Q: How long did it take you to write Love Lost No More?
A: Roughly eight years from start to publishing. I started it in my freshman year of college and set it down/picked it up at least four times since.
Q: How did you get the idea for Love Lost No More?
A: I credit my mother for the inspiration to write this book. She’s always been my biggest supporter when it comes to my writing. When I was a teenager, I would ask her to read my stories and tell me what she thought. She was always kind in her reviews, but I never got the awe-struck reaction I was looking for. I have a thing about people supporting me without actually being impressed by the things I write so it really bothered me. I purposed in my heart to write a story that would knock her socks off and thus Love Lost No More was born.
Q: Who was your favorite and least favorite character to write?
A: I’d have to say my favorite character to write (and in general) was Malachi. All three kids were big sweethearts and fun to write, but Malachi was just all over the place! From the very beginning, he’s made me laugh. I love him! As for my least favorite character to write (not in general), I’d have to say Elizabeth. She’s not a bad character, but she was difficult for me to understand, and it made writing her somewhat irritating.
Q: Were any of your characters based on people you know?
A: No. If anything, all the characters have little parts of me, but not anybody else.
Q: Any fun facts about Love Lost No More?
A: I don’t know if you’d count these as fun facts, but there were a few names I chose for specific reasons. I got Sarabi’s name from Simba’s mother on The Lion King. It’s my all-time favorite movie! I also chose Derrick’s name because Derrick Rose was my favorite basketball player for a while. (Currently, it’s Jimmy Butler) I picked Richard’s name because a fanfiction writer whose stories I really enjoyed had the name “Richie” in their pen name.
Q: Will there be a sequel?
A: Probably. The ending wasn’t the traditional happy ending to a romance story and I’d like to give Richard that.
Q: What significant changes did the book go through?
A: The better question is what significant changes didn’t the book go through? At one point in time, (older) Richard had a friend who acted as a mother figure to the kids. At another point, Sarabi and Richard got together in high school. In another rewrite, Sarabi’s father was alive. In another rewrite, Jeremiah didn’t exist and it was just Derrick. This book was all over the place!
Q: What’s your favorite book? Who’s your favorite author?
A: My favorite book is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I read it in high school and just never got over it. The story, the creativity, the writing—it was all very moving. As far as my favorite author goes, I was always fond of Toni Morrison.
Q: What was your favorite and least favorite part of the book to write?
A: My favorite parts to write were any of the scenes with the kids. As far as the least favorite…I’d say from the dream sequence with Sarabi to the end of the book. It was a somber write. All before was the love story and the randomness of the kids, but that part was when I had to knuckle down with the current Richard and acknowledge that Sarabi was deceased. That was when it really hit me. No more memories would be made with the two of them! I sulked. I remember when I had to write the part where she tells Richard she’s not coming back—I had tears in my eyes, struggling to hold it together in the middle of the library, lol.
Q: Why that title?
A: So, this book was known as “Love Story” for 99% of the time. I SUCK at coming up with titles. Seriously. Most of my stories are either untitled or the names of the main characters. With the help of a family friend, eventually, I got to Love Lost No More.
Q: If your book were to be made a movie, who would you want to star in it?
A: In my mind, I pictured (older) Richard and Sarabi looking something like Kellan Lutz and Dr. Ebonie Vincent. Younger, I don’t have anyone specific in mind.