Intimate Conversation with BlaQueThe author BlaQue, nicknamed the BlaQue Angel because of the twisted and dark stories she weaves, was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area where she currently resides with her son. BlaQue began writing after reading several Donald Goines books and decided she would love to pen stories in the same gritty, fast-paced manner. After writing her first novel Dirty DNA and allowing several of her peers to read and critique her work, she decided to submit it to G Street Chronicles where she joined the ranks of some of the heaviest hitting authors in Urban Literature.
BPM: When did you get your first inkling to write, and how did you advance the call for writing?
I first began to write after reading several Donald Goines novels and thinking to myself, I can do that! I wanted to bring that realness back to the Urban Fiction genre. I did not want to write the stereotypical hustler's tale.
BPM: Do you have anyone in your life that was heavily influential in your deciding to become an author?
My father was my biggest influence to write. He told me at a young age with all the paper I used writing I should put my talent to use. When he passed away I made a promise to write a book in his honor. His unconditional love for his daughters made me push to complete my first novel. That is how Dirty DNA was born.
BPM: Introduce us to your series and the main characters. What makes each one special? Do you have any favorites?
Dirty DNA is an Urban Fiction novel that shows that all that glitters is NOT gold and that blood should be thicker than water! There is a message hidden within the pages of this gritty story. It was not written just to shock the reader, but to show them why being involved in every aspect of your child's life is important.
YaSheema 'Ya Ya' Clayton, is the spoiled daughter of famed drug lord Darnell Clayton. She is the apple of her father's eye and in his eyes she can do no wrong. She is ill tempered and misguided to say the least and those are her good traits!
ShaNiqua 'NiQue' Watkins, is the best friend of Ya Ya. They were bred to rule the streets with a ruthless hand, however NiQue has her own issues and is on her own mission to find love in the Capital City. Somehow her looking for love may cause problems with the long time friends.
Neko Reynolds, is the long lost brother or Ya Ya Clayton who gets pulled into deep, dark family secrets that he never knew existed. The question is will he escape the family drama with his life?
BPM: Tell us about the sequel, Dirty DNA 2. Which topic in the book can you identify with the most? Why?
One of the biggest messages in this book is that a parent's love is the most important to a child no matter how old they are. Every child deserves to have the love and guidance of their parents no matter what the child's issues may be.
Dirty DNA 2: 'Til Death Do Us Part: Washington, D.C. has never seen rage like that of ShaniQua “NiQue” Watkins. After taking out her entire family she has decided to settle in on being a mother to her newborn daughter, YaSheema Nicole, and soon-to-be wife to her rapper fiancé’, Ronald “Dread” Evans. Just when she thought her life was headed in the right direction, the demon Pajay who lives within her resurfaces to wreak havoc on the remaining family members of the Clayton-Reynolds clan.
NiQue tries desperately to suppress the darkness from taking hold of not only her last surviving sibling, Neko Reynolds, and his girlfriend Pinky York but any and everyone who won’t cooperate. NiQue battles with her own past while trying to survive long enough to have a future worth living for. Will she be able to tame the beast that lies in the darkest part of her soul? Or will Pajay reign supreme and demolish the rest of the surviving members of the notorious Reynolds-Clayton family once and for all?