Title: Mistaken Identity
Genre: African American Romance
Synopsis: The only thing Briana and Tiana have in common are their identical looks. For Tiana, life is one challenge after another, but her greatest struggle is sharing a face with the sister she despises. Tired of living in the shadows, she comes up with a plan to finally have everything she ever wanted.
Everything seems to come easy for Briana, including her beautiful children, loving husband and dynamic career. Briana’s charmed life is ripped apart when she wakes up in the hospital with no idea who she is and no memory of her former life. With the help of the handsome stranger who saved her, Briana builds a new life and finds new love, while Tiana won’t rest until Briana has no life at all.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Stephanie Nicole Norris. She grew up a lover of reading and has always had a talent for writing. Welcome to my blog, Stephanie.
CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?
SNN: Love, drama, jealousy, and deceit.
CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?
SNN: My storylines come from a variety of ideas. Sometimes, I have crystal clear dreams that are so strong that I can’t turn away from them. I’ll pick up a recording device and record what the dream was about and then I’ll add details around it, to give myself a small outline.
Other times, I may have an idea to challenge myself and bit by bit I’ll put together an outline for a story. Many things trigger my creativity—music, reading, T.V., or real life—it just depends on what’s happening at the time.
CH: Most twins are very close to each other. Tell us a little bit about your book. Where did you get the premise for this story?
SNN: I always wanted to write a story about twins, but I wanted to go against the norm. Most twins do get along, but when they don’t, it’s bad. I decided to have one twin envy the other, because she was more successful, committed and trustworthy. I also wanted the reader to take notice that the envious twin also had great things going in her life, but she was so jealous that she didn’t take notice of the blessings she had. That happens every day to everyday people. Often times, we may look at someone’s popularity or financial income and wish we had what they do, but overlook what we have.
CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?
SNN: The biggest challenge for me was bringing it to a close. My previous books are a part of a series and the excitement of reading about the same characters going through different things is what I love. However, this story stands alone, so I needed to bring it to a solid end with no cliffhangers.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing?
SNN: My stories have a variety of trials in them. I like to put my characters in situations it’s hard to get out of. That also challenges me as a writer, so although I write romance, it’s mixed with drama, violence, suspense, thrills, action and sometimes, adventure. I’ve been compared to James Patterson and my editor tells me my romance is more complex.
CH: Where did you get the idea for the book?
SNN: It didn’t all come to me at one time. I created an outline, put it to the side for many months, then went back to it and revised it, adding more intricate parts.
CH: Nowadays, everyone is writing a series, what made you decide to write a stand-alone book?
SNN: I have a series that’s comprised of four books, Trouble In Paradise, Vengeful Intentions (part 2), For Better and Worse (part3) and Until My Last Breath (part 4). I not only wanted to write a series of books. A lot of people like to read stand-alone novels and I wanted to make sure I could supply those readers, as well.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
SNN: I always take pieces of real life and put them in my stories. It’s the best way to mix up a good read. Then, of course, I add fictional details that help make the story a memorable one.
CH: Who was your favorite character to write?
SNN: I’m going with Charles Finnegan. He’s the hero in the story, who falls in love with Briana, the good twin. I loved bringing his character to life. He’s so charismatic, strong and loveable.
CH: Which character was hardest to write?
SNN: For me, it’s always hardest to write the nemesis, which in this case is the evil twin, Tianna. When I write I have to put myself in the character’s mind and it takes a lot out of me to be so evil and conniving. It’s almost like when an actor plays a part in a movie. Cuba Gooding, Jr. played the part of O. J. Simpson in his autobiography movie and he said it took him two and a half months to shed O. J.’s full persona and get back to his regular self. There is no doubt that having to play such characters, even when writing one, does the same to me.
CH: What do you want readers to grasp from this novel?
SNN: No matter how good someone else’s life looks, you never know what they endured to get there and you should always count the blessings you have in your own life.
CH: What type of feedback are you receiving?
SNN: Nothing but positive feedback. It’s really a pleasure to have people love the storyline.
CH: Can you tell us a little bit about your success as an author and your writing journey?
SNN: Success can be defined in so many different ways. It’s really what you make it. For me, being able to publish my first book, Trouble In Paradise, was my biggest success. Writing comes fluent to me but the business side can be stringent. That said, I love to write and will always do it.
CH: What’s next for you as an author?
SNN: Recently, I’ve decided to enter some books into awards programs to see how far I can go with my stories. It would be delightful to win or even get close to winning and taking myself to the next level.
CH: Can you give my audience your website address?
SNN: Yes, it is www.stephaniennorris.wordpress.com
CH: Can you tell my audience where they can purchase your book?
SNN: For paperback my books can be purchased at Amazon and CreateSpace. For ebook you can find my books on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, Ibookstore, and Smashwords. Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2a5Twsn
CH: Any closing remarks?
SNN: I want to thank you very much for allowing me to visit your blog today, Cheryl and keeping you and your readers company. I do have pop up contest and giveaways that I send out to subscribers of my newsletter. If you would like to sign up here’s the link! http://bit.ly/1PX4OCU
CH: Thank you, Stephanie Nicole Norris, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your writing journey and your book with my audience.
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