Da'Neen Hale: Self Proclaimed
Urban Fiction Princess
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Da'Neen Hale is the new face of Shannon Holmes Communication Media. Discovered by chance on the social network MySpace, Da'Neen has finally unleashed her creativity to the public. Although a closet writer for years, Ms. Hale did not relent to her passion of writing until recent years.
After countless hours at her keyboard and many months of hard work, Da'Neen's first novel, Possession, was complete and ready to satisfy readers. Keep reading for a full interview with the new "Princess of Urban Fiction."
What do you want to be known for in this industry?
Da'Neen: I would love to be known in this industry as the author who produces great quality work, who entertains her audience as well as tackles real issues that we all either deal with or have dealt with while simultaneously taking the reader on a page-turning, roller coaster ride through my craft that will undoubtedly leave the reader breathless by the time they reach the last page.
Why should someone spend $10 - 15 on your novel?
Da'Neen: First, I want to thank all my readers who have spent 10-15 dollars on my novel. In the present state of this economy every dollar counts. For this reason it is my duty to give the readers what they want which is a page-turning, well-written book and by doing that the money spent will be well worth it.
Why did you decide to become an author?
Da'Neen: I decided to become an author because I haveread so many great books by other African American authors. Their work collectively inspired me to take my love for writingto another level and challenge myself to put together a novel of my own. I've been through a lot and I have seen a lot and I want to share my triumphs and failureswith the world. What better way, I thought, for me to do that, than to take the one thing I love (writing) and do just that!
Are there any writers who have influenced your writing? Why?
Da'Neen: Well I have to say Jackie Collins got me interested in reading. At the age of twelve I stumbled across her book Chances in my mothers closet and I snuck and read it because it was pretty racy for a twelve year old to read. By the time I got older I stumbled upon a book titled Mama by Terri McMillan tucked deep in the back of the bookstore. I purchased the book and couldn't wait to get home to read a book by a black woman that was written in a style that I understood and that touched me because I could relate to the situations in the story. As time went on I began to notice other new authors like, Teri Woods, Shannon Holmes, Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Webber, Nikki Turner, Vikki Stringer, and the list goes on, who convinced me that African Americans did have a voice in the literary world and I thank them all for kicking down the doors in the publishing industry that allow new authors like myself to now walk through.
Which one is more important to you, sharing your story with the world or the money and fame that could come along with that?
Da'Neen: Oh man, that question is easy. The most important thing to me is sharing my story! I love when I get emails from readers who tell me how much they loved the book. You can't put a price on that! Besides if you're looking to get rich in this industry instantly then you are in the wrong business. That only happens for a small percentage of us. It's like Shannon Holmes told me, you have to have a true love for writing to maintain in this business. If you're in it for the love of writing then the money will come.
How did you get your book published?
Da'Neen: Don't laugh because this is true! Shannon Holmes saw and read the first three chapters of Possession that was posted on my MySpace page and invited me to submit to his anthology he was releasing titled Hood 2 Hood. After he read my story titled "Sitting on a Gold Mine" he liked it and included it in the first book to be released off his new publishing company, Shannon Holmes Communications Media. After business was squared away with that he then offered me a separate deal to publish Possession. And just to think I thought putting my work on MySpace was a horrible idea but it turned out to be the best thing I could have done!
Could you describe your writing process for us? How long did it take to write your first project?
Da'Neen: My writing style is pretty simple. I write off the top of my head. I let my characters tell their own story. The only thing I do is show up in my basement with an idea, a Mimosa, and a Jazz CD. I dim the lights and immerse myself into a story that surprises me when I'm done!
What are three adjectives you could use to describe your writing style?
Da'Neen: The three words that describe my writing style would be Vivid, dramatic, and suspenseful.
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