Guest post by Nataisha Hill
Writing is expression; It’s how we live, think, and breath. As a matter of fact, it’s everything to me. I began writing poetry and short stories at the tender age of four. I started with “Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle” and ended up remixing simple poems and nursery rhymes to my own individual style by the time I was six or seven-years-old. Of course, as time progressed, I began to familiarize myself with writers such as Stephen King and Terry McMillan, whom inspired me to be unique in my expressions.
In my adult years, I took a different career path as I attended Middle Tennessee State University by majoring in music. However, I found myself expressing my emotions even more poetically. It was a way to release the emotional buildup of negative situations that were constantly occurring in separate periods of my life. My writing was mostly about falling in and out of love, distrust, and longing.
I quickly realized that poetry wasn’t enough, and I needed a bigger format. I started writing my first novel when my oldest daughter was 3-months-old. It felt as if I went through more in one year than about five years combined. I was also a junior in college, so I stayed up in the wee hours of the morning writing my book, sometimes until 3a.m while the little was asleep. I finished writing my first rough draft in six months. I was eager to get it published, so I skipped a lot steps in the publishing process such pre-editing, proofreading, etc.
I couldn’t afford to pay anyone to do my book covers, so I learned Photoshop essentials and started creating them myself. I also couldn’t afford models for the cover, so I would use my own photos from my amateur modeling shoots. I didn’t have an editor, nor did I have a publishing company willing to accept my writing, so I created my own company, TaiLormade Books, and self-published with a lot of mistakes. I did all of my on marketing through social sites, bloggers, guest posts, and I ran ads on Amazon and Google.
Later on, I was able to invest in an editor and republished my novel. I went in and corrected the greater portion of the mistakes in my writing style. People would come up to me and say they read my book in two or three days, which was an honor to hear. I didn’t expect to become rich from my first novel, however, I did have an epiphany. I knew that once I published my first book, I would want to do a second, which led to a third, and now, I am in the process of releasing the fourth book in the “Partially Broken Never Destroyed” series.
Other interests have also led me to write individual books apart from the series. I wrote a personal weight loss book, a relationship guide, and an essential oils e-book.The great thing about writing is that I never feel like I’m doing work. I could literally, and I actually have, work on a book for 12 hours straight. It’s like an addiction. I think one of the most important lessons I’ve learned about writing is to not to try and cater to what you think people will like, but to write what you love in hopes that people will cater to your creativity.
By Nataisha Hill
A twisted night leads Kayla into a hot and steamy love affair with the man of her dreams. Her intuition tells her something is wrong about this romantic encounter, but she is captivated by lust. Suddenly, his antics become questionable and her minor concerns turn into an obsession of searching for truths. The lies and deceit plague not only her life, but her friends and family as well.
Based on some true events.