Joining us today in Behind The Scenes is Nana Prah, whose latest book, Love Undercover is about an undercover agent who falls in love with a prison guard. It releases on Sept 13, but if you’re too excited to wait, it is now available for pre-order in Amazon.
1. Tell us a bit about your writing journey. How did you get started, and how did you get to where you are now?
A few years ago I jokingly sent an e-mail to my friend telling her how she’d one day meet her husband. I kept right on going with the story until I reached the happily ever after. I loved that novel. Being my first romance, let’s just say it wasn’t awesome. It’s tucked away somewhere. When I have years to make it better, maybe I’ll dig it up.
I learned from the constructive criticism my beta reader gave me on that work and wrote another romance, Love Through Time. This one was much better. I submitted it and it got published by Black Opal Books. The more I write, the more my stories improve. I love this part about being an author.
2. Anything you would’ve done differently if you could do it all over again?
I would have claimed myself as an author earlier. I wish my younger self had known I’d love writing so much.
3. What advice would you give to new and aspiring writers?
If you have a story burning within you then write it. Don’t worry about what anyone else will say. And for the love of all that is good, don’t let people deter you. They’re just jealous because they aren’t going after what they want. I’m not instructing you to tell them to stuff it, but…
4. Is there any book you’ve written that is particularly special to you? Which one and why?
I love all of my books, but my latest one, Love Undercover, holds my heart. It deals with the controversial issue of immigration. For me, doing anything that may bring negative attention to me or my work scares the heck out of me because I’m a stay below the radar type of girl. But the story had to be told so I girded up my loins and did it.
5. Who would you say is your favorite character(s) from your books, and why? What is it about this character that makes him/her tick?
Asking me that question is like telling me to choose a favorite child. I can’t do it. All of my characters have something special within them that I love. I will say that I’d enjoy hanging around Esi, Ora’s cousin in Midwife to Destiny, if she were real. She has her own story coming out soon called, Destiny Mine. Esi is the life of the party and always says what’s on her mind. She cracks me up.
She’s driven by the love of life. Very appropriate for a midwife.
6. Tell us about your new book. What can we expect from it?
Sarita Cerez is an undercover Secret Service agent who is sent to prison to protect the daughter of the president of South Korea who’s being punished by her father with some rather tough love. Sarita falls in love with Matthew Carter, a no nonsense guard who’s never broken the rules, until he meets Sarita.
In this novel you’ll find an intense forbidden romance, some interesting immigration and deportation stories, and a kick ass fight scene. I promise you won’t be bored.
Love Undercover Blurb
The last thing she expects is to fall in love with a prison guard…
Hotshot Secret Service Agent, Sarita Cerez is thrown into a medium security prison—for work. Her job is to protect the daughter of the president of South Korea. She never envisioned making friends with illegal immigrants or falling head over heels for one of the guards. Now the clandestine activity, which is integral to protecting her charge, may destroy her only chance at love.
He’s never fraternized with the inmates—until he met her…
Matthew Carter always plays by the rules, which includes maintaining a strictly professional relationship with the inmates in his charge. But when Sarita saunters onto the unit, all bets are off. Her status as a deportee with a permanent ticket to Columbia means they can never be together, but try as he might, this doesn’t stop him from risking his career for her.
He’s a man who values honesty above all else, and she lies for a living. Can two people from such different worlds find any common ground?
7. Are you self-pubbed or traditionally published? What made you go for this model? What advice/tips can you share with writers working towards the same goal?
I’m published by two small publishing companies. Black Opal Books and Decadent Publishing. I tip my hat to those who self-pub. Thinking about what goes into publishing a book makes my knees quiver. It’s a lot of work, which I’m happy to leave to the professionals… for now.
My advice is that people should do their research. Go the route that’s best for them.
It’s a great pleasure to have you over in my blog. Thank you!
I’m so happy to have been invited. I love talking about myself and my books. Thanks for having me.
Author Bio: Nana Prah is a multi-published author of contemporary, multicultural romance. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s reading, indulging in chocolate, and enjoying life with friends and family.
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