sign you and you only have one book and can’t put out anymore due to writers block or whatever. So take your time, write everyday even if it’s only one chapter, perfect your craft, learn everything you can about promoting and marketing after the release of your book, stay humble, don’t get arrogant, stay focused, and remember being an author is a job too, never let anyone tell you it’s not, and make sure you have a great team behind you that knows what they are doing to keep confusion out of your life.
About the Author: Miss Radiance was born on May 31, 1982 in Wilson North Carolina. She grew up in the small town Stantonsburg, North Carolina. She was raised by her grandmother, Josephine Jacob Johnson. Because of her shyness, the things that she wanted to express but could not say seemed to come out easier on paper. And when she was eleven years old her grandmother bought her a diary as a Christmas gift. Which Miss Radiance soon realized that not only was writing fun, it was also therapeutic, and there was power in putting a pen to paper. Miss Radiance immediately fell in love with the passion of being able to creatively express herself. Her writing started out simple with diary entries and poetry. When she got to high school and became involved in relationships, drama, sex, all the trials teenagers go through, she began recording these events in the form of short stories, pulling inspiration from friends and classmates, along with her own personal experiences which brought her stories to life.
After the passing of her grandmother on December 3, 1999, Miss Radiance started writing more and more, sometimes all day, writing was her outlet from the pain she constantly felt as she tried to adjust to life without her grandmother. Shortly after the passing of her grandmother she moved to Washington, DC with her mother. That was a new experience for Miss Radiance, coming from the small town she was raised in, she’d never seen the city life outside of the violence shown on TV. This new transition introduced her to things she never would’ve imagined happening in real life. Not long after being there she met and fell in love with a guy who was into everything she’d always tried to stay away from. Her relationship with him, his lifestyle, and her transition from country girl to city girl is what inspired her first novel Gangsta Lovin’ Volume One: An Epic Love Story.
Miss Radiance started out as a self-published author pushing her work with the help of amazon.com, Createspace, and Kindle Direct Publishing. She did this for two years until finally G Street Chronicles, CEO and owner George Sherman Hudson signed her to deal that would put her writing career on a whole other path, a call that would change her life. She is now the newest member of the G Street Chronicles family and is currently working on releasing her second book of the Gangsta Lovin’ series. She is also working on other books and ideas as well.
If Miss Radiance could choose one thing to do for the rest of her life, writing would definitely be it. When you have something that you love and it completes you, like writing does for Miss Radiance there’s nothing that can compare to that type of joy and happiness. Although she is very shy and still at times struggles with expressing herself verbally, something magical happens when she puts her pen to paper. Everything she wants to say and everything she feels oozes out. Miss Radiance is a single mother to a daughter by the name of Ashaunti Jayde Taylor, who is the light of her world, her ultimate pride and joy. Miss Radiance doesn’t write to become rich, (although that would be a true blessing). Miss Radiance writes because of the love and passion she has for her craft, her main purpose is to entertain, take away stress and anxiety, or just brighten up someone else’s day with her characters and the stories they tell. Please join Miss Radiance on her journey and enjoy the many blessings as they unfold.
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