The hardest part before signing my contract was doing everything - marketing, cover design, editing and writing. Now, the hardest part is trying to stay focused on no more than two projects/ideas at once. It can be challenging because I write screenplays also, so sometimes, ideas just flow. I have to buckle down and discipline myself to focus and zone in. The quicker I get that one project done, I can move on.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Concrete Stilettos?
Taz Elizabeth Green is a seventeen-year-old virgin who moonlights a an eighteen-year-old stripper. Her parents were murdered when she was twelve and although she was taken in by the detective working her case and his family, she still finds that she needs to fill a void and stripping becomes her outlet. Her faith in God is what keeps her strong and she's determined to find her way back to Him.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was judged as a teen girl by the church. Although I wasn't a stripper, Taz and I have similarities and I remember crying out to the church for help and receiving criticism instead of grace. I think the church should learn to embrace everyone and not judge and I wrote this book to open up a dialogue about today's generation and the older generation of the church.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I usually focus on weekly goals and I write 10,000 to 12,000 words per week, sometimes more. I never do by the hour because I may not write Monday or Tuesday, but as long as my system of 10,000 to 12,000 words per week is fulfilled, then I'm good.
Name your top five favourite books.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
On Writing by Stephen King
Child of God by Lolita Files
What are you working on now?
I'm finishing the last few chapters on my next release, The Cost of Love. It's about a girl named Xea and her boyfriend Mitch who go through hell trying to stay together while her father tries to keep them apart from his prison cell and her mother goes to the extremes to see her daughter miserable. Taz actually makes several appearances in the book. It's my way of helping my readers remember her as they wait for the sequel to Concrete Stilettos. The Cost of Love will be out at the end of November. I'm also working on the sequel to Concrete Stilettos and that will be out some time in January.
Title: Concrete Stilettos
Author: Mya Kay
Genre: Urban Romance / YA
Mya Kay’s Concrete Stilettos: A Love Story, is a fierce, urban romance that will leave the people in the pews and the parlor screaming for more.
She’s as real as they come and as hard as they make them. And her heart still belongs to God…
Seventeen-year-old Taz Elizabeth Green is every man’s fantasy, every girl’s women crush and the envy of many of the women she strips with in Philadelphia. But she’s not your average stripper. A virgin whose parents were murdered when she was 12, Taz only dances because she truly loves it – not because she’s broke and hungry. Not one to make an excuse or take part in self-pity, she wiggles her way into private parties for politicians and police officers, adding to the stash her parents left her. Even the Grady’s, the family that adopted her when her parents were murdered, have no idea the double life Taz is living. They sent her off at sixteen to UCLA, a genius that had been skipped twice in school, to get a degree in Business and Design. Only, Taz returned to Philadelphia a year later with more than just college credits to her name. The only thing Taz fears is her father, Officer Drew Grady, painting the town red when he finds out.
Her best friend Daylen believes in her and so does her cousin Shamiyah. With encouragement, she learns to manage Shamiyah’s lingerie store and takes baby steps to a purpose filled life. She even increases her church attendance and prays more, seeking answers to unknown questions. Enter Curran Kilman, the UPS driver who delivers to the store and suddenly, Taz’s desire for fun in the nightlife changes to nighttime picnics and strolls in the park on the weekend. She can tell Curran might be “the one” and she feels he may be getting closer to making a commitment. But not before she’s exposed at the church she’s been attending – on the Sunday her and Curran go together. And to make matters worse, Daylen’s leukemia diagnosis brings out a family secret that could add layers to Taz’s demons – and for once, she’s not sure how to fight. Not to mention every time Taz leaves the hospital or her condo, there’s a black SUV parked outside and she is sure she’s being followed which is confirmed when Taz almost meets death on more than one occasion. Pleasure and purpose collide in Concrete Stilettos: A Love Story, the story of a teen girl who’s lost in a world full of judgment and sin, but knows God is calling her name.
Mya Kay is the author of three previous self-published titles, Speechless: Short Stories, Butterfly Faith and A Song for Jordan. Concrete Stilettos: A Love Story is her first urban romance novel under Royalty Publishing House, an independent publishing company based in Atlanta. For more information, visit Mya on the following social media channels.