Literary Treasures with Kisha Green: Mahogany Star
As a literary consultant I come across so many authors. I have also watched many careers blossom, so it is always exciting to see a new author doing what they can to make their presence be felt in the literary world.
Allow me to introduce you to Mahogany Star…
This avid reader and writer hail from Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NY. She’s the proud author of four books, including the Urban Book Source Top Ten of 2009 “Where Secrets Lie”, the recently released “Sex Degrees of Separation” and the upcoming “Summer’s Heat”. Even after obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Organizational Management, and working in Healthcare Administration, her heart was always in writing and there is where she was truly in bliss. Forever a Brooklyn girl but currently she resides wit her husband and two children in Long Island. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching Lifetime television, rescuing feral cats, or indulging in her unhealthy obsession with the Investigative Discovery Channel. Now combine all of that and you know you the stories Mahogany pens will be very interesting but also addictive.
KG: What is your favorite genre? Why?
MS: I have a few favorite genres. I really love to read Ethnic Fiction and Historical Fiction. I enjoy reading stories that are relatable to me, but I also like to read about experiences I haven’t had. I’m very interested in history, particularly African American history so I like to read Historical Fiction based on the stories of my ancestors. Reading historical fiction helps me to appreciate the here and now.
KG: How many books do you read a month?
MS: I would say on average four books per month. I get most of my reading done during my commute. I wish I had time to read more.
KG: When did you decide to write professionally?
Author Initials: Although I’ve always been one to write my thoughts out, at one point in life I had so many stories going on in my head I decided to pen them into a book. In 2006 I wrote Where Secret’s Lie, because I was at a certain point in my life where I needed to get some things out of my head and on paper.
KG: Did you ever consider hiring a literary agent and shopping your manuscript to a major publisher, why or why not?
MS: I thought about it, hiring a literary agent but I never really pursued it. I never really shopped my manuscript to a publisher. I thought the process was easy enough to self publish, although I’m aware of the benefits of having a publishing house behind your work. Perhaps one day in the future I will begin to shop my work.
KG: What is one word to best describe your writing style?
KG: Describe your writing life.
MS: I write in between meetings, I write a little after I jump out of the shower with a scene for a book I haven’t even started yet. There are times when I’m bursting at the seams to get a storyline together, and then there are times when my mother is badgering me about why I haven’t been writing.
KG: What is your greatest literary accomplishment?
MS: My greatest literary accomplishment thus far has to be when I did the Divas of literature tour in 2008, it was five authors, five cities, it was a great time. Seems like forever ago, but it was an accomplishment for a first time author who just wrote a book because she had to get a story out of her system.
KG: How have you handled an unhappy reader regarding a book you wrote?
MS: I really take it all in stride and still thank the reader for taking the time to read my book. Realizing that your story is not necessarily going to be for everyone. I understand that all readers are not going to be happy, I’m a reader first. Sometimes readers miss the author’s point, and that too is ok. You just hope that readers won’t be overly critical of your work, but if they are then it can only serve to help me put out better work in the future.
KG: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
MS: To not stop. No matter what keep writing, keep putting your work out there. I took an almost ten year break between publishing novels. I would also tell an aspiring author to be patient with themselves but not to give up.
KG: Who is the target audience for readers of your work?
MS: I’d have to say the target audience is women who are like me, urban-contemporary. Meaning the everyday woman. The woman who deals with being a wife, girlfriend, mother, lover, friend. We all deal with the same issues as women, in one way or another. Here I am, a girl who was raised in the Sumner Housing Projects in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn during the crack era. Born to a fourteen year-old, raised by my grandmother. But, like a lot of progressive women I didn’t let that hold me back. So my target audience I would say is the woman who can bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan.
KG: Tell me about your latest release and what made you write it.
MS: My latest release is called Sex Degrees of Separation. It’s a book made up of a few short stories that tell the story of individuals who are engaging in affairs. There are a lot of books about affairs of course, but my latest release delves into the fact that we are all closer than we think in terms of intertwined relationships. I wrote the first story in the book almost ten years ago about this couple in which the husband was holding out on giving his wife what she needed sexually. I expanded the thought because a friend of mine was talking to a guy and she found out that she had been involved with a close friend of his. She was shocked and that made me think about the theory of Six Degrees of Separation.
KG: What’s next for you, what can readers expect from you?
MS: I am releasing a book called Summer’s Heat, April of 2017. It’s a really sexy yet intriguing story. Readers get a glimpse into Summer’s life in Sex Degrees of Separation. I’m also working on a Biography for someone whose story is so unbelievable you’d think it was made up. Readers who have read Sex Degrees have asked for a part two, so I’m also hoping to have that out before the end of the year.
For more on Mahogany visit her website http://www.mahoganystar.com/ or reach out to her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mahoganystarwrites