There’s nothing like an inside scoop. Being able to go behind the scenes and get answers that nobody else has is always cool, which is why I’ve always loved interviews and Q&As. Maybe I’m a bit narcissistic (I’ve been accused of as much, lol), but I like being asked questions about my work. It’s honestly because I love what I do, so naturally, I love being able to talk about it. It’s not narcissism, it’s passion. Don’t confuse the two. Writing is what I do, it’s my passion in life outside of loving my family, so talking about it gets me fired up. It gets me excited, and I honestly could answer questions about it all day every day (if you have questions about writing, or publishing, or anything writing related, ask me! I love this stuff!) So, below you’ll find a few questions I’ve received since I started the beta/ARC process for Madman (Love & Chaos #1), and I’m expanding on the answers specifically for this blog post. Solomon and his intense, psychotic personality have been the most frequent topic, so I decided to give my readers & book fans some insight on Solomon King. Step inside the mind of a madman
Q: Wow! I just finished Madman, and Solomon is my favorite thing in the world right now! You did a great job with him. What on earth made you come up with a character like him?
A: Lol! Well, thank you! He’s by far my favorite character of all time, hands down. Solomon is actually the culmination of a few ideas. First off, I’ve been craving a character like him since I started writing. I’ve always thought that James Patterson was dope, and the way he created so many stories for Alex Cross was always awesome to me. I’ve been wanting a character that I loved more than all the others for a while, but every other character I made just didn’t check all the boxes of the type of guy who I’d never get tired of writing. Solomon checks off all the boxes.
Secondly, I originally got the personality for Solomon from a movie. We took the family to go see Suicide Squad, and seeing Jared Leto’s version of the Joker really got me thinking. I wanted to create a complete psycho who was wild and unpredictable just like the Joker. I wanted a completely insane, psychopath, who isn’t interested in redeeming himself in the eyes of the reader. He’s too crazy to care about whether the reader will like his actions or not. He will set your house on fire with you in it, then laugh as he watches it burn, all while still being completely in love with his woman! How dope is that?! I didn’t want the violent side of Joker & Harley’s relationship, but I wanted their passionate, insane love, and that’s how Solomon King and Madman were born.
Q: I don’t know how you did it, but you somehow managed to push the limits of how far a character could go without making me think it was too far. Were you ever worried that readers would think Solomon goes too far?
A: Definitely not. I took a break from writing before I was able to really dive into Madman, and during that break I fell into a new mindset about writing. I realized that my passion for writing could only be properly fueled by the freedom to write what I want, how I want. I can’t love it if I can’t express myself through it freely. So, when I started getting into writing Madman, I decided that it was going to be no holds barred. Solomon is a psycho, so there’s no such thing as going too far to him. he doesn’t put limits on himself at all, and to him, he’s unstoppable. He does what he wants, and dares someone to challenge him on it. The only redeeming quality he really has is that he’s in love with Reina. That’s all I wanted him to have. His other character traits are perfect to me. He’s a madman, through & through.
Q: This book really has a Joker/Harley type feel to it. Is that on purpose?
A: Yep. What’s more entertaining and fun to write than two psychos who are in love?! The series title, Love & Chaos, couldn’t have been more perfect. That’s what Reina and Solomon are, they are love & chaos personified.
Q: Was it difficult writing Solomon’s eccentric, erratic, violent, yet genius personality? He’s crazy and smart at the same time.
A: Nah, I wouldn’t say it was difficult. it was more fun than anything else. I tend to write in the male POV because I like becoming my characters. I didn’t get to become an actor in life, so I kind of live out that dream by becoming these book characters and seeing how deep I go. So, it was a blast being able to become Solomon and say craziness that I knew I would never say myself. After he’d say or do something crazy, I’d read it back and laugh to myself, thinking, “Holy shit this guy is nuts, and I love it!”
Q: How many books do you have planned for the Love & Chaos Series?
A: I don’t know, but I feel like these characters could go on for a long time. I love them so much, I couldn’t bear to see them go anytime soon. The possibilities for these two are endless, and I already have 3 more story lines for them, and all 3 of them absolutely have to become novels, plus I’m already writing a novella between books 1 & 2. I may take a break from them and write another story in 2019, but I’ll come back to them after that. I fell in love with Solomon & Reina. They made me love writing in a way I hadn’t yet discovered. I owe it to them to keep them alive and use them as a way to re-ignite my fire if ever it starts to get tired and burn out.
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