Lurea McFadden is the author of the FeMALE TRAITSTM Trilogy, Men Don’t Leave, Plan B, Some Kind of Crazy, and her latest Bad Luck. She was born in 1960 in Harlem, NY, and is now a native of Trenton, New Jersey, where she works for the state. Lurea attended Jacksonville University where she received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in History, and has spent many years working in the public school system as a Social Studies Teacher.
Authors Welcome had the opportunity to speak with Lura McFadden about the FeMALE TRAITS Triology.
AW: Tell us a little bit about your book.
Lurea: There is actually a Trilogy with the first book as follows – The story of sexy, smart and very married Grace Trufant and her playa lifestyle. She is married but somehow she requires more attention than her upstanding man can offer. She plays hard; in fact she is a “playa” in her own right. This is the tale of Grace’s extra love affairs and her lessons learned.
AW: Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Lurea: My intended audience is young adult to any age. This story is designed to entertain and show all sides of human nature.
AW: How did you come up with the title for your book/series?
Lurea: My original thought was to show how a woman can make the same mistakes in a relationship as a man and it is viewed differently.
AW: Tell us a bit about your cover design? Who designed it and did you have a lot of input into the design?
Lurea: My design is supposed to show the sneakier side of human nature. I shoot all of my pictures for the cover and I enjoy sitting down with my designers to create the cover. On the first part of the Trilogy, I farmed out that duty but on the rest I sat down with each designer.
AW: How long did it take to complete your novel?
Lurea: Each of my novels usually takes about four months to complete.
AW: Did you ever experience writer’s block? If so, what did you do to get out of the funk?
Lurea: I have never really experienced block. There were times when I changed directions but they seem to flow pretty easily.
AW: Tell us about the challenges of getting your first novel published? About how long did it take?
Lurea: I sent out inquiries for nearly eight months before I decided to self-publish. The time to get it into book form was about two months from start to finish.
AW: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Lurea: My main character, Grace Trufant is and will always be my favorite. She just seems to process so much daring and nerve that you just have to like her and hate her at the same time.
AW: Who is your least favorite character and what makes them less appealing to you?
Lurea: That is hard because I created them all. It is a little hard to favor less any one of your creations. That being said, I might pick Brien (the love interest) for giving in so easily to the things he could not change.
AW: If you could change only one thing about your novel, what would it be?
Lurea: Perhaps the title, not because I don’t like it but rather because it made for such a hard sell when vending. (Glad I didn’t)
AW: Give us an interesting or fun fact about your book/series.
Lurea: I had to change the cover to get it to FLY!!!!!
AW: What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike? Did they inspire you?
Lurea: Can’t say I can recall anything similar. I try to be different in how I twist my stories and even how I end my books.
AW: What made you decide to become an author?
Lurea: I honestly began writing at work during break and lunch-time. I began to let my mind wonder and I began to imagine what certain situations would be like. I began to type out the scenarios and a novel was born.
AW: What is the toughest criticism that you have received as an author?
Lurea: That has to be when readers don’t get my endings. I enjoy open ended tales and like to leave the story to grow in the mind of the readers, so sometimes in the eyes of readers I don’t tie up the end as well as they would like. Some readers believe I took the easy way out and I believe that sometimes there is no neat and clean ending in life.
AW: What is the best compliment?
Lurea: I often read and hear that the reader could not put it down. This pleases me to no end. I am always glad to learn that a reader ‘stayed up all night’ reading my stuff!!!!!
AW: Do you have another job or are you a full-time author?
Lurea: I am employed full-time for the State of New Jersey.
AW: What can we expect from you in the future? Do you have a new novel or project that you are working on?
Lurea: I am currently working with a partner on a Screenplay based on the FeMALE TRAITS Trilogy.
AW: Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
Lurea: My advice is to do the work. In other words, stay in there and try to produce the best work you can. Take criticisms and learn from them and don’t be discouraged when moving forward in life.
AW: How to you market your book?
Lurea: I have done book fairs and store signings. The Internet’s Social Networking is the method I use most these days. I work through Facebook and Twitter to create interest in my work. I encourage spreading the word through all medias including within the books themselves.
AW: Do you have a Facebook author page or Twitter that we can give out to our readers so they can follow you?