Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Kiexiza, (pronounced ki-eek-sa or just say Kie, like pie), was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is the newly married, eldest sibling of ten children and a mother of four of her own. She currently resides in Virginia with her fiancé and two of her children. Known as a creative soul from a very young age, she embraced and developed her love for music, performing arts, cooking and poetry early on. Taking charge of her multicultural heritage, she has honed her many different talents, excelling her creative ideas to endless possibilities.
After years of friends and associates insisting she should share the trials she had endured, she finally sat down and began to try to express her life story in written words. The final product was not as she intended, but her debut novel Beautifu and series, The Beautiful Mess Series was born none the less. The B.M.S. is a collection of 5 novels that will touch on different aspects of Kiexiza’s life in a fictional, yet realistic way. Taking on the many things in life that may appear the best for us, but in the end can be our worst nightmares.
Kiexiza is the Exec Director of DiamondStar Entertainment & 4JV Publishing, a company who aids new entrepreneurs in Branding their name to the public through various avenues. She is also Co-Founder of Saving Lives Through Lit, an organization that desires to, though donations and the creation of Anthologies, assist the many foundations that give aid to families and persons affected by abuse and violence. Along with a board of 5, she is currently in the process of opening a bookstore/restaurant, SweetReadz, where entrepreneurs of all genres will have an opportunity to shine.
She writes for, contributed to, conducts reviews for many online magazines and blogs, such as: Literary Lounge Magazine, So Fyh Magazine, CEOMama, SorMag, SweetReadz Magazine and more.
Kiexiza’s debut literary novel and series of 5 novels entitled the Beautiful Mess Series was released in 2011 with; Beautiful. The second volume, Beautiful Seduction, released January 2013. She has just completed the 3rd volume Beautiful Innocence and hopes to release it late 2013. She also has stories in two anthologies, Voices Behind the Tears and Untapped: a collection of Erotic Firsts.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest published book is Beautiful Seduction. It is the 2nd in a 5 book series. My inspiration behind the books is to write a book that will inspire and touch people in a great way. I wanted to write a book that did more than just entertained, but also stuck with my readers.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write with a lot of noise. Most people tend to want silence or music maybe, but i write my best sitting in the mall surrounded by people coming and going.
What are you working on now?
I have just completed the manuscript on volume 3 Beautiful Innocence. It is the continuing story of 5 friends and all the drama they encounter as they live the reality of being adults.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use Facebook mostly, twitter and lots of contests to draw readers in. I also pass out flyers in and around my neighborhood and do vending events.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
research before you publish your book. Take your time. Its natural to want to get your book out. but treat your book like your child. its a representation of you. So put your best foot forward and make it the best it can possibly be.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
a author i know told me to enlist the help of readers that like my books as beta readers to preview my novels before they go to print. It has been invaluable advice for me.
What are you reading now?
I am actually beta reading a book Vengeance Unleashed by an upcoming author TonyWade
What’s next for you as a writer?
After this volume, I have 2 more planned in the series. Somewhere in there a cookbook, poetry book, Sci-Fi book and an erotic romance novel. I also have a Jewelry business and sell Mary Kay cosmetics.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Chante’s Song, by Donniel Jackson