Book Interview: What the Heart Wants

By: Brittanie Tate

What The Heart Wants: An Urban Love Story

Publication date: 03/02/2016

Publisher: Leo Sullivan Presents

Available in E-book only 

What the Heart WantsPEN’Ashe Magazine: How did you come up with your title?

A: It was originally titled ‘It’s Your Love That Holds Me Together’, but since it seemed a bit long, I shortened it. I feel like that title suits the story better. But the new title, ‘What The Heart Wants’ is great as well. It’s a story of two best friends. One of the two is secretly in love with the other.


PEN’Ashe Magazine: Are any of the character’s experiences based on someone you know, or your own life?

A: No. My characters were created solely from my imagination.


PEN’Ashe Magazine: How much of the book is realistic?

A: I’d say 98% of it is realistic. There is a lot of violence and drug dealing going on that realistically, wouldn’t be so easy to get away with.


PEN’Ashe Magazine: Is there a message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?

A: Not necessarily. Its only part one to the series; by the end there will definitely be a message in it.


PEN’Ashe Magazine: If you had to do it all over again would you change anything in your book?

A: No.


PEN’Ashe Magazine: How did you come up with the plot?

A: My fiancé gave me an idea for a main character and I ran with it.


PEN’Ashe Magazine: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

A: One of my main character’s use pills for recreational use. The hardest part about that was capturing the feelings the pill gives since I’ve never done it.


PEN’Ashe Magazine: Did you learn anything from your characters while writing your book? What was it?

A: I learned how important accountability is. I have a hard time apologizing and owning up to my wrong doings.


PEN’Ashe Magazine: Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?

A: Thank you! As always, I love my readers; they are absolutely amazing.


PEN’Ashe Magazine: What were some of the challenges in bringing it to life?

A: The pill addiction thing. I spent a lot of time on Google with this one. Lol


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 it as being different. I hear that my work is different from what’s being published today. Someone also told me they get that old school Urban Fiction feel from my books. I would describe this series as being original and edgy; Gritty and sexy.


About the Book (synopsis):

Love is a strong drug, and Khalil Bradford is battling demons that not even his best friend can help him fight…
In What The Heart Wants: An Urban Love Story, Journey returns to her hometown of Detroit where she rejoins forces with her best friend, Khalil, as if they never separated.
Journey’s focused on perfecting her craft in hopes to one day become the next big thing in the fashion world. Khalil doesn’t have much to look forward to in life; the only good thing in his world is her. He becomes her number one cheerleader and supporter. But as beautiful as she is and as much as she wants him, Khalil remains oblivious to her advances. So, with Journey feeling rejected she runs back into the open arms of her grimy boyfriend.
Hustling is all Khalil knew, and the streets were the only place he felt superior. Due to the stress that comes along with being a boss, and loneliness, he turns to prescription drugs to numb the pain. Khalil is so lost that he begins to spiral out of control and is unaware that his team is plotting against him.
Will Khalil’s habits lead to his demise? Does Journey find solace with her ex? Will she leave Detroit chasing after dreams and leave Khalil behind? What The Heart Wants is an urban love story that is guaranteed to leave you captivated and mesmerized after turning every page.

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