By: Brittanie Tate
Publication date: October 22, 2015
Publisher: Talehia Presents (October 22, 2015)
PEN’Ashe Magazine: How did you come up with your title?
A: My boss and I were going back and forth about it for days before finally deciding on “Married To A Cartel Boss” even after deciding it had been changed about five times, lol. This just fit because it told the story without giving away too much of it.
PEN’Ashe Magazine: Are any of the character’s experiences based on someone you know, or your own life?
A: Omel the younger crazy brother is based off of my brother, lol. Don’t tell him. I built all the brothers from my brothers, they’re crazy.
PEN’Ashe Magazine: How much of the book is realistic?
A: Mostly all of it I’d say is realistic; the love, the hate, the feuds between the family members. It’s some every day stuff.
PEN’Ashe Magazine: Is there a message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?
A: Yes! There’s a message in every book. I just want my readers to know love is hard, but when it’s worth it, it won’t hurt. Find someone who cares about and will go to the ends of the world to prove that to you.
PEN’Ashe Magazine: If you had to do it all over again would you change anything in your book?
A: No!! I loved my book, it was dear to my heart and I told the story I was aiming to tell and people loved the book and me for that.
PEN’Ashe Magazine: How did you come up with the plot?
A: Watching movies and listening to music. I was like dang, I want to write a ride or die love story like this. I could picture it in my mind as Gates was rapping.
PEN’Ashe Magazine: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: The synopsis was the HARDEST part of the whole book! Like I wrote 45 thousand words with no problem, when I had to summarize all of that in two paragraphs without giving too much away then I was stressing.
PEN’Ashe Magazine: Did you learn anything from your characters while writing your book? What was it?
A: Yes. My characters taught me that sometimes blood isn’t thicker than water. The Ryan family goes through all of this and they realize that loyalty is just a word to some people. I had to realize that not everyone has the same heart or mindset as I do.
PEN’Ashe Magazine: Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?
A: I want to tell my readers thank you. Thank you for believing in me and picking up anything with my name on it. It’s a dream come true to be able to write and have fans like I do. Thank you so much for your support.
PEN’Ashe Magazine: What were some of the challenges in bringing it to life?
A: I had to make sure that everything made sense and that I was getting the correct message across.
PEN’Ashe Magazine: How would you describe your book to someone who has not read your book or any of your previous novels?
A: I would describe my books as realistic dramas that showcase the streets in a manner unlike ever before. I bring the drama and the stuff in the world that people don’t like to talk about into the light.
About the Book (synopsis): What would you do if your own family turned out to be your enemies? When the very people who helped you become who you are, plot your downfall? Who do you trust when it seems everyone around you have secretly made a vow to make sure you don’t live to see the next day?
The Ryan men are a group of four smart and lethal brothers all about making a come up. Led by their father Rich Ryan, to these men, the most important thing is money and they are going to get it by any means necessary! Even if that means they have to cross each other.
Fearing the possibilities of losing his sons’ focus and his spot as the boss to one of his ruthless sons he comes up with a plan to yank them back in line. His plan all has to do with Aza Muhammad, the Nigerian beauty who has captured the attention of the Ryan men and younger brother Kash Ryan’s heart.
Now it has become a game with no rules, as loyalty is no longer a thing, family is nothing but a word, and love is a powerful weapon all must fight in order to survive; in the cartel world you will see there are no happy endings.
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