From a young age, author and playwright Mychea dreamt of having her words in print. At the age of eleven, she began writing and illustrating her own short stories, and in 2010, the Washington, D.C. native realized her dreams when he first novel, Coveted, was published. A tale of sex, scandals and lies, Coveted tells the story of five characters whose lives are intertwined by dark secrets lurking just below the surface. The sequel to Coveted, Vengeance, will be released in the beginning of 2015.
In 2012, Mychea released He Loves Me, He Loves You Not, which was followed shortly thereafter by parts two and three in the series, and in early 2014, she published My Boyfriend’s Wife, a story of lust, betrayal and perseverance.
What was your childhood like, and how did it shape who you are today?
My childhood was very imaginative and filled with books! My mom had me reading before I was two and since then, I have been caught up in the wonderful world of make believe. Reading books was my favorite pastime and a chance for me to get away from everything in the world. I decided at a young age that I wanted to contribute to the literary world and leave my stamp.
Who are your biggest creative influences?
When it comes to creative influences, I really don’t have any. I depend solely on myself. However, I do have career influences and people that I admire for their business savvy. One in particular is Azarel who is the owner of Life Changing Books, Wahida Clark, Mary B. Morrison, Kimberla Lawson Roby and Silk White who is owner of Good2Go Publishing.
When in need of inspiration, where do you turn?
When in need of inspiration, I turn to real life situations that are happening around me and maximize them by a thousand! A little exaggeration has never hurt a story.
How have you grown and evolved as a writer over the years?
I am more conscious of my writing skills now. I do my best to find some amazing editors, so my works don’t have errors as my first novels did. I am more familiar with the industry and have a better concept about how long it will take me to finish a story.
When it comes to marketing yourself and your books, what methods have you had the most success with?
I find it to be more a matter of everything working together between social media, word of mouth, targeted market campaigns, etc. to bring forth the success of any given project.
Do you read reviews of your own work? If so, how do they affect you or your approach to writing?
Yes, I make it a point to read reviews of my novels several times a week. I am very open to criticism and make a note to alter things in my next book if necessary.
What goes into transforming a novel into a play? What sort of challenges do you face when doing so?
My biggest challenge is transforming the script over from a manuscript to a play script. I swear it is the bane of my existence, but it gets done. LOL! Many scenes have to be rewritten to reflect being on stage versus the various locations that may be reflected in the novel.
What do you enjoy most about living and working in the vicinity of Washington, D.C.?
Well, I currently reside in Maryland. I was born in D.C., so it is my hometown and I definitely love everything the city has to offer. I love the culture and being so close to the Smithsonian. I love museums. Huge, huge fan.
What’s the best song you’ve heard recently?
I don’t know that I can name a particular song, but I am a huge fan of August Alsina and can listen to his whole album.
If you could choose just one thing to change about the world, what would it be?
Hunger. If I could feed everyone in the world that was hungry, I would.
Do you believe in fate, or are we all free to choose and shape our own destinies?
I believe that fate is predestined. What is meant to be, will be. Every time.
If you could offer one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Write. Every day, all day. Write. So when opportunity knocks you are ready.
What are you working on next?
I am finishing part three to the Coveted series. My stage play My Boyfriend’s Wife will be showcasing March 14 – 15, 2015 in D.C. and I will have part one of my e-book series coming out shortly. I’m super excited and looking forward to 2015!