#AuthorInterview with @lisakstephenson – Winters Tulips

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About Winter’s Tulips

What would you do if you knew someone from your past wanted you dead?

The night of the shooting at the police station changes everything for Troy Redding, a 27 year old police officer from New York.
One moment, he is discussing his painful erectile dysfunction with his loving wife, Melissa Redding, the next, watching in horror as his peers are gunned down by enemies encompassed in a nefarious plot to have him murdered.
He is aware of the nemesis after him but he can’t prove it, not without her, not without the benevolent prostitute Winter Bell.
The gloomy, remorseful man knows that his life is not without contempt and the people he loves may very well be in danger. He requires some direction and information from an elusive Winter when tasked with taking matters into his own hands as their stories begin to intertwine. However, Troy finds himself saddened and defeated by his adversary. Will his perseverance and need for revenge allow him to do whatever it takes to protect the women he loves and will he be successful?

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About the Author

Lisa K. Stephenson is the current editor in chief of She’s SINGLE Magazine and dating coach in NYC. The author of romance novels like Even My Hair Is Mad and Late Bloomer, she resides in New York City with her puppy Korri.

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?

Winter’s Tulips is the story of Troy Redding (Big Red from Covenant’s: The Inferno of a Gem and To Be Bee) and his journey before moving to Los Angeles.

At the tender age of twenty-seven we meet Troy and his high school sweetheart turned wife Melissa. The pair are without children as Troy finds himself suffering from erectile dysfunction, but he is unsure of whether or not it is due to a physical issue or a missing connection between him and his spouse. When a strange woman makes her way into the Southampton Police Department where rookie cop Redding spends his time working the night shift on desk duty, he is reminded of a feeling he thought was lost–lust. Winter, a benevolent prostitute in need of protection brings about a town catastrophe no one could have prepared for, the station attacked and now Redding must find out why. As the chase begins and he learns more of the woman he now yearns for and her connection to a perpetrator he is responsible for putting behind bars, Troy must now find a way to protect himself and the women he loves, but can he save them both?

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?

Men and Women between the ages of 21-55. This is a crime of passion thriller with a lot of desire to which many will enjoy.
Readers who like James Patterson novels will also enjoy Winter’s Tulips and those who are a fan of books like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which book and author would you suggest to be your favourite and why?

Interestingly enough I do not have a favorite author. I like books that are easy to comprehend with a captivating story. I believe books can be both entertaining and educational and so those are the stories I generally gravitate towards. I like books written by Gillian Flynn, G.L. Lambert, Eric Jerome Dickey, Toni Morrison, Naomi Alderman, Cormac McCarthy to name a few…I think their writing is straightforward, sometimes poetic and other times demanding depending on the content. I draw inspiration from authors such as these because I want my readers to feel like they can live vicariously through my characters, which means they have to be relatable and easily understood.

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing work, or who was trying to enhance their craft or business?

Read a lot, read everything. I have been told that it is prudent to read every genre except the one you write. I thought that to be nonsense. No one likes a copycat, but as a writer it is up to you to find your lane, rely on your own creativity and do not be afraid to read the work of others before you of the same category. Especially for African American writers, we are put in a box of urban fiction no matter what book we produce. I think it is unfair and as a writer who DOES NOT classify herself as an Urban Fiction writer it is sometimes frustrating when readers are looking for that and do not find that between your pages all due to a preconceived notion. My writing is subtle, unique and engaging. I do not rely on the overuse of slang or typical characteristics when developing my AA characters. The women I create are sophisticated in other ways, some lost and confused, others brave and relentless, but everything is done over time.

Step outside of your comfort zone. Some markets are oversaturated and while I do understand a particular type of writing maybe your goto, it is still wise to find a new way of producing it. No one wants to read the same thing over and again, it becomes tedious.

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