Ja’Nese Dixon is an avid reader and coffee drinker from Houston, Texas, who also loves to run, cook, and craft. She likes to write romance with drama, high stakes, suspense, love and a dash of heat. But that’s not all. She’s also a wife, mother of three, and entrepreneur. Read on to learn more from the author herself:
What did you edit out of this book?
I had to edit out scenes that were really meant for my understanding of the character but not necessary for the reader.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
It is always a challenge to grasp the differences in how men and women communicate and why. I have to talk with my husband a lot about why and how of the male thinking process.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I researched in phases. In the beginning, I researched conflict diamond and international trading laws and I took about a year or so thinking about the project. The next phase was researching specifically for the book. I estimate that was about a few months. Then it took about a week or so to bring all the elements together after writing the second draft.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes. I like to read reviews, of course I don’t always like what I read. However, I believe there is good and bad in all reviews. I’ve learned to take what I need to be a better writer and leave the rest. 😉
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
I write fiction. Therefore, my characters are a melting pot of experiences, people, news, personal curiosity and so much more. I think all I owe is to be honest in my interactions and aim to give a little hope in each story I tell.
How do you select the names of your characters?
I could teach a class on this. LOL! I have an entire process. But to sum it up, I consider: (1) gender, (2) nationality, (3) age, and (4) role in the story.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Both. My novel will have other stories that connect, which will make it a series. However, I want each story to stand on its own. A beginning, middle and end. But I also see my characters as people. Who do you know that doesn’t have a story after the last story? We are always encountering a new challenge, a new obstacle and I see my characters through the same perspective.
What is your favorite childhood book?
What are you currently reading?
Black Diamond. I’m re-reading my book to finalize the edits for the next story African Emerald.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work (or what do you do for work other than write)?
Teach. I love teaching and helping others.
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