Queenie’s Writer’s Week – Letrise T. Carter

A Journey to Self Discovery to finding her way.

Letrise Carter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Financials Management & Accounting.  Letrise works in Corporate America by day as an Associate Director while building her small business as CEO of Sistah’s Place & Sistah’s Creative Media.  Letrise is a writer, author, podcaster, and magazine editor, and media manager. She published her first novella in 2017 titled Deceitful Secrets. After a 2-year break to focus on her health, Letrise published two short stories in the series Lucy Mason series- Lucy’s Worth and Lucy’s Faith with the third installment set to release end of November titled Lucy’s Heart.   Letrise resides in the suburbs outside of Chicago.

The Past has a way of coming full Circle

Tell me more about your latest book.  

My most recent book is Lucy’s Faith which is part 2 in the Lucy Mason Series in the New Adult Fiction. 

Lucy’s Faith- Now that she has a fresh start in Chicago, Illinois with her big sister, Carol. Lucy’s faith will be tested and questioned as she seeks to heal in the next chapter of her life. Doors will open for Lucy and challenges will present themselves as she presses forward for a new beginning. Will she doubt herself? Will she learn to have faith in God and know that he will provide for her? Will she forgive Roger?

Romance/Suspense- Deceitful Secrets- Meet Devin. He’s handsome, successful, and has a beautiful wife who is equally accomplished. Devin’s lifestyle is one any man would dream of but he’s not content. He has an appetite for women that his wife alone cannot curb. But soon, his playboy antics has him buried deep in a blackmail scandal and the only person who can fix it, is the one person who can destroy his life. Taylor couldn’t ask for anything more. She has a wonderful life. From the outside, all seems perfect, but Taylor is harboring a secret that could end her marriage… and his name is Kelly.

What is your genre? 

Romance/suspense is Deceitful Secrets while Lucy’s Faith is New Adult Fiction

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  

When my characters stop talking to me it can be challenging.

What motivated you to become an author?  

It was becoming an empty nester and having to find my way back to myself after giving my all to my daughter to make sure she chase her dreams, not realizing I was not chasing my first love- writing.  

What brought you to write this book? 

Lucy’s Faith is part 2 in a series that was birth during the 2nd year of my battle with Breast Cancer. The story came during a time when I was trying to find my writing mojo through a 30-day short-story writing assignment by Walter Mosley in the writing Master Class he taught in early 2021. Everything that I was dealing with emotionally and physically came to life in this series. Meanwhile, Deceitful Secrets was a story that I dreamed one night that I literally woke up out of my sleep and wrote the story as if it was a moving playing before my eyes. 

How many books have you written so far? 

 I have written 3 that are published and 6 more that I consider incomplete since I am still writing those.  

What book or books had a strong influence on you and your writing?  

I can’t say one book in particular, but there is a book by Toure Roberts “Purpose Awakening” had a strong influence on me. This book lived up to its title to awaken my purpose for storytelling and to see clearly the big picture of what sharing our stories really means.

How hard is it to establish in your genre?  

It’s not hard to establish in my genre in my opinion for Romance.  However, I stumbled into writing in the New Adult Fiction and it’s 

Where do you love to write? 

I love writing on my patio and in my writing room while playing instrumental music.  

Where do you get your ideas from? 

My ideas come from my imagination, daydreaming, dreams, and witnessing folks’ drama in public.  

What is your favorite fiction book? 

Only one? That is hard because I have several favorites, but my all-time favorite is by one of my favorite authors… I absolutely love Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby.

How hard is it to establish in your genre? 

 It’s not hard to establish in my genre in my opinion for Romance.  However, I stumbled into writing in the New Adult Fiction and it’s a new experience for me but I am learning it as I go from other established New Adult Fiction writers.  

Book Link Lucy’s Faith:  https://tinyurl.com/yjykun2s

Book Link Deceitful Secrets:  http://deceitfulsecrets.com/

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