Good Morning lovely Readers! How are you doing this morning?
Welcome back to the New & Emerging Black Authors segment. Each week, I will be featuring an amazing new and emerging author. I just love to give new authors a chance and this is one way that I enjoy doing just that! I hope you will welcome them with open arms and give them a shot! So without further ado, here is Yanira Orange!
WHO IS AUTHOR YANIRA ORANGE?
Born April 26 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Yanira is a full time students and a new author signed to Urban Chapters Publications. She recently released her first book Only Forever that follows the life of an insecure college student. She started writing after feeling depressed about her previous issues. Now she is a New Author who is ready to shake up the scene.
LET’S CHAT! – The Interview
Good Morning Yanira, thank you for agreeing to join me here today. Why did you decide to become an author & what inspires you to write?
I often keep all of my emotions bottled which usually results in me exploding over something really small and petty. Writing became my escape and a way for me to express how I feel. Originally Only Forever wasn’t supposed to be published, it was just for me but as time went on I felt the need to tell my story in hopes of helping someone who is dealing with something similar. I also got tired of reading the same books with the slim thick model, I needed something real something I can feel so I wrote my own book.
Why did you chose to pen, Only Forever? Does this story has a message that you wanted to convey?
Only Forever is part of my story. Yazmin white has went through the same traumas and misfortunes that I have. I wanted to bring awareness to depression in young adults especially, often when people hear me talk about depression they usually sweep it under the rung. I wanted to write a book and channel the emotions that I try so hard to suppress. I want people to understand that Only Forever is an oxymoron. The main character Yazmin feels like all of her pain will last forever, she believes that she will never be happy because all that she has gone through. I want people to know how beautiful and special they truly are. You might not look how society want you to but you are still worthy of love, friendship and kindness from everyone around you.
Do you recall the first book you’ve ever read?
The first book I have ever read was BITCH by Deja King. My sister had it in her room closet, I stole it and read all day and night. I had to be around 12 reading a book about sex, murder, and drugs. That was the night I feel in love with reading urban fiction.
Do you read much? If so, who are some of your favorite authors?
I read about 4 books a week depending on the length of them. Reading for me is like an escape., I can forget about all of my feelings for a couple of hours and become which ever character I choose. A couple of my favorite authors are Natavia Stewart, Deja King, Wahida Clark, and Jahquel Jacobs.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
The most important thing about a book is the storyline. It has to realistic and relatable for me to really enjoy it. I want to feel the emotions behind every character. I do not like when I feel like a book doesn’t make sense or is too unrealistic. I understand I’m reading friction but make it reasonable.
How is your writing style different from other writers?
I tend to write from things I see and feel. I’m really big on emotions and feeling as you can see from my previous answers. In this industry a lot of authors write about the big king pen and the beautiful model looking women. These things are great and I do love reading about it but it is just something I wouldn’t write a lot about. I want to write about things that can and have happened to people before. Like mental health, the need for women empowerment and colorism.
Are there any new writers that you’re interested in reading? Who?
It’s sad to say but ever since becoming a published author reading for me has taken the backseat. I’m a full time college student so any free time I had I would spend reading but now it’s replaced with writing. I love and hate it because I miss reading but I feel like I’m actually chasing my dreams so I won’t complain too much. However, I am looking for new authors if anyone have any suggestions for me.
If you had the chance to bring your book to the big screen, which actor & actress would you prefer to star as Braydon & Yazmin?
Braydon Inberg is Brandon Ingram. He is this handsome basketball player who plays for the LA Lakers. I have had the biggest crush on him ever since I seen him on my timeline on Instagram; so I would love if he was to play Braydon that would be like a dream come true for me.
Yazmin would be hard to cast for me, Yazmin is me in every sense so I can’t see anyone player her but myself but if I had to choose it would be someone unknown because there isn’t an actress out right now who I believe can give me the feeling that Yazmin gives me.
What’s your favorite movie that was based on a book?
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a great book and movie. At first its hard to understand but the more you read you start to understand why the main character did the things she did. At the end of the day were all just looking for love, I felt as if the theme of love was in between every page which I loved.
What are some of your hobbies, other than reading & writing?
A hobby of mine would be cooking. I love making food for my friends and family; when I was younger I would stay up all night and watch cooking shows and then try to recreate it the next day. I got in a lot of trouble for messing up my momma kitchen.
Which do you believe is more important: pages read or bestsellers list? Why?
This is a hard one. I would say bestseller list for the money and the exposure but writing means so much more to me than that. I would rather have a hundred readers love and appreciate my work than a million and none of them receives the message I am trying to give. I want my readers to know and understand why I wrote the book they are reading.
Tell our followers an interesting fact (or two) about yourself that fans/readers may not know.
An interesting fact about me would have to be I am a hopeless romantic. I love anything that surrounds romance rather it be a movie or a book. Another would be I am scared of everything, you can be in my face and scream and I would still jump. I do not watch horror movies because I tend to wake up in the middle of the night terrified. I’m a twenty year old punk.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Forget about all your fears and just do it. wake up one day and just start writing rather if it’s terrible or amazing just do it. The storyline is going to change a million times before you are actually finished. Also know what you are signing if you are looking for a publisher do not sign the first contract you receive not everyone will have your best interest at heart. I was given contracts from five different publishers but I choose which was best for me and haven’t had any bad experiences yet.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers, as well as potential new readers and fans?
I want them to know that I appreciate each and every one of them. I hope they are willing to stick with me and go on as many adventures as possible with me. I will get them upset, make them cry, smile, and laugh. My inboxes and Dm’s are always open for anyone that wants to express how any of my future books make them feel, rather good or bad I would love to know.
Thank you so much for chatting with me today Author Yanira! I really enjoyed getting to know you better.
It was a pleasure and I am so grateful for the opportunity.
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And now … the Books!
Yanira’s Debut Release
Growing up and having less than most has taught Yazmin hustle. It taught her to go after whatever and whoever she wanted. She was determined to make it out the hood by the one thing she was good at; school. When she sets out for school, she learns that she hasn’t faced the demons from her past.
Once in school, Yazmin’s quiet personality turns wild. With alcohol, no parental supervision, she gets in the habit of making the wrong decisions. That is until she spots Braydon, a star basketball player at her college who Yazmin has her eyes on.
Except, Braydon wants nothing to do with Yazmin. With her being loud, rowdy and annoying, Braydon doesn’t have time to let Yazmin into his life. However, Yazmin refuses to give up. Does she find a way to slide her way into his life? Or will Braydon continue to give Yazmin the cold shoulder?
Get A Copy
Genre Contemporary Urban Fiction, Urban Fiction, African American Women’s Fiction
Series Only Forever, Book 1 of 2
Publisher Urban Chapters Publications
Publication Date September 14, 2018
Print Length 185 pages
READ AN EXCERPT
This excerpt is from, Only Forever.
“What if I told you there’s nothing I want more in this world than somebody who loves me naked someone who never ask for love but knows how to take it,” I sung.
“Yaz?” Bray called.
“You know you’re beautiful right?” he said. To say I was shocked would have been an understatement.
“Umm thank you, but what made you say that?” I asked.
“Because I see you, and I see how you act. On some real shit, I also see that you’re very insecure about yourself and I don’t understand why. You probably would get a lot more attention if you would just show your confidence. I’m not trying to call you out or nothing but you’re a mad chill girl, but your insecurities shine through that. I guess that’s why I was always so mean and rude to you because one of my pet peeves are insecure women. I feel as though a women, especially a black women, should carry themselves like a queen and when I see one that doesn’t it pisses me off.”
Again, I was stuck. I lowkey felt like crying. I didn’t know how to reply to him, so I didn’t; all I did was lay my head back on his chest while trying to analyze everything he just said. On one hand, I felt good because he called me beautiful on the other, I was embarrassed because he noticed my insecure behavior and that’s something I never wanted anyone to see, let alone the man I was crushing on.
Not that it’s a valid excuse but my whole life, I have been bullied by the people at school then I had to come home and be bullied by my older sister and older brother when they were home. I was called blacky, fatty, ugly, dirty, and a host of other names. My older cousins always praised my other cousins while putting me down because they were lighter and skinnier with long and pretty hair while mine was the total opposite. I got hit, pushed down, laughed at, and left feeling lonely. My two older girl cousins used to ask my mom could I stay over just to beat on me. There has been plenty of times where I came home with bruises and whacks on my face but no one noticed–or at least cared enough–to say anything.
I guess the little girl who was left on the stoop because no one wanted to take her anywhere, turned into the woman who couldn’t find love ; she was still that little girl but now in a woman’s body.
“You ok? You can talk to me Yazmin. I know we not that cool but shit we shared a blunt together and now we’re sharing a bed, so the least you could do is let me know a thing or two about why you are the way you are.”
I thought about it for a minute and decided talking about it would make him better understand why I am the way I am, so I did. I told him everything from my lights being cut off constantly as a child, to my brother dying and my family being my biggest bullies. By the end of my story, I was in tears and Bray was there to comfort me. He sat up in his bed while I straddled his lap and cried my eyes out on his neck. It’s like the tears kept coming and nothing I thought about stopped it, but he never let go he just held me tighter.
I cried for myself, for my mother, for my brother and lastly for making Zania mad at me. She was really all I had out here and without her, I was completely lost. I just felt like a complete fuck up. Like everyone I loved would end up leaving me because after a while, they wouldn’t wanted to be around me. Thinking about that made me cry harder.
“Shh shawty stop crying,” Bray said, trying to calm me down, but I couldn’t. I needed to let all this hurt go and the only way to do that was to cry it out.
“Look at me,” Bray said, holding my head up while wiping my tears away.
“Most of us had humble beginnings and sad stories to tell but it’s up to us to rewrite it how we see fit. That shit was in the past and the more you let that little girl control your emotions and how you think, the worse you’re going to get. That’s probably why you drink so much. If we don’t face our past demons, those bitches gone come for us head-on and you can’t let that happen, mama. You’re too smart and beautiful to let motherfuckers from the past dim your future. From this day forward, you got to say fuck them and just do you. Okay?” he said, looking me in my eyes.
“Okay you’re right, it just still hurts so much. Growing up, I was always told that what I was feeling was just a faze and I would grow out of it, or that it wasn’t that serious. They didn’t know that I would end up with depression and anxiety. They didn’t know I would try to kill myself to be with my brother and they didn’t know that every day I woke up I wanted to die. They didn’t know anything because they thought it was just a faze,” I said, crying some more.
“I don’t ever want to hear you say no shit like that again. Your life is way too important to just give up now, you came too far, and I know your brother would be upset with you for trying to take the easy way out. You deserved better growing up no doubt about it but fuck it, you gone get better,” Bray said, grabbing my face and kissing me. I kissed him back then came to my senses and stopped him.
Have you had the pleasure of reading Yanira Orange’s debut release? Go check it out if you haven’t already.
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