How did you start your writing career?
I think it officially started when I was around 12 years old. I always seemed to have thoughts bouncing around my head when I was little. My aunt gave me my first journal and told me that I needed to write my thoughts down. I have been writing my thoughts down ever since.
Tell us about your current release.
My new release is called Beautiful Scars. It’s actually my first novel. It’s an inspirational story of a young girl who doesn’t come from the best circumstances and her journey into womanhood. She has many ups and downs as she tries to figure out life and what kind of woman she wants to be. It could definitely be called a story about survival.
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I mostly write at night because I work full time. I also have two teenage boys and a two year old son, so they keep me pretty busy even after work. But after all homework is done, and everybody is picked up, cleaned up, fed and off to bed I really enjoy using my ‘me’ time to write. I’m usually writing anywhere from 9 to midnight, sometimes later if I’m really into it.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Probably my two year old! Really just trying to balance out working, my family life and writing. I could probably write all day if time allowed. It can be sort of a balancing act sometimes. But when its something that you love to do, you make the time whenever you can.
My favorite TV shows are right now are The Walking Dead, Supernatural and Sons Of Anarchy, believe it or not.
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
I’m definitely an introvert. I would like to think that I am a reformed shy girl. I’ve always been the quiet one, kept to myself, lost in my thoughts, kind of a nerd. But as I got older, I slowly began to come out of my shell…but I’m still a nerd!
Do you have any special routines or rituals?
My life is based on routines. But when I’m writing I have to have some form of candy. It’s become so much of a ritual for me that my brain will literally not function and I will just stare at a blank screen if I don’t have any!
Genres: Women's Fiction, General Fiction, Inspirational
Growing up was not easy for Chantelle. At an early age her innocent eyes witnessed some of the ugliness in the world. Determined not to be like her mother, she sets out to find her own path in life. With her new found freedom and her best friend Shaundra leading the way, Chantelle quickly falls into the fast paced night life but secretly longs for love. After a failed relationship leaves her feeling lost and alone, she tries to hold onto the one thing she knew to be solid and true, her deep rooted friendship. When life serves up another horrible blow she’s forced to question not only her friendship with Shaundra but also herself. Left with physical scars as a constant reminder of the things that happened to her, she struggles to heal emotionally as old wounds resurface. Join Chantelle on her journey as she learns how to love and when to let go.
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I was born in Louisville Kentucky where I still reside. I have three wonderful sons and a supportive husband who I love dearly and come second in my life only to God. I have been writing poetry and short stories since junior high school and it has become one of my passions in life. I published my first book of poems Words From A Sista in 2010. I have recently completed my first novel Beautiful Scars and hope to write many more. I truly believe anything is possible in life with not only God but with hard work, patience and perseverance. I write not to be rich and famous but hopefully to inspire and motivate others.