1. WHO IS AHYIANA ANGEL?
A daughter, sister, friend, and business woman who happens to be creative and extremely driven.
2. WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR CURRENT FRESH OFF OF THE PRESS BOOK, PRESEASON LOVE?
Real life. In the genre that I typically work in, contemporary fiction, many elements of the stories originate from a place of reality. My career, dating and living in the city were great sources of effortless inspiration for Preseason Love. I wanted to talk about the circumstances that I know many young women experience.
3. WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE, TELLING PIECES OF YOUR PERSONAL LIFE IN A BOOK FOR THE WORLD TO READ?
When I was working on my manuscript the words were flowing. I did not think much about people actually reading the content. Now that Preseason Love is on store shelves and people are consuming it at a rapid rate, I do get a bit shy about some of the scenes. Whether fact or fiction, it all originates from my mind so it is like inviting people into your world.
4. HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT HAS YOUR PR BACKGROUND MADE ON YOUR CAREER AS AN AUTHOR AND WOULD YOU SUGGEST OTHERS LEARN THE PUBLIC RELATIONS INDUSTRY BEFORE LAUNCHING A BUSINESS?
I don’t think that it is mandatory to learn the business of PR before starting a business. However, I do think that PR knowledge can be helpful when it comes to marketing your business. It is always important in any business venture to be well versed in multiple areas that can help you grow your business, especially when you are just starting out since you will likely have to wear multiple hats. For me, having a background in PR made it easier to grasp certain concepts. It also gave me a bit of leverage with developing ways to promote Preseason Love.
5. WHO OR WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT KEEP YOU MOTIVATED?
My family keeps me motivated. I want to be able to expose them to things that they could never imagine. It is also important to me that I pave the way for the generations to come in my family. I want them to know that it is okay to dream big and chase your dreams. What seems impossible can certainly be possible.
6. IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE QUOTE TO INSPIRE YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Feel the fear, then do it anyway. I love this quote. I don’t know its origin, but it rings extremely true in so many circumstances that we face in life.
7. WHAT HAS YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO DATE, TAUGHT YOU ABOUT PERSEVERANCE?
My biggest obstacle has taught me that sometimes you have to take control of your situation, and give your all to make it work in your favor. Embarking on a career change to become a full-time writer was not an easy risk to take, but I knew that it was something that I really had a strong desire to do. Nothing was going to be given to me in making my transition, however, that did not stop my drive. Through determination and perseverance I managed to lock in a publishing deal.
8. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO US 20 SOMETHINGS LOOKING TO DIVE INTO THE WRITING FIELD?
I would suggest that you research and learn your industry. Consume as much information as you can. Become familiar with some of the key newsletters and resources out there like BookBaby and Writer’s Digest. If you are working on a manuscript, especially if you plan to self-publish, invest in a good editor before you finalize your project. It will make a world of difference.
9. IF YOU WERE FORCED TO GET RID OF EVERY SINGLE ITEM YOU OWN AND ONLY KEEP 3 THINGS, WHAT ARE THE 3 THINGS YOU ABSOLUTELY COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
This is hard but I would have to say my phone, computer and a satin scarf for my hair. LOL.
10. AS A CURATOR FOR TRAVEL NOIRE, WHAT IMPACT HAS TRAVELING HAD ON YOUR CAREER?
Traveling has really helped to expand my creativity. Observing different cultures, visiting foreign lands, and interacting with interesting people can spark ideas. It gives you insight and knowledge about people and circumstances that you can’t get from searching online. Being in traveling situations that tend to push you outside of your comfort zone helps me when I am challenging myself with my writing.
11. WHAT DESTINATION HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING TRAVELING EXPERIENCE AND WHY?
The most rewarding traveling experience was my visit to Paris. I was blessed to visit twice. I truly see now why so many people fall in love with the city. I found myself wandering through the streets daydreaming of being a local. One day I spent a few hours walking from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Eiffel Tower. After taking in the sights along the River Seine, I made it to the Eiffel Tower just in time to see it sparkle at night. It was very surreal. I felt like I was in a dream and needed to pinch myself. I took some time to just sit and stare at the beauty. At that moment I reflected on how far I’d come. A year prior I would not have imagined standing in that moment.
12. WHAT CAN THE AUDIENCE LOOK FORWARD TO ON THIS JOURNEY OF PRESEASON LOVE WITH AHYIANA ANGEL?
Readers can look forward to a fast paced story with plenty of situations that they may identify with. The main character, Scottie Malveaux, is bold and sassy but she is also very career driven. You will have a court side seat during some of the challenging and best times of her life. You’ll be rooting for her to win. Readers thus far have fallen in love with Kari as well. Most noting that they can’t wait to find their own Kari, which I love!
13. HOW CAN THE READERS KEEP IN CONTACT WITH YOU?
You can stay connected with me via my website or my blog I’m on Twitter @Ahyiana_Angel and Instagram @Ahyiana_Angel , as well as Facebook
. I just finished the first portion of the #PreseasonLove Tour with stops in Oakland, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC. After the new year I will be making additional stops in Houston, New Orleans, and Atlanta starting in early January. The details will be available on my website.