Q & A: Angel Mechelle Mitchell
by Taylor Nix
How did you get your start as an author? How did you meet Shannon Holmes?
A couple of years ago, Shannon was accepting submissions for his anthology Hood2Hood. I submitted my stories and to my surprise they were accepted. I found out that Shannon also went to my Myspace page and read about my novel Another Woman’s Husband. We talked a little about it and he showed interest in publishing it. I had the opportunity to finally meet him at the Harlem Book Fair a few months later.
How has your experience as an author been thus far?
So far so good. There have been some ups and downs and a lot of lessons learned. Overall, I have enjoyed meeting my readers and networking with other authors whom I have always admired.
As a first-time author how did you get your short story featured in an Anthology with authors Tracy Brown and K’wan?
That was truly a blessing. Monique Patterson gave me the opportunity of a lifetime after reading some of my work, but if Shannon never gave me the opportunity in Hood2Hood, I don’t think anything like that would have ever happened. It was a big deal for me. I am grateful to both Shannon and Monique for the opportunity.
Tell us about your novel Another Woman’s Husband?
Another Woman’s Husband is a twisted love story. Bree Michaels is a single mother who happens to fall deep in love with her neighbor’s husband. At first they try to keep it a secret, but when they begin to feel like they are meant to be together and that they are “soul mates”, it doesn’t matter who finds out. Not even the wife, Neecy. Another Woman’s Husband details the ups and downs of a forbidden affair. The emotions that Bree Michaels experiences seem to resonate with women everywhere.
As a point clarification for our readers your novels are published under two different but very similar names, why have you chosen this route? Do you find that using a pseudonym is benefical to authors?
I wrote Another Woman's Husband under Angel Mechelle, it's my first and middle name. When it came to doing the short stories, I don't know why but I wanted to use my first and last name. So as it stands, my short stories are written under my first and last name, Angel Mitchell. And my novels will be written under Angel Mechelle.
I think it can be beneficial, you can write under different generes almost like you are another person, when you use a pseudonym, but it can also be confusing to readers sometimes, because if for example, you write street lit under Jane Doe and erotica under Sally Jones, you are not really giving your readers a chance to cross over and experience your other work. Especially if they don't know.
You mentioned you received emails on a daily basis, why do you think people reach out to you?
I think they reach out because Another Woman’s Husband is so real. The situation is realistic, the actions and emotions are realistic. The story just seems to touch people.
What is some advice you would give to a writer trying to get published?
Research, research, research! Don’t jump on the first opportunity that comes your way. Be patient. I would also add, to be careful. Sometimes, as new author you are so green, so hungry, and so eager to get your work out there, you will trust anyone. In this business you have to be mindful of who you are connecting with.
Has your experience in Germany and living in many states and several countries influenced your writing? If so, in which way?
I think that living in another country, meeting and interacting with people from different backgrounds, gives me a lot of material to draw from. I think the experience has enhanced my imagination a little bit.
What is your definition of street literature?
Street Lit to me are stories of the street. Stories that tell of the street life, there are a lot of ways you could define it, I guess. It has become such a broad genre now.
As a new author in the industry, what is something you would like to see change?
I would just like to see some of the business practices change. Some things are really shady and shaky. It is kind of scary out there for a new author. Some don’t understand that you can have your dream stolen in an instant, simply by shady business practices.
Do you think street lit is dead or saturated?
Street Lit is not dead or saturated. I believe, if you have a story to tell, tell it.
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