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The mind is her whole world, but not even the whole world can keep him from loving her… Her: From that moment at the party when he first saw her, she had him intrigued. He knew that she needed saving, and he wanted to be her Superman in every sense of the word. Him: The way he cradled and soothed her had her feeling things that she had never felt before. She knows that he wants to save her, and she knows that she might need saving, but the question is, can he save her from herself?
Chosyn Alexander is a young college graduate with dreams to become a psychologist, but there’s only one thing that holds Chosyn back from living life how a pretty twenty-two-year-old is supposed to. Chosyn suffers from a mental illness, and instead of experiencing things that most young adults are supposed to, she struggles with her own demons that have held her hostage in her own mind for years.
Rosie Washington is Chosyn’s best friend and the one person that gets Chosyn without really knowing what she has fully been through. Aside from being a constant shoulder to lean on for Chosyn, Rosie is also a college graduate who one day wants to be a sociologist. One night at a party for Rosie changes her life in a way that rocks her world to the core.
Aspen Carter: not a man of many words, but of action. Fresh out of graduate school and on the road to opening a new business, Aspen is taking his legal and illegal ventures to the next level. Selling and trading guns was cool, but having a sister and son to care for, Aspen knows that legal money is the only good thing that can be made by a successful Black man. One night at a party introduces people into his life that he has no clue would soon become a permanent and important fixture in his life.
Jordan Wesley: the best friend of Aspen and also soon to be business partner. Even while starting up a new business, Jordan still finds time to take on clients for his business that he has on the side. His girlfriend and the love of his life, Karleigh, has no clue about his side business or who her boyfriend really is. A night at a party forces Jordan to entertain a person that he has no clue will become the single most important person in his life.
Can Chosyn get past her own demons and mental issues to let Aspen in to love and care for her the way she needs to be? Is Aspen really up for the challenge of loving and caring for Chosyn when she doesn’t even fully love herself? Can he love her enough for the both of them? Follow these four on their roller coaster love story to find out if their love is even worth fighting or living for.
What inspired you to write Chosyn For Love?
My oldest niece suffered from bipolar and depression and my youngest niece suffers from depression. So I wanted to tell a story that I knew most could relate to. And I wanted to bring awareness to the topic of mental health because it’s a topic that’s brushed under the rug in the African-American community.
Is this a standalone novel or apart of a series?
It’s a 2 part series.
How did you come up with the title and storyline?
Well, my pen sisters and I were bouncing ideas off of each other, because I was stuck when it came to trying to find a name for this book. I knew that I wanted the main character “Chosyn’s” name to be included. So eventually we came up with Chosyn for Love.
Can you tell us a little about the main character(s)?
Chosyn is a little shy but she has her reasons for being so stand-offish. She’s had some things done to her that most people wouldn’t be able to handle at such a young age.
Rosie is considered the strong friend that loses her strength along the way and somehow she gains it back. She’s the firecracker friend and Chosyn’s protector in a sense.
Aspen is not a man of many words. He says what he means with very little explanation behind it. He’s had to be strong for his sister so when things get complicated with her it could possibly mess up things in his personal life.
Jordan is really a good guy he’s just torn between two women. He’s torn between staying with his safety net or walking into a relationship that he knows is toxic but he can’t help that because their love can possibly wash out the toxic actions.
Do you think the cover art of your e-book/novel will persuade readers to read the story inside?
Yes, I’ve gotten so many compliments on the cover and how they can’t wait to read the book just based off the cover.
How much of the book is realistic? Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Like almost all of the book is realistic. What Chosyn went through, my niece did not go through it, but Chosyn’s actions were inspired by her.
What was the hardest part about writing this book?
The emotions I felt when writing it. I would have to take breaks because my emotions would start to get the best of me.
Is there a message in your e-book/novel that you want your readers to grasp?
Yes, most definitely. Mental Health is real and it is VERY prevalent in the African American community. Don’t count a child out as being bad or a problem child just because they act different, they might have something else going that may need a psychologist touch. And don’t forget to check on your strong friends because they get weak sometimes too.
Is there anything else you would like your/the readers to know about your book?
I really hope that everyone that picks up my book enjoys it and love it so much that they recommend it to a friend. My goal is to touch one person and make them aware of mental health and if I do that then I’ve done my job.
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