Friday, August 27, 2010

DEBUT AUTHOR: Chicki Brown

EDITOR NOTE: It is always a pleasure to introduce you to loyal supporter of SORMAG who has reached her writing goal of publishing a book. My hope is that it will inspire those who are still on the hard path to publication. Yes it takes a lot of time and determination to make it but as you read these types of interviews, you know it is all worth it.

I also want to feature more authors who offer their books in ebook formats because more readers are purchasing ebook readers and looking for books to download.

Chicki has reached her goal and is also trying the ebook path. Please take moment to meet her.

Chicki Brown began writing in response to an inner urge to record the stories that had been accumulating in her head. A job layoff nudged her into the decision to write full time. She is the author of Have You Seen Her? a contemporary, multicultural romance and is currently working on her eighth manuscript.

Brown was the Grand Prize winner in the Black Expressions Fiction Writing Contest, and has been published twice in Releasing Times magazine. A New Jersey native, and the mother of two grown daughters, she and her husband live in metro Atlanta, Georgia.

Have You Seen Her?

Marcia Hadley, Santa Barbara, California socialite has been married for seven years to the heir of a family fortune. He sees to it that she has the finest home, cars and clothes. Yet that isn’t enough to keep Marcia from running.

Dani Reynolds, Atlantic City nightclub cocktail waitress works on her feet seven hours a night, five days a week for less than minimum wage in a crowded, smoky nightclub. She lives in an aging, run-down apartment, rides the city bus, and she’s happier than she’s ever been.

Marcia and Dani have more in common than anyone could imagine. They are the same woman.

And only Taylor Villanova, the club’s sexy bouncer can help her reconcile her two distinct personas and help her face her greatest fear.

How did you start out your writing career?

I wrote when I was in middle school, but as life got in the way, I put my writing aside and didn’t return to creative mode until seven years ago.

What did you learn while writing this book?

I did a lot of research into domestic abuse and discovered a wealth of assistance for women who find themselves in life-threatening home situations.

What did you hope to accomplish with this book?

I wanted to let readers know all that glitters isn’t gold. Many of us desire all the material treasures, but there are women who have all those things and are desperate to escape their lives. My character, Dani Reynolds, is one of those women.

What is the toughest test you’ve faced as a writer?

Becoming confident in my writing in spite of the rejections. As the rejections came in from the major houses, I had to keep reminding myself that they were merely the opinion of one person. The fact that I was working with a major literary agent was proof enough to me that I could write, so I decided to enter the e-publishing world and get the readers’ opinions.

If you had the opportunity to talk with three writers, who would you choose and why?

Only three? LOL!

I was fortunate to talk with Eric Jerome Dickey, one of my favorite authors, a couple of years ago. He was browsing in an Atlanta Barnes & Noble and agreed to sit and chat with my writer’s group meeting in the store that night. As he shared, I realized how much his work background and his travels have influenced his work. The advice he gave us was priceless.

The other would be J.R. Ward. I’ve read her Black Dagger Brotherhood series twice, and can’t get over her world-building skills and ability to draw characters that are so urban and unlike herself. She’s amazing.

Beverly Jenkins is my other choice. The way she incorporate true details into her fictional historical books is tremendous. I so appreciate the fact that she includes her sources at the back of her books. Her contemporary books are just as awesome – fast moving and sexy.

What three things do you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?

The first would have been to learn more about the publishing industry before I started submitting to agents and editors. It would’ve kept me from looking like an idiot at the beginning. :)

Second, get involved with a writer’s/critique group at the beginning. It would have saved me a lot of frustration and rewriting.

Third, understanding the importance of social networking in person and online. The writing community is full of great people!

Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be writers?

DO write every chance you get. Writing is no different than any other craft. You improve from constant practice.

DON’T allow discouragement to swallow you up. This is a craft that takes time and diligence. You might give up just when you’re on the verge of a breakthrough. Do I sound like I’m preaching?

I borrowed this question from author Carleen Brice. What is your author fantasy?

Seeing my name on the New York Times bestseller list and being able to bless people as a result of my financial success. I’d love to visit inner city or rural schools and pass out cases of books to children.

What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

How much work it takes to write, revise, submit, and market a book. Sometimes I think many non-writers believe it’s a simple process, but if it were then everybody would do it, right?

What was the best advice you’d ever gotten about the publishing industry? The worst?

I think the best is to write because you LOVE it. If writing is a chore or a struggle, you should be doing something else. As Russell Simmons says, “The payoff isn’t the deal. The payoff comes from the work itself.”

The worst: “You need to get a real job.”

If you could visit anyplace in the world, where would you travel to?

Fiji and Bali, two of the most beautiful places on earth.

What is something readers would be surprised you do?

Love to watch old movies from the 1930-40’s – Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, etc. Great stuff!

Our theme for this month is STAYING OUT OF THE SLUSH PILE. What advice would you give someone to make sure their manuscript stays out of the slush pile?

I’m not so sure there is a way to do that considering the way things are in the industry today. I’d say write the best manuscript you can, seek out a good agent and pray.

Oprah always asks, “What do you know for sure?”

That people will always want to read good stories regardless of the medium. The industry is changing rapidly, and writers need to adapt and flow with those changes.

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

I’m not sure whether this will be a paper book or an e-book, but here’s the blurb: What happens when seven African-American singles rent a New Jersey beach house for the summer?

For the third year in a row, writer Shontae Nichols plans a quiet summer in Beach Haven sharing a rental house with friends – a drama instructor, an accountant/realtor, a cosmetologist, an aspiring actor, and a hip-hop video-dancer. The friends learn the truth behind two age-old questions: Can men and women ever just be friends? Is it possible for women peacefully co-exist in the same house? Their quiet summer is shaken to the core when one of their housemates ends up in the hospital in critical condition. The hospital vigil acts as a catalyst to the already growing tension in the house and ultimately defines their relationships.

Hot Fun in the Summertime, is a fun, sexy story I would compare to Why Did I Get Married? featuring singles.

How can readers get in contact with you?

Web site:

Facebook page:!/chicki.brown

Amazon Author Central page:


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Sydney Molare said...

WOW! What a great, refreshing interview. Your book is BOUGHT! I am So LOVING the premise

Elaine said...

I have talked with Chicki about writing, she has been very inspirational and encouraging. I am sure here next book will be even greater, Then one day soon we look up and she is on the New York Times Best Seller! Best wishes.

Elaine said...
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A.M. Wells said...

Very thoughtful and insightful advice.

Congradulations on your first of many published works.

PatriciaW said...

Chicki, you've done it! I'm so proud of and inspired by you. Keep writing and publishing. You have a storytelling knack that readers will love.

Chicki Brown said...

Thank you so much for your support, Sydney. It means a lot!

Elaine, from your lips to God's ears, girl!

Chicki Brown said...

Brenda, I'm grateful for the encouragement and insight you've given me in the past Thanks for agreeing that this is the first of many!

Patricia, I know how much you love books and how hard you work. Your turn is coming. Just stick with it.

Snowbird said...

She is such an inspiration, in her writing and as a person. This book sounds great. Like her other work, this seems to be a positive and powerful view of people of color. I agree with the others, that I expect her to make it to the New York Times best seller list any day now!

Anonymous said...

Chicki is not only a writer she is a wonderful human being....from someonw who knows,
Anne Jones

Chicki Brown said...
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Chicki Brown said...

Snowbird and Anne, you both have been so instrumental in my growth as a writer and as a person.

I also want to give props to LaShaunda! You've become such a positive voice for writers, particularly writers of color. Your dedication and tenacity are so greatly appreciated. Luv you!

Phyllis Bourne said...

Very inspiring interview! Congrats on your release, Chicki!

Joseine Thompson said...

Ahhhhh Congratulations on your Book.

Chicki Brown said...

Just got back in from working at Mickey D's for a few hours.

Phyllis and Joseine, thanks for stopping by and for your congratulations on the book. Have a great weekend!

ashea goldson said...

Congratulations, Chicki! I'm looking forward to reading it and all the others to come.

Ashea Goldson

rhonda mcknight said...


Do you remember how we met? It was about six, maybe seven years ago at a GRW meeting in Norcross. I was horribly late and copped squat at your table. You share your business card and I was so impressed that you had one already. LOL. Look at us now, we're both published.

Congrats to you and much success!

Zee Monodee said...

Great interview, Chicki. Loved your words of advice.

Keep it up, girl! You rock!


Chicki Brown said...

I met Ashea in church, Rhonda at Georgia Romance Writers and Zee in an online writer's group. Gee, I love the the writing community! Thank you ladies!

LaVerne Thompson said...

Hi Chicki- Great interview. Wishing you many sales.


Unknown said...

Go head girl! You're the best.
Always in your corner.

M. Fuller

Anonymous said...

So proud of you sis.... Keep writing and those of that love to read will keep reading.

Angela Joens said...

So proud of you sis... Looking forward to many more.

Chicki Brown said...

Mike, it's good to hear from you. Thank you for your support.

Angela, glad you dropped in! I'm planning to upload books 2 & 3 to Amazon in the next couple of months.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Great interview!
I love old movies too! :)

Anonymous said...

Glory to GOD! I truly enjoyed this interview. Will get this book and looking forward to the next. GOD is faithful to your desires when HE is first.
Victoria G Washington

Chicki Brown said...

Victoria! I'm so pleased to see you here. Yes, God is good, and He's given me the desire of my heart. Hope you enjoy the book.

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