Conversations with Lashanta Charles author of Lovely Lies series #KontrolReads

After Makynzee’s kidnapping, Kalil is left struggling to maintain his composure. He was supposed to protect her and he failed miserably. He’s left tormented by thoughts of what Nyeem may be doing to Makynzee or if she’s even alive. One thing is for sure, He needs to regain his focus because now he’s faced with the unlikely task of getting her back. Nyeem, the psycho stalker turned kidnapper, has finally succeeded in conquering his ultimate goal – making Makynzee his. So what if she was in a perfectly good relationship with Kalil? And does it really matter that he had to kidnap her to get her? It seems as though he’s taken full control of everyone’s lives and has no intentions of letting that control go. Because of him lives may be lost, Makynzee’s fate is unknown, and the chaos he’s brought with him has taken up permanent real estate.

Get to know Lashanta:

1. What were your biggest concerns while writing this novel?
Since this is my second novel, I was (still am) mainly concerned about that whole “sophomore curse.” I keep second-guessing myself and thinking I won’t be able to top my first novel. I feel like I’ve grown mentally and as far as my writing is concerned, but that thought will always be in the back of my mind.

2. Compared to when you first imagined the novels, did they end the way you planned them to?
No, not at all. It’s funny because I’m going through the exact same thing with my current work, but the is novel changed about a quarter of the way through the second book. I had it in my mind and I had an ending all mapped out and the characters decided it wasn’t going down like that…they’re an unruly little bunch, lol.
3. Being a new author, how did you handle the critics?
Thankfully, I received so much praise and constructive criticism in the beginning I was actually ok and better able to deal with the negative when it finally came. Not saying it didn’t bother me, I’m pretty sure I shed a few tears (lol), but I was surrounded by quite a few supportive people who prepped me pretty well and made sure I knew that not everyone would like my work and overall I would love for them to be, but I’m definitely okay with that.
4. You reference an array of music throughout your work, would you say this stands as a soundtrack?
Definitely. I’m a music-a-holic. When Makynzee says music makes you feel, that’s my wholehearted belief. I feel like everything needs a soundtrack; life in general needs a soundtrack.

5. Book two is set to release February 11, 2014, will there be a third book?
This is where the lovely lies end (sniffle, sniffle). I struggled with this, but what I didn’t want was to lose the “oomph” of this story and have it take on a totally different direction or get lost in translation by letting it have too many books. I love my characters and these were my first babies, so it was definitely hard and bittersweet, but I have to make myself move on.

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