Growing up I preferred to hang out with my dad and his friends, watching them play cards or dominoes. Mostly they talked long $h*t, told lies, and exagerations. At a very young age I learned the art of truth fabrication—otherwise known as spinning yarns and creating alibies.
Later, I lived, or experienced, many of the struggles I write about in my books.
As an unwed pregnant teenager, I lived in Compton, a gang stronghold of Los Angeles.
Our house was deep in the hood. In time most of my cousins, and brother, joined gangs. Because we lived in different areas, they were rivals on the streets which made things very interesting at family gatherings. Warring loyalties are difficult to live with and hard to watch, but they make for good story telling after the violence is over.
Eventually, I married and divorced. Struggling with being a single mother, I balanced kids, work, not enough money, not enough education, an occasional worthwhile or sometimes worthless boyfriend, and a woefully lack of self-belief.
That was a long time ago. In my books I sometimes don't get the most current street language—it changes almost daily—but I’ll always get the attitudes and people right because they still are family members, were neighbors, sometimes lovers and often mistakes. The words may change, the people and their attitudes don’t.
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About Us: The Michelle Angelique series is co-written by Lori Jean and S. Jay. We work on all of our books together, talk about them daily, and bounce story, character, and plot ideas back and forth like old friends, because we are.