Author Conversations with Vouge #KontrolReads

Since his release from prison, Brookstone’s most notorious drug lord, Jay Santiago, has been hard at work rebuilding his life and empire. With two businesses under his belt and one in the making, Jay is readily known as one of New York’s elite men. While the root of his financial status lies in the newly rebuilt Santiago cartel, Jay is determined to expand his wealth. After reconnecting with an old comrade, he believes that he has found the one thing that could increase his fortune and allow him to leave behind the dangers of his criminal enterprise for good. However, as Jay’s new business venture begins to come to fruition, he quickly learns that the one material object that he loves the most could lead to his biggest downfall yet.

Get to know Vogue:

  1. The Ace of Diamonds is Part Three of a series entitled The Diamond Collection. How is this book different from your two previous releases (Diamonds in the Rough and Diamonds Are Forever)? One of the most recognized differences between this book and my previous releases is the change in writing style. I was between the ages of nineteen and twenty-one when I wrote my first book, and in my opinion, the writing reflected my mindset at the time. Now, I am twenty-seven and am in a totally different place than I was eight or so years ago. I have matured tremendously and the growth is mirrored in my writing.

 

  1. Since your book is a series, are there any characters who you would like to revisit? Currently, there is only one character, Monifah Harris, who is from my first novel, Diamonds in the Rough. She actually makes an appearance in my fourth book, Black Diamonds. Her character was initially very minor and readers weren’t given a fair chance to get to know her like some of the other characters. In my fourth book, she has a much larger role and I can’t wait for readers to see her return.

 

  1. Are there any new characters introduced in The Ace of Diamonds? The new antagonist in the book is Shawn Blumington, who is commonly referred to as Blu. The purpose of his character is to show what can happen when a person gets too much power.

 

  1. While you were writing this book, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? There is only one scene in the book when I felt I was one of the characters. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that losing a parent at any age is devastating and is a wound that only time can heal. I lost both of my parents before the age of 22 and was forced to grow up quicker than I would have preferred. In writing this particular scene, I had to revisit a memory, which I try to keep suppressed. This scene in particular, is a chapter out of my own life, which I decided to share with readers through a fictional book.

 

  1. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a published author? It took me a few years to learn it, but I’ve finally grasped the concept of patience, which is one of the keys to becoming a successful author. While I would’ve loved to put out my first book and instantly become a household name, God had a different plan for me.

 

  1. What is the meaning behind the title? A lot of my readers view Jay as being invincible and a man who is at the top of his game. However, his storyline in the book does not always match this description. His rise from the bottom to the top is reflective of the original and current meaning of the word ace. Traditionally, the word ace carried a negative connotation because it meant bad luck. Now, it is known as the playing card with the highest value.

 

  1. What is next for Vogue? Currently my focus is on promoting The Ace of Diamonds. I am currently on a Virtual Book Tour, which will be followed by a Blurb Blitz Tour. In addition, I am in the process of setting up book signings, which will start in April. I plan on taking a break in October to devote myself to my fourth book, Black Diamonds, which I plan to release in December of 2013 or January of 2014.

 

 

Find the author:

Author Blog: www.simplyvogue.net

Publisher Website: www.crownjewelzpub.com

Twitter: @SimplyVogue_B

Facebook: www.thefacebook.com/simplyvogue

Instagram: MarilynMonRHO_1922

Email: blaq_pearls@yahoo.com

 

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Author of 13 novels as seen in Vibe Vixen, Essence, Uptown, and on BET and Centric .