Senior Staff Writer, Donna Ramos sits down with new book author Krystle Hudson (AKA Janae Marie) who talks about her new books and the self-publishing process:
THE HUB: Tell us about yourself. How did you come up with your pen name? Why did you decide to write under a pen name?
Hudson: My pen name Janae Marie, came from combining my middle name and my sister’s middle name. I have been writing since I was 13 years old. I wrote short stories when I was 16 years old. In college I decided to become an author and took writing more seriously. I earned a B.A. in Media Arts, Journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit. I have been in Sacramento for 2 years.
THE HUB: What genre is your favorite? What genre does your book fall under?
Hudson: Urban fiction, I grew up reading urban fiction stories … you’ve probably seen in your neighborhood more realistic.
THE HUB: Did you self-publish? How did you like the process?
Hudson: Yes I did. It is a lot of work, rewarding because you are in charge of everything yourself, hire proofreaders, editors, type set, market and promote yourself. if you don’t know the business side you learn it.
THE HUB: What’s the title of your book? What is it about?
Hudson: I have two books, the first one is “Flirting with Temptation” and the second one is “Daddy’s Home” it’s due out August/September. It is about karma. Marketing executive Monica Clayton likes to sleep with married men; she sees nothing wrong with getting what she wants but a guy starts stalking her. She gets sick, re-evaluates her life and finds a man she really wants and karma enters. “Daddy’s Home” is about abandonment. A young lady is molested by her father but finds she has identity issues. She goes from one person to another looking for someone to take care of her, endures lots of pain and wrong turns.
THE HUB: What inspired your first book?
Hudson: “Flirting with Temptation” came to me. For “Daddy’s Home” I was inspired waiting for the bus; I saw a young lady fighting with her boyfriend, their dialogue inspired me.
THE HUB: What are your hopes for your books?
Hudson: That they entertain and inspire people.
THE HUB: What future projects/events are on the horizon for you? Book signings, etc.
Hudson: I will be at the Sacramento Black Book Fair in June and the Exceptional Women of Color event in September.
THE HUB: Who do you admire in the literary world?
Hudson: Maya Angelou and Sista Souljah.
THE HUB: If you collaborated with another writer, who would you like it to be?
Hudson: Rashonda Tate Billingsley and N’Tyse.
THE HUB: Anything we haven’t covered that you’d like to add?
Hudson: I started a publishing company, J. M. Publications and published my books through it (jmpublications.com). I have a weekly blog: Yu v news.blogspot.com (young urban voices news). I do interviews, entertainment, stories and I wrote an opinion piece on Trayvon Martin. I also wrote, produced, directed and edited my own short film entitled, ”My Mother Donna.” It’s about a once drug addicted mother thought to be dead and how she tries to reunite with her estranged family.
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