A former private banker and portfolio officer for over 12 years, Dallas, Texas native, bestselling novelist, agent, screenwriter, and documentarian, N’Tyse, creatively juggles her entrepreneurial undertakings in media and entertainment, all while balancing her roles as wife, mother of two, and champion for women BOSSES. The multifaceted literary luminary’s ongoing credits also include fieldwork as an investigative journalist and a certification from C.I.T.I. (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Program in Social & Behavioral Research in Human Subjects. A creative visionary at heart, the mompreneur received her Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University with a multicultural and interdisciplinary concentration in Creative Writing and Film & Media Studies.
N’Tyse is best known for her evocative colloquial prose, female centric dramas, and cautionary “hood” tales, which from a journalistic lens, explores the underbelly of impoverished and crime ridden neighborhoods–similar to those she grew up in. Her works have been highlighted in Library Journal, USA Today, Black Expressions, Dallas Morning News, Don Diva Magazine, Parle Magazine, Kontrol Magazine, and many more.
With a burning passion to broaden awareness to complex intersections amid people of color and underserved communities, N’Tyse produced and directed her first documentary feature film, Beneath My Skin (2014). Her upcoming doc, Behind the Mask: My Naked Truth, raises awareness for mental health disorders within the African American community. In more recent news, N’Tyse joined forces with a film distribution powerhouse where she will adapt several literary projects to film, personally coining them “pulp urban noir”, all under the umbrella of her Dallas based film production company Boss Magnet Media.
KG: What is your favorite genre? Why?
N’TYSE: I can’t say that I have a favorite genre because honestly, it’s whatever I’m in the mood to read or write at that time. I will admit though, as of late, I’ve gravitated more toward self-improvement and business motivation reads.
KG: When did you decide to write professionally?
N’TYSE: I’ve always considered myself a writer but I didn’t take it seriously until 2005. In 2007, I self-published my freshman novel, “My Secrets Your Lies” and I’ve been at it ever since.
KG: What is one word to best describe your writing style?
KG: Describe your writing life.
N’TYSE: I juggle multiple projects at a time and I’m also a stay-at-home mother to a 7 and 3-year-old, however, when I’m working on a literary project or screenplay, I usually carve out time at night to write. I feel I’m more creative and productive during those times because I have limited interruption and distraction.
KG: Tell me about your latest release and what made you write it.
N’TYSE: My upcoming release is an anthology collaboration I penned with several talented writers: INDIA, Brandie Davis, Niyah Moore, and Jasmine Williams. Collectively, we’ve penned tales of women hustlers or Bosses who live by the motto: “Secure the bag by any means necessary”. These women are cutthroat, treacherous, and stone-cold killers! While entertaining, we show how jealousy, greed, and hidden agendas can turn even a sweet little princess into a savage!
KG: What made you decide to become a literary agent?
N’TYSE: I wanted to marry my two professions (banking and publishing), to help discover the diamonds in the rough. I eventually decided to start my own boutique agency Literary Champagne Suite. I’m proud to say that since inception we have placed nearly 100 literary projects with traditional publishers.
KG: What do you see as the biggest misconception about literary agent work?
N’TYSE: One misconception would be that all agents are publicists and I am here to tell you I am far from that. I leave marketing and publicity to the experts. LOL! Another HUGE misconception is that agents are virtual administrative assistants. While some agents might operate as such, I don’t. I’d rather spend that time uncovering a lucrative opportunity.
KG: Describe your literary agent life.
N’TYSE: Never a dull moment.
KG: How do you find balance between being a mother and your professional life?
N’TYSE: I have a routine but sometimes I veer from that because I like the flexibility I have with my schedule. Being a mother, wife, and literary professional is definitely a balancing act but I find that time management and implementing a realistic schedule or weekly task list for home and work, helps me stay on track. I do have an active toddler home with me every day so I have to get very creative with my time. As I hinted earlier, I spend many nights during the week burning the midnight oil. The drive for me is to stay on track with my personal and business goals so that I can celebrate those accomplishments along the journey.
KG: What are your long term literary goals?
N’TYSE: I don’t want to bore you. I’ll just say I’m here to stay and you can expect more collaborations in the literary and film realm.
KG: What are some of the current projects that you are working on besides being an author?
N’TYSE: Aside of literary projects, I am currently working on several ‘pulp urban noir’ films and multi-cultural documentaries. I also have a couple of other surprises that I can’t quite disclose yet.
Twisted Vows of Seduction
My Secrets Your Lies
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