We would like to thank Dyphia Blount aka Gemini Phoenix for stopping by for her 10/10 Interview. Don't forget to download her new book and leave a review.
1. Can you please tell us who is Gemini Phoenix?
Gemini Phoenix is a wife, mother, friend, child of God, and entrepreneur! I chose Gemini Phoenix as a pen name because my zodiac sign is Gemini; which I'm true to, and I feel like the day I started writing (5 years ago), I rose from ashes like a phoenix!
2. What was your inspiration behind "Let's Wait Awhile?"
My inspiration behind Let's Wait Awhile was the fact that I have a teenage daughter who I want to wait to have sex and felt that all teenage girls her age need some type of inspiration to do so.
3. Most of your readers are used to you being an erotica author, why the sudden switch in genre? How has it been received?
The sudden switch came about from God. He told me that I needed to share what's really going on in the world and help these young girls understand that it's ok not to follow the crowd. It was received well I guess. My true fans loved it and I've also gained a few fans that has never read any of my erotica books.
4. How much did your own sexuality or life come into play while writing this book?
A great deal of my own sexuality came into play when I wrote this story because I was molested, saw friends go through date rape, suicide, and abusive household environments.
5. Do you have a philosophy by which you live?
The philosophy that I live by is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I think it's pretty self explanatory. lol
6. What type of legacy would you like to leave for your readers... young and old?
The legacy I would like to leave is that I put my personal experiences into my books so they will know it's real and feel the emotions.
7. How important was a "platform" in selling your young adult books?
A platform is really important when selling or writing any type of book. I wish I'd done more to get this book out there, but I'm still working in the shadows.
8. Do you have book signings coming up where teen readers can meet you?
am currently working on an event for in Newport News as well as securing a spot at Barnes & Nobles for the summer.
9. Can you tell us about your upcoming project(s)?
I have several upcoming projects, but I'm currently working on Let's Wait Awhile 2 and a spin off from my best selling series, Suck Me Dry called That's My Bestfriend!
10. What advice do you have to an aspiring author?
The advice I would give any new author or writer is to pull your stories from within, don't trust everyone who says they want to help, and stay true to God first and He will be true to you always!
Synopsis:Four families; Different choices and consequences! Breaking the silence of abuse, molestation, rape, and sexuality! On Payne's thirteenth birthday she finally meets her father, but the consequences of his actions may take him away from her forever! Her best friends, Marquis and Tia both go through life changes that will follow them like a dark shadow, while (Payne's mother) Janice relives the most horrific secret from her past! Four families have their own problems, yet connect in some way to build a bridge, and get over it!
I believe God has a plan for all of us and we need to have Faith and believe that everything happens for a reason. I left my job of seven years to write and publish my first book Dicmatized: The Doctor Is In in 2012. It even made #5 top rated, best erotica and held the spot for over 2 months! I am also an advocate and founder of Breaking the Silence of Abuse (www.
breakingthesilenceofabuse.com) spreading the word, “I am not a victim, I am a survivor!” I'm a wife, mother, and friend. I am so proud and overjoyed that you all took the time to read one or all of my books and I want you to know...without you, there is no me! My tagline is ~ Why try to fit in, when you're meant to stand out?