Letrise Carter was born in the Deep South but uprooted as a young child to the Midwest where she would grow up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin while keeping her southern roots her parents would send her to south during summers. Letrise has always loved writing from middle school through college. Writing was always her passion and escapes for her use her creative imagination in storytelling. Letrise would graduate from Lakeland College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and then complete her Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management. Becoming a mother shifted her dreams of writing and broadcasting to being deferred dreams. It would be the “empty nest” feeling that she would rediscover her gifts, passion, and love for story telling by launch her first Blog titled Sistah’s Place2 and then Sistah’s Place Entertainment where she would grow that platform showcasing indie artists in film, theater, literary, and television. Blogging helped ignite her passion for writing and storytelling, but most important her gifts to inspire, entertain, encourage, and have an impact on others through her writing. Letrise published her first novel Deceitful Secrets on October 23, 2017 a drama and suspense filled with a few twists. Her debut novel is a part of the Deceitful Series and get ready for a journey with the Jacksons. Letrise is an entrepreneur and aspiring screen writer. Letrise resides in suburbs outside of Chicago, IL with her beautiful daughter.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write by my dreams, watching movies, listening to music, and things that happen in life that I like to do the "what if" this happened to make it interesting.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner and I like to hand write out my story to get the juices flowing with my creativity and imagination. I do sit and write a little sketch about each character and how they will interact with one another. My first novel came to me in a dream. I woke up out my sleep and wrote the synopsis and draft outline as the scenes were in my dream.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. It was funny when I first started writing my story Deceitful Secrets. I went through a period of writers block because I refuse to follow the lead of my characters. I had made up my mind that I am writing this story regardless of the characters directions. But it was m y dreams that came alive with the story that I allowed my characters to tell the story.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many authors that have keep me glued to my special reading nook to finish their story because it was that good of a page turner. Author's like Kimberla Roby Lawson, Pamela Young, Toni Larue, Christian Keyes, Brenda Jackson, and Beverly Jenkins just to name a few. The books are Copy Cat & Sin of a Woman by Kimberla Roby Lawson, Abandoned Secrets & No Kissing by Toni Laure, and Dr. Feelgood & Ladies Night by Christian Keyes.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Before I decided to self published using Create Space & Kindle Publishing. I went to several book webinars, seminars, online, and workshops to learn about traditional publishing, boutique publishing, and self-publishing. Of course, the pros to self publishing won me over. I like being in control and independent.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future of book publishing will continue to see more independent authors as this has become made easier.
What genres do you write?
drama, suspense, contemporary women, inspiration
What formats are your books in?
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