Musicians and actors have the benefit of being able to bring their words to life when they perform. The job of an author relies solely on the reader, those who do a good job remind us of the joys of writing and how words can entertain us while others make us wish we couldn’t read at all. Author Avery Goode is no stranger to that relationship when it comes to reading and writing. She often spent years of her youth reading and writing building a love for books as well as her passion for writing. With her first urban fiction novel Dishonest expected to drop soon, Avery was kind enough to spare some of her time with us to discuss the joys, benefits and advantages of being a new writer on the literary scene.
Parlé Magazine: Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Avery Goode: I grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I was inspired to write because I really loved to read. I was alone a lot as a child, I was the youngest out of all my cousins and they didn’t want a runt tagging along with them so they would buy me books, pencils and things like that. They inadvertently help strengthened my will to write once I got older.
Parlé: What was it like for you when you first sat down to write?
Avery: It’s my first love, it’s like second nature to me now. When I pick up a pen I go into this zone and sometimes it’s really hard to explain. I get supercharged with all these ideas going through my head, thank God for a voice recorder because sometimes it gets to be so much I feel like I can’t even keep up. These stories play out in my mind as I write them like a movie reel.
Parlé: Can you tell us about your book?
Avery: The name of my book is Dishonest, which is my first book, I’m planning to release it mid to late February. It’s urban fiction but I tend to stray away from the conventional urban fiction a lot of people are used to reading about. It’s based in Oklahoma and it’s not your typical shoot ‘em up style, it’s more of a white collar crime book. It’s a story about revenge but mainly redemption.
Parlé: What’s Dishonest about?
Avery: Dishonest is a story about a girl named Honesty Mitchell. She was a lost child in a woman’s body trying to find her way. As a little girl, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and never fully recovered mentally from the trauma. Her parents were drug dealers that were trying to give her a better life before they died but they never got the chance. Not wanting to follow in her parents footsteps by entering into the dope game, Honesty is determined to play a different game. She wants to do things her way. Armed with her mothers’ beauty and her fathers’ intelligence, she embarks on a series of white collar crime sprees. From writing checks, to making credit cards and other elaborate bank schemes, she gets her hustle on, quickly making a name for herself on the streets. But then she meets a man that makes her want to leave the lies, games, and drama alone. Soon she is faced with hard choices. Abandon the game and family that raised her or follow her heart and future with a man she barely knows. Now she’s beginning to learn that the rules of the game are the same despite which game you choose to play and getting out is certainly much harder than getting in.
Parlé: Who is the inspiration behind Honesty Mitchell?
Avery: A lot of Honesty is inspired by someone close to me but she’s mainly a work of my imagination. Each character in my book will definitely remind you of someone because I’ve taken so much from people that have inspired me to make them real and not just words on a page.
Parlé: With Dishonest being your first published book, what was the process like getting it out there?
Avery: I have a traditional book deal so I didn’t have to self publish which is a blessing. I did my homework before I went out, a lot a publishing houses and agents they don’t even want to deal with you if you’re writing fiction and it’s not complete. I did a lot of editing on my own. I started sending my work out to different agents and publishers and although I got so many ‘No’s” I didn’t let it stop me because I was determined to get this out there. One day, I got a response from Urban Edge Publishing which is who I’m with now. The CEO is of Urban Edge Publishing is Shae Anderson. She saw that I was determined and had a voice and was willing to take a chance with me.
Shannon Holmes, who’s one of the greatest urban fiction writers also read a rough copy of my book and he really liked it.
Parlé: With the book being ready for realease, are you connected to any social sites so our readers can get updates about you and the book?
Avery: Yes. I try to make myself available to any and everyone who’s interested.
With the book date coming soon, I want to thank Author Avery Goode for dropping by and sharing with us both her time and wisdom about the literary industry and her new project.
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