Author Speaks with Lashae Latimore
Miles Lundy, a decorated detective from New Jersey is a stand-up guy…. on paper. He lands his dream job right out of college and manages to work his way up within the Police department by the time he’s thirty-five despite the odds stacked against him. He eventually marries the love of his life, Shayne and proceeds to make a life for himself and his wife. Miles has knack for trying to always do the right thing. His only vice is his weakness for the ladies. With an addiction to the feminine physique and a reputation for loving, leaving and moving on to the next, drama ensues.
Shayne has managed to look the other way for years when faced with her husband’s indiscretions. But how many second chances does it take to get to fed up? Shayne un covers yet another of Miles’ infidelities, but this one proves to be far more damaging than she could have imagined. Slowly, Shayne’s sanity starts to slip away and a Savage is born. Sick of playing the victim, She sets out to seek sweet revenge stopping at nothing to show Miles’ how expensive the cost of screwing over the wrong woman can be. A deadly course of events brings Miles face to face with his sins leaving him waist deep in a web of lies, betrayal and Murder. Will Miles have the strength to fight his demons and be the man that he set out to be, or will karma have something a little different in mind?
Q01. What inspired you to write The Sweetest Part?
A01. I was inspired to write this particular novel to let people know that 1. you can follow your dreams while working a full time job and being a mother. 2. Woman are amazing and interesting creatures. I wanted to create characters who told a little of my story and were completely unique. So Shayne Lundy and Nia Dubois were born.
Q02. Is this a standalone novel or apart of a series?
A02. There will be both a prequel and a sequel to this book.
Q03. How did you come up with the title and storyline?
A03. The storyline is a mash up between fiction and reality. I have dealt with certain situations that appear in this book and I also added a “what if?” factor. I asked myself, what if I handled it this way? What if this happened? What would I do? I was able to create a plot that was both relate able and intriguing.
Q04. Can you tell us a little about the main character(s)?
A04. The synopsis states that the main male character, Miles is a stand up guy on paper. He is kind and successful. He’s a provider and tries to do right but like most guys her has a weakness for woman. He is perfect in every other aspect besides being faithful. Shayne is my favorite character. She was raised in London, England but her family is from Jamaica. When she is upset her spicy Jamaican accent and spunk come into play. She has had her share of horrible lovers and men that are close to her so when Miles came along she let her guard down only to be let down again. Time after time she swept Miles’ infidelity under the rug but the last time was the last time. The victim became the villain and she set out to seek revenge.
Q05. Do you think the cover art of your e-book/novel will persuade readers to read the story inside?
A05. The cover art for my book is amazing. I have yet to see a cover like mine and I believe that it will certainly catch the attention of my readers.
Q06. How much of the book is realistic? Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A06. I will say that the events in my book are inspired by things that I have gone through. I can’t say that I have been so scorned that I’ve wanted to seek revenge like the main character in my book, but I certainly have been heartbroken.
Q07. What was the hardest part about writing this book?
A07. The hardest part about writing my book was finding the time to write. I work a full time job, I have four kids, a husband, a weekly podcast and I am the director of a youth drill team. Pacing myself and finding the time after wearing so many hats was next to impossible, but with my support system I was able to get it done.
Q08. Is there a message in your e-book/novel that you want your readers to grasp?
A08. The one message that I want my readers to take away is that women do not always have to be helpless damsels in distress waiting to be rescued. We can be the heroine, we can be the villain.
Q09. Is there anything else you would like your/the readers to know about your book?
A09. This book was very special to me because it was crafted a time when was truly in a bad space. I was hospitalized for complications with Multiple Sclerosis, my family was experiencing issues financially and issues continued to find me. I wrote as a way to relieve stress. Soon it turned into an obsession and I was able to finish my novel.