Caught follows four women who meet at a freshman assembly and remain friends through college and beyond. What was the inspiration for setting up your story?
Initially, the concept was a short story about four friends having a girls’ night out and playing a game of drinking. As the ideas for their personalities developed, I realized that a short story would not contain the amount of information I wanted to convey to the reader, so Caught was born.
Throughout the novel, the characters search for their own identity separate from their past. What were the ideals that drove the development of the characters throughout the story?
I wanted each woman to have her own identity, but I also wanted them to be relatable. Every woman, myself included, can attest to wanting to find her own path in life on her own terms. We’ve all had some secret that we’ve wanted to keep buried, but as we go through life’s journey, we realize that our past experiences give us an idea to improve.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
I wanted to touch some things with this novel. Mental illness and sexuality are two important points worth mentioning. There is still a lot of taboo around sexuality and mental illness in the black community, and I wanted to normalize discussions around these topics. Mental health issues need to be discussed as well as treatment options. No one should be ashamed of seeking the help they need. In the same way, the world does not have to agree with the way someone lives her private life, but it must respect the decision of an individual in any way. Society would be much better if people were open to each other’s differences instead of looking down on others for them.
What is the next book you are working on and when will it be available?
I am currently working on the second book of the Caught Serie, Releasedwhich will be released in the summer of 2023. Keep an eye out for notifications from beta readers this spring.
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