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About April Alisa Marquette ~ Author
Author April Alisa Marquette
April's latest writing of her sexy and intriguing new novel series is, "Improbable (The Cohorts, Generation Next Book 1)"
Every once in a while a writer comes along that transcends any boundaries of genre, race or social status, with stories that we can all relate to, or imagine, and dream about.
April Alisa Marquette is one of those authors whose imaginations of romance and intrigue about complex individuals caught in webs of desire and deception, makes her one of the best kept secrets on the literary stage today.
A self published author, April has written several novels now that are romantic fantasies about human desires and circumstances. Her latest book is called: Improbable and is her follow-up in a series she calls the "Cohort Trilogy".
Improbable's Amazon storyline reads: "You loved Beau and the ladies in the provocative Cohort Trilogy. Now meet their offspring, in IMPROBABLE... See why the talk was all over the island. Find out why some said it was highly improbable that the blond, moody, Home Wares heir; the caramel brown sheriff; and one of Hollywood's hottest actors, were all in love with the same woman, Gemma Janelle. Then find out what lengths Ashlee, a bottled blond will go to, to replace her. Riveting, sensual and engrossing, a story of coming of age; see how twisted love can take a very wrong turn. The Cohorts, Generation Next - Book One".
A native New Yorker who now makes her home in Atlanta, GA., April caught the writing bug in college and wanted to create adult sagas that depict smart, sexy multi-cultural women.
But she hasn't been short on stories about men either. Her Cohort Trilogy is about a tall, attractive, and buff fellow named Beau. Beau is a gay male whose three closest friends are women.
Her adult works have been called intense and emotionally jolting. They have even been called all-night-reads. In a review, a fellow writer once wrote, "Ms. Marquette spins magic with her words. Reading her, you just may laugh out loud one moment, then shed tears the next."
April also writes non-fiction. She happens to be the co-author of an inspirational series entitled Relinquish and Reap. Biographical in nature, the quick-reading purse-sized books are slated to tell seventy-something Jessica Janna's story. There is a book for each decade of the singer/songwriter/evangelist's life.
I sat down with April recently to find out what makes this author tick, and why she chooses to self-publish over having a traditional publisher, who some of her writing contemporaries and influences are, and where she sees her career going.
Q) What author influenced you the most and why?
A) One author that had a great influence on me is Rosamunde Pilcher, a world renowned British author. Whenever I read her, I wind up in the specific place and time of her choosing. To me that is powerful; when an author can take you wherever they want in a story. Yet more importantly, I admire that Ms. Pilcher can keep me there with her beautiful descriptions and flowing prose.
Q) What is your favorite book?
A) I have two faves. 'Heart of a Woman' by Maya Angelou, and 'Coming Home' by Rosamunde Pilcher. Both stories are about just what their titles suggest. Although Heart of a Woman is non-fiction, Coming Home is like it in that both books take an honest, no holds barred look at life. Although there is an element of sorrow in both, they also exhibit humor, wit, and compassion.
Q) You are a self published author, how did that come about?
A) I didn't set out to become an indie author. However, the publisher I had was unwilling to move as fast as I wanted to. By that I mean: I have so many stories to tell, and I wanted to get them out at my pace. Therefore, the publisher and I had a meeting, and I was given wings. There were no bad feelings at all, it was just liberating for all involved. Then on my own, I had so many things to learn. It wasn't easy. Sometimes it was downright frustrating, but I am yet learning, and I love it! I will forever be grateful to my first publisher for the specific opportunity that led me 'here.'
Q) Do you have any plans to get "picked-up" by a Publishing company one day? And, what types of difficulties have you encountered as a independent author when dealing with the mainstream literary world?
A) I don't have those types of plans because I am doing work that I love. I will say that on some fronts that might be nice -- but then again, like the late, inspirational and iconic Joan Rivers did, I too get to reinvent myself whenever I want. I get to pick and choose, I get to decide what direction I want to go in, and I like that. To further answer your question, as an independent author, it has been my experience that the mainstream literary world is quite closed, to those who are not already a big name author/celebrity, or to those who don't happen to want to piggy back on some literary luminary.
Q) Tell me the most intriguing thing about writing for you?
A) I am intrigued by the whole writing process, from start to finish. Although each author has their way, the one commonality is that we all start with a blank slate. Then things come together. I happen to love research. You know, for the region that the characters might reside in, or for the particular job they might have, etc. Now one might ask, "Why do all that?" and my answer would be, "Background is needed because a reader might have a similar job." Why insult their intelligence by bluffing? To many people, nothing is worse than reading about something they know of, when the author really doesn't. It becomes obvious, as well as off-putting. In the writing process I am also intrigued by the way characters let me know what they want to say or do. What takes getting used to is that these juicy little tidbits often come at inopportune times! Still, it is my job to give readers what has been imparted.
Q) What do you hope your readers will get from your writing?
A) I hope my readers get a lot of things. I want them to laugh, and feel like crying, occasionally, right along with my characters. I want readers to be shocked or maybe even recoil from some of the things the characters do. I want readers to excitedly turn pages. I want them to stay up just one more hour to see what will happen. I want them to see the sexy, and really get the characters, as well as the inside joke. I want them to want to read just one more page, but most of all . . . I want to offer hope. You see, I write about life situations. True, there is often drama and heartbreak, but in the midst, I offer hope. Honestly, every story doesn't need to end happy; sometimes happily ever after just isn't in the cards, but as an author I can offer a candle, a light at the end of the tunnel.
Q) Who is your reading audience? What demographic do you feel best fits you as author?
A) Adult readers who want to unravel a great story are my audience. Women who are smart and know it are mine. The waitress, the dancer, and young savvy ladies who are out there making their way in the world, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, lovers, and friends, are my audience. Single parents, people who are movers and shakers, those who have been jilted, or not, the audacious, and the not so daring, the meek as well as the loud, the woman with the big laugh, the one with the shy smile, she too is my audience. Teachers and transit workers, preachers, students who want to revist school, to get a diploma or a degree, that one who may have been hurt, or so loved; the sister, the friend, even the frenemy is my audience. Men are too; gay or straight, men who love, or despise, real live characters like those in my books. Proud dads -- like my late father, and dads-to-be, uncles, grooms, and grandfathers, hipsters and nerds are my audience. It doesn't matter what nationality, I've got something to offer, because I believe just one thing. Great stories contain something for all of the above.
Q) Tell me about this current series of books and your new release?
A) My current series of books follows 'The Cohort Trilogy.' In Book One readers meet a beautiful, buff, gay male named Beau. They get to hang out with him and his women friends, until one betrays him -- by cavorting with his man! Then there is drama. However, maybe the friends that can, will progress, in the second novel. I'm not telling . . . In Book Three, there is no peekaboo; the door is wide open and The Cohorts' whole backstory is exposed. That brings us to my latest. Entitled ',' it is The Cohorts spin-off series: Improbable'Generation Next.' If a reader thought the first generation was interesting, then they should find these newbies most intriguing -- to say the least. My novel 'Improbable' is naughty and fun and messy, and throws readers quite a few wicked curves. Readers will get to see how twisted love can take a very wrong turn, or two.
Q) What are your goals with your writing career; where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
A) Years from now I see myself still creating great stories for the adults who want them. I also see myself doing seminars that will benefit up & coming writers.
Q) Maya Angelou recently passed away, how did she impact you as a writer?
A) While she lived, our sage great poet had a huge impact on me. Not only did she influence the way I wanted to live my life, but upon first reading her, she influenced the way I wanted to write. She was candid, and this was back in the day, when to be so honest was taboo. I loved that she told the truth about life's hard situations. Yet she did so with candor, sometimes with humor and most often with grace.
Q) What advice would you give any young, or older, unpublished writer out there looking to get their book published?
A) I would say make sure your work is presentable; use spell check, or better yet, a reputable editing service; we only get one chance to make a great first impression. Then I would say keep pushing, keep submitting -- if you're going the traditional route. My mom always said, "Among all the no's there will be a yes." Or if you'll do the indie thing, follow an author you admire who has done the same, and never be afraid to ask for tips on how you can do it too!
Whether April Alisa Marquette stays a self-published author, or gets picked up by the main-stream publishing world, I believe this author will blossom into quite the influential writer of the 21st century, much like those writers who influenced her career.
April's newest work ~ 'Improbable'
The forerunner to April's new 'Improbable' series
April writes other genres of books, such as this biography she co-wrote about R&B singer, J. Holiday's life with his mother, Frances Wellington
April's novels have been called stories for the "Grown and Sexy"
An interview with April Marquette on historic Clark Atlanta University's television show, "Potpourri", May 6th, 2013
The late Maya Angelou influenced writers the world over including April.
Romance novelist, Rosamunde Pilcher, was another influence on April's career.
Maeve Binchy Snell, known as Maeve Binchy, was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, columnist, and speaker best known for her sympathetic and ofte
April's influences as a writer.
Yes the late great Maya Angelou was a great influence. Not only did she influence the way I wanted to live my life, but she influenced the way I wanted to write. While reading her I noticed how candid she was, and at the time to be so honest was not the thing to do. I also noticed that although she told the truth about hard situations, she could still make me laugh. While reading her, I felt she imparted a type of grace.
Another beloved author of mine is Rosamunde Pilcher, a world renowned British author. While reading her, I noticed that she put me into a specific space and time. What's more, she kept me there with her beautiful descriptions and flowing prose. She has had a great influence on my writing style. For me, reading her is like spending time with your sweetest auntie.
Maeve Binchy is also a personal favorite. Her novels, like mine, always have a slew of characters and many of them are flawed. Yet as a reader, I could never despise any of them because at some point she always allowed their humanity to shine through. This I try to do. Ms. Binchy's dialogue is quick and quirky, and I never know where I will end up while reading her, but that is the fun of it. I was saddened to hear of her passing.
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