Keisha Ervin
Urban Book Source
March 2006
Keisha ErvinKeisha Ervin entered the literary game by storm with her debut novel, Me and My Boyfriend. With a writing style all her own, Keisha brings you in step with black love and the way it really happens; No fairy tales, or honey covered love stories here, just the truth.

Me and My Boyfriend was followed up by Ms. Ervinís heart wrenching, semi-autobiographical sophomore novel, Chyna Black, which worked its way into the hearts of readers and tops of bestsellers list such as Essence. With her fourth novel just completed and her third novel Minaís Joint freshly on shelves, Keisha Ervin promises to bring you more drama-filled, eye-opening urban tales.

Currently Keisha resides in St. Louis, MO where she continues to perfect her craft, while raising her son.

UBS: What do you think of the urban fiction trend as of right now? And what is your take on the bashing of this growing genre?
Keisha:
Frankly, I donít look at it as a trend. A trend is something that may come and go or only last for a while. I look at urban fiction as something that will stand the test of time. You know there was a time when people thought that hip-hop music was a trend now twenty something years later it is still around and is the number one genre of music so to me urban fiction will always be around. I love it. Iím its biggest fan.

I think the people that bash urban fiction, are people who either A donít know anything about it or B just donít live it.

UBS: Any upcoming projects?
Keisha:
Yes, I just finished my fourth novel, Hold U Down and Iím working on the third installment to the Me & My Boyfriend series. Also I have a clothing line called Critique that Iím trying to get off the ground.

UBS: Your new novel Minaís Joint, what is it about?
Keisha:
Minaís Joint is a continuation of sort to Me & My Boyfriend, my first novel. It is about a twenty-five year old woman named Mina who owns a full service salon. Sheís engaged to the Mayor of St. Louisí son but she is unhappy and being abused. Mina wants to end the relationship but doesnít know how to. Out of nowhere her childhood sweetheart Victor returns. Mina then must deal with her feelings for Victor and while dealing with other issues and situations that turn her life upside down.

UBS: Do you come across writerís block? And how do you get over it?
Keisha:
I really havenít experienced writerís block. Personally I only write when I feel inspired to. Iím not one of those authors who can write all day and night. Thatís just not me. I can go weeks sometime without writing a thing but when I do I try to make sure that I have something interesting to say.

UBS: Who are some of your favorite authors? What types of books do you read when you are not writing your own work?
Keisha:
My favorite authors are Teri Woods, TuShonda L. Whitaker, and KíWan. I mainly read urban fiction novels but I told myself that this year I am going to broaden my horizons. I really love a good love story. Thatís my favorite type of book to read.

UBS: Which one of your books did you enjoy writing the most? And why?
Keisha:
I would have to say Minaís Joint and Hold U Down. Minaís Joint was the easiest book Iíve written thus far. I wanted to show the people who read my work another side of me. Personally I find myself to be very funny so I wanted to show the readers that. So far they seem to get and like it a lot. I had so much fun creating Delicious, Rita, and Berniece.

Hold U Down was fun too because I felt like I was getting back to my old style of writing. This book has so much of St. Louis in it and so much of my own characteristics in it. I think the readers are gonna love it.

UBS: Will you ever publish books in the future?
Keisha:
Maybe, it would have to be something that I was really committed and interested in for me to self-publish it.

UBS: Do you stick with a writing schedule? How much writing do you do per day?
Keisha:
No, I donít have a writing schedule. Like I said I write when Iím inspired by something Iíve either seen, heard, or been through. I really have to be in a creative mood to write. Even though I donít write everyday I do jot down ideas often throughout the day.

UBS: Will you ever write in a different genre, such as Fantasy or Sci-fi?
Keisha:
No, I donít think so. Love stories are my thing. I really love telling stories that have to do with human emotions between a man and women. Nothing is better to me. I love the whole make up and break up thing. Maybe thatís why Iím single.


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