Urban and Erotica author N’Tyse is the true definition of self-made. She self published her first novel, My Secrets, Your Lies which was a big success with fans and critics alike, and now she hopes to duplicate her success with her upcoming novels, Cougar Suites and Twisted Seduction. I had the chance to sit down with N’Tyse and talk shop as we discussed her career and plans for the future as a major literary figure for the modern times.
Parlé Magazine: Your first book, My Secrets, Your Lies was successful but can you tell us why you chose to self-publish? Can you share with us some of the experiences with self-publishing?
N’Tyse: When I finished writing that book, I honestly didn’t know what the next step was or which direction I should go. Self-publishing was an afterthought. I reached out to so many authors and publicists, Miasha, Torrian Ferguson (my big brother mentor), Vincent Alexandria, and Dawn Michelle with Dream Relations, just to name a few. I wanted to weigh my options and learn as much as I could about the literary process, and the industry. After I did my homework, I decided to take my book on a trial run. I invested in myself, negotiated my own printing deals, managed the distribution, marketing, and kept one hundred percent of the profits. Self-publishing also allowed me creative control over my product.
Parlé: Does eroticism play a vital role in your stories?
N’Tyse: Yes. I use sex scenes to ignite the passion between my characters, to move the plot forward, and most of all to allow my readers a chance to experience different fantasies. I want them to feel enticed.
Parlé: How have the fans responded to you so far?
N’Tyse: The reception has been wonderful from both my urban and erotica works. It always makes me feel extra special when a fan goes as far as writing me on facebook just to tell me how much they’ve enjoyed my works.
Parlé: So when you’re not busy writing, what do you do to relax?
N’Tyse: Wow! That’s a word that I don’t get to use that often. I’m not much of a T.V. person so I’ll more than likely be found curled up with a book and glass of wine. I also treat myself to manicures and spa pedicures, but again, Van (nail lady) will tell you that I always have a book in my hand.
Parlé: What kind of books do you read?
N’Tyse: I read everything but erotica and urban fiction are my favorite. I’ve also been meditating more nowadays so I’ll occasionally refer back to my self help or empowerment books.
Parlé: What authors inspired you?
N’Tyse: Zane, Terry McMillan, E. Lynn, and of course E.J.D. They were the pioneers for African American fiction and they were all I knew. I then discovered that there were urban books in the market. My first urban book was The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. After I read that … I grew a fetish for urban laced novels.
Parlé: So give us the names of all your books and anthologies you’ve been featured in.
N’Tyse: My Secrets Your Lies, Stud Princess Notorious Vendettas, Caramel Latte (Missionary No More PP2), Sinful Essence (Dialing For Pain), Illicit Fantasy (Bedtime Stories), and I wrote the Intro for Between The Sheets.
Parlé: Are you currently working on anything new?
N’Tyse: Of course. I just finished the first installment to my Cougar Suites series. Book one is a collabo with Lesley E. Hal and will be releasing in the spring of 2011 under Anexander Books. This book is fire! Waiting to Exhale meets Sex In The City. I’ve also just finished my fourth novel, Twisted Seduction, which I’m told is slated to release April 2012. I’m currently working on my fifth novel as well as some short fiction and scriptwriting.
Parlé: Where can people go to buy your books?
N’Tyse: Wherever books are sold. I do believe in supporting African American bookstores so please check their inventory first. They can find all of my novels in Borders, Barnes & Noble, and online. For the iphone and Kindle lovers out there, it’s available for download. If readers would like an autographed copy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to my website www.ntyse.com. After you’ve been enticed, please go to www.amazon.com and post your review.
Parlé: Do you have any inspiring words for young writers and fans?
N’Tyse: Time waits for no one so just do it! And no one will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself.
For updates on N’Tyse, I encourage our readers to check her out at www.ntyse.com, http://www.facebook.com/author.ntyse, http://www.myspace.com/ntyse and http://twitter.com/ntyse.
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