Author Nika Michelle

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Q: What’s your name? 

A: My name is Nika Michelle. 

Q: Where are you from? 

A:I am from North Carolina, but I live in Atlanta, GA. 

Q:When did you first start writing? 

A:I remember writing my first short story at the age of six. It was probably a paragraph. 

Q: When did you finish your first book? 

A: I finished my first book about ten years ago. 

Q:How did you choose the genre to write in? 

A: I loved Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree. That book made me want to write urban fiction. I always knew I wanted to be a writer, but that book made me choose my genre. 

Q:Do you have any other genres you will like to write in the future? 

A: Oh yes. I would like to write a thriller, or something a little more contemporary. 

Q: Now you have a book called Forbidden Fruit how long did it take you to write that? 

A: It took about a year and a half because I wrote it during my senior year in college. I was extra busy with life back then. 

Q: How did you come up with the title Forbidden Fruit ? 

A: The central theme of Forbidden Fruit is the fact that we always want what we should not have. That notion is expressed in those two words alone. 

Q: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 

A: I think the last chapter was my favorite to write because it brought everything together. I intended for that chapter to make the readers think and reflect on the evolution of the characters. 

Q: What’s the book about? 

A: Ayanna is dealt a hard hand in life, but learns to take control early on. Her mom’s strung out on drugs and her dad is in prison for life without the chance of parole. At a young age she does what she has to do to take care of herself and her little sister Amaya. When her illegal actions get her arrested, the system steps in and puts her and her sister in foster care. She and her sister are reunited when a family member takes them in. At the age of fourteen she meets Diablo, the king of Atlanta’s drug trade. He is also the infamous leader of the Cue Boys, one of Atlanta’s toughest and deadliest street gangs. His powerful persona attracts the young Ayanna, who is seduced by the lure of the streets. As time goes on she develops a roller coaster relationship with Diablo. Women throw themselves at him, and he doesn’t do much to resist their advances. Ayanna gets fed up with his philandering ways and plots the ultimate revenge. Amaya has always wanted to be like her big sister Ayanna. After her first love Ju cheats on her she falls in love with Mel, who is a Cue Boy. After a brief love triangle with Ju and Mel she decides to call it quits with Ju. Then she finds out that she is pregnant. When she thinks she has her perfect family her past catches up with her. 
Princess, Ayanna’s cousin, is the epitome of voluptuous and seductive. She does not believe in committed relationships and is only involved with a man to get what she wants. She is a gold digger in every sense of the word and sees nothing wrong with it. Money is not her only agenda, but pleasure is also her gain. In Princess’s world no man is off limits. 

Q: Where can the people go to buy the book? 

Q: Do you any other books in the works? 

A: Yes, I am actually working on the sequel of Forbidden Fruit. I also have another novel that will be available soon. I have so many novels that are already finished and hope to put them all out in the future. 

Q: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you any way either growing up or as an adult? 

A: I always loved Omar Tyree, Eric Jerome Dickey and Zane. 

Q: Do you have anything other than writing you will like to do? 

A: I would like to open reading centers to help children and adults learn to read. 

Q: Do you have a website? 


Q: Do you have any thank you’s that you would like to say? 

A: I would like to first of all thank God for blessing me with the talent of writing. Thank you mom and dad for nourishing and encouraging my dream. Thank you to all of my friends and classmates who read my stories and the teachers who told me I would be a great writer. You know who you are. Thank you to my publisher Torrian at Anexander Books for seeing my talent right away and offering me a contract. 

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