Name of the book:
First Monday In August
Amazon, Amazon Kindle, LuLu (paperback & download), Barnes & Noble (Nook is pending), Alibris
Khyrra has always been a gifted story teller and finally decided to put that gift to work in 2007 after writing & self-publishing First Monday In August her first novel. She's currently working on the sequel to First Monday In August, entitled Your Tomorrow May Be Today so please keep an eye out for the release. She's super excited about this path God has placed beneath her feet to share her stories with the world and she hopes you enjoy the stories as much as she's enjoys writing them. Happily married for eleven years & counting, the support of her husband & close family members means the world to her & she is forever grateful. She was born & raised in Mt. Vernon, Ga. & currently resides outside of Atlanta. Stay tuned! Because you haven't seen the last of her yet!
Tell me about your book?
First Monday In August is a riveting sequence of events stemming from the murder of Omar Bentley, the local football star who was headed to greatness. This small Georgia town is rocked to its core with the secrets that start spilling forth. Tyeese, who witnesses the murder, is afraid to tell anyone because that would mean confessing her infidelity to her longtime boyfriend Turk. But as we all know, what's done in the dark surely comes to light. And as Turk tries to figure out what’s going on with the woman he loves, he will face some of his own demons along the way. Tyeese's godfather Malcolm, who is home for the first time in years, wants to help but finds that investigating the murder of this young man reveals a love he thought was long gone. Could Omar be the son he never got the chance to know? And if so, how will he handle this news?
Mama Cee and Papa Walter regrets the decision they made those years ago to keep the knowledge of Omar a secret for their son's safety. Sometimes pain is caused even when it's not intended. Feeling that if the knowledge of their son's relationship with Sarai ever got out, it would probably put this small Georgia town on a level of unrest; racial discord that will unsettle the already fragile way of life in their part of the South. This first Monday in August is one the residents won't soon forget.
First Monday In August is an entertaining story of love, lust, betrayal, and family secrets which will keep readers captivated until the very end. Step into the lives of Tyeese, Turk, Malcolm, Sarai, and a host of other memorable characters as life does what it does best, teach.
What will readers like about your book?
I hope they enjoy everything, but I feel my willingness to "go there" with any of my characters is what readers will enjoy most. They get to see the good, the bad, & the ugly of life & be entertained along the way.
What inspired you to write this particular story?
I’m from a small town with one stop light, so not many people know that First Monday in August is an actual event that goes on there. I wanted to share some of my small town upbringing, wrap it up into an intriguing story of love, murder, racial differences, etc.
When did you start writing?
I would say off and on since elementary school but I began to take it seriously in 2004.
When did you realize that you were a serious writer?
I realized this after reading the first few chapters I’d written of First Monday in August and was in disbelief that I’d actually written it. And after the shock wore off I felt very proud and said “this is me”. I found I enjoy the entire process of writing a story, building each character, each facet of what makes them tick, the situations they find themselves to be in; much like we do in life. Along with my hyperactive imagination; there's something about stepping into their "shoes" & viewing life through their eyes.
When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?
A very good friend encouraged me to give it a try after committing the offense of telling her an entire movie she’d wanted to see. She said "you described it so well it felt like I just watched it. You should write a book." I thought of a story line & sat down to the keyboard; a new passion blossomed within me.
Why did you choose this particular genre to write your book in?
I still don’t know what genre my story fits into. I simply wrote a story that came from the heart of me.
What is your writing process?
Kissing the hubby goodbye for a few hours, no tv, no internet, no phone; just me, wine, music, and a losing myself in a story.
How long does it take you to write your first draft?
It depends, with First Monday In August it took me about 6 months. Since I’ve been working on the sequel, it’s been 3 years off and on between bouts of writers block and life in general.
Why did you publish on Kindle and other eReaders?
I’m learning to keep up with how consumers are purchasing, not everyone wants to be an old fashioned page turner.
What kind of advice would you like to share with an aspiring writer who’s looking to publish a book for the first time?
No one author is like the other so don't worry about where your book will fit in the grand scheme of things. You'll have some people who feel you & some who won't. Don’t be afraid to keep learning and do what’s best for you as an author rather it be to self-publish, publish online via e-book, or publish traditionally.