Posts Tagged ‘writer’
ChristieOhh: How did the novel “A Perfect Husband” come about?
Douglas: Well, I was actually living in New York for over 20 years and was searching for novels for a friend to write. She decided that she didn’t want to right at the time. So, I began writing the novel in 2005 ended in 2007; my friend Patricia Soliman started editing the book in 2009 and it got picked up in 2011. Unfortunately, she died in December 2010. I dedicated the book in her memory!
ChristieOhh: Do you have to write in a particular environment?
Douglas: I write at my desk every morning. I have a light that I turn on; I write when it’s lit and when it’s off I don’t write. Sometimes if it doesn’t come to me I turn the light off and leave my desk. Watching me write isn’t a fun thing; I’m usually in my PJs, just rolled out of bed. lol
ChristieOhh: What are some highlights of your novel to you?
Douglas: I love Sammi Saxon; she’s my main character. She has pretty much taken over the novel. She’s like my alter ego almost. I just love her, her voice is confident, loud, she speaks for women. She shows women that it’s important to stand up for your life and be your own person.
ChristieOhh: Did you get attached to any of the characters in the novel?
Douglas: I did; I got attached to my killer. I get attached to all of my characters. Patricia taught me that…I have to love all of my characters even my villains; you have to love them for people to love them.
ChristieOhh: What is your goal for the book?
Douglas: This is actually my 3rd novel. My first two books didn’t get published. Once I was done I gave “A Perfect Husband” to Patricia and she said, “This one is going to do it for you.” I got approached by an agent and we both thought that it would be a huge success and we would get a big deal. I understand that it’s important for me to push everything and to build my brand; we had to get it out. With building my brand we are in hopes to get a major publishing house deal for my next book.
“Writers have to take themselves too dark places” Douglas Wickard
ChristieOhh: I’ve always wanted to know; how do writers get their minds in that “dark” place.
Douglas: To write these types of novels, you have to take yourself to that dark place and be confident. A lot of people are afraid to go there; I’m not. I have to go there in order for my readers to go there. It’s emotional but Steve King and other great writers wouldn’t be them if they weren’t able to go to that “dark” place.
ChristieOhh: What’s next for you?
Douglas: I have a book being edited now, “Encounter” it’s a Thriller set in San Francisco. Basically, 6 very prominent married men fly into San Francisco for business and disappear without a trace. There are a lot of great characters that will be introduced in the book and it will keep you turning pages until you’re finished.
ChristieOhh: Where can we buy “A Perfect Husband?”
Douglas: Anywhere eBooks are sold!
Tionna was a blast to interview! She had me in tears laughing about the realities of dating, women and men, how we act and think while dating. All true, no debating over here. I appreciated how down to earth and uncensored she was with me. I can’t wait to read the book and put it all together. Enjoy our interview!
ChristieOhh: How did “Men Love Abuse” come about?
Tionna: I was on twitter one day talking about life and relationship like always; and I have a lot of females that tell me their stories and ask me to give advice. I realized by the ladies on twitter and that come up to me on the streets for advice that these ladies are way to nice. So I tweeted y’all treat guys to good, “Men Love Abuse.” I got like 100,000 retweets and that’s when I it hit me to write the book. I actually was in the process of writing another book but stopped to get this book done.
ChristieOhh: What are women doing wrong?
Tionna: Women are jumping way to fast into a relationship and their feelings are way to vested. Once females feel like they got him; they don’t want to go out as much, get their hair done enough, females get way too comfortable too fast. You still have to have a life. I think women don’t date enough. Hang out with men and see what you like, don’t just jump at the first man you go out with, you may not even like him in a month or two. Date and enjoy yourself.
ChristieOhh: What are men doing wrong?
Tionna: Men are not taking the responsibility they should take. Back in the day, men took care of home. They didn’t mind taking care of their families, I don’t know if their mothers gave them to much or what. It seems like men just want something they don’t have. Men are really still just searching. While women are getting too serious too quick.
ChristieOhh: What are your favorite chapters in the book?
Tionna: The whole book is good! The main thing I thought was strong was my chapter “No title, No chicken.” What made me write this chapter was to explain, this guy is not your guy, why are you sitting there cooking for a guy and going all out of your way. He doesn’t even want to buy the groceries for you to cook. So, “No title, No chicken”
The next chapter that I thought people should really tap into is, “Save the suck” chapter. Oral sex, slurrpy! Why are we giving jump off’s head. Everybody does not deserve head. Straight up! There are things that we have all been though but giving every dude oral sex is not cool. If you are going to suck, suck with a purpose, know there is something there.
ChristieOhh: What do you want your readers/fans to get out of “Men Love Abuse?”
Tionna: To feel strong, feel liberate. The book is geared more to dating and understanding. When people here the title “Men Love Abuse,” it’s not about pouching them in the face but know you are the hot commodity and know your worth. You don’t have to rush things, be confident in your decisions. I want my readers to leave feeling empowered and confident and know you matter.
ChristieOhh: When do you think is that point in a dateship when he or she wants to be exclusive or want more?
Tionna: When they start showing you, breaking their neck to see you, their offering things before you ask. I’m all about show me don’t tell me. Once they start to introduced to their mother, friends, people on job, they let you know and show you and make you feel like they want you.
“Nothing like a man that really loves you and treats you right…The main thing is that you want someone that wants to be there!” Tionna Smalls
ChristieOhh: I have to ask this question, does the 90 day rule matter?
Tionna: No, it does not matter. That’s dated. Most people have sex before 90 days anyway. You don’t have to put rules on sex anyway. It doesn’t matter, I don’t think you should just be sleep around with people on the first night but there’s always those different situations. I’ve been writing since 2007. And haven’t seen that to be an issue with anyone. I’m not waiting 90 days to find out this guy is garage. So, you save it for 3 months and have sex with loser and he diss you after sex, you still feel bad. I’m not waiting 90 days to find that this guy is an asshole. Straight up! Now, you not supposed to just give it up but you do need to be ready when you have sex.
ChristieOhh: What’s next?
Tionna: I have a new show coming soon! Can’t give you much details but I promise you will be one of the first to know. My accesories boutique Loveys, which was on the first episode of VH1′s Love and Hip Hop. I’m writing more books of course. I’m opening a plus size boutique in Richmond, VA around March 1 with my sister called Majesty’s Closet.
ChristieOhh: I have to read your book, where can we buy it?
Tionna: Go to amazon.com search Men Love Abuse (Books) Download on Kindle and Nook
A message from Tionna to her supporters and fans: I just want to thank everybody for your support and reading the book. I will have a 2 hour Livestream at the end of this month, going over the chapters of the book, getting feedback and answering your question. Please give your input. Look for it!
Stay in the know with Tionna on Twitter @TionnaSmalls
Shop Loveys at www.shoploveys.com and Follow @shoploveys on Twitter