Imagine pursuing something your entire life and just moments before it’s about to happen . . . you wake up. Someone snaps their fingers and it all changes. That’s exactly what spurred Ni’chelle Genovese a small town Norfolk, VA native to begin her transition from music into the literary world.
“One day I was trying to figure out how I’d go on tour and open with Drew, she’d started her own label Record Breakers Ent. and I was her first artist. She got pregnant with her son and my situation just stalled.”
Discovered by actress/singer Drew Sidora (The Game, Step-Up 2, White Chicks); As a musician, Ni’chelle’s main mission was to stay true to herself and beliefs. “I was always too avant-garde for hip-hop, or too ahead. I sat with one A&R who listened to my entire demo and told me to lose weight and dumb my material down. I laugh now because I killed myself to lose that weight but I never dumbed down a thing. My skinny self went and wrote the next song in Latin.”
She’s turned down impressive offers from Lil Kim’s Queen Bee Records as a ghost writer and even passed on an exclusive recording contract with Bad Boy. Under the close mentoring of rapper Ice-T, Ni’chelle developed a writing style unlike any other female MC. She has since penned verses and hooks for the likes of Pink, Governor, Mike Bless, and Drew Sidora, but her heart lies in her storytelling abilities.
On December 23rd 2010 Ni’chelle self published and released the drama filled novel, “Baby Momma.” It was the first in a three part series that not only draws readers into its plots and ploys but spirals them into a world of passion, crime, and revenge. The novel “Baby Momma,” was an instant success and caught the eye of the literary phenomenon Carl Weber. Within two months of its release Ni’chelle Genovese was signed to an exclusive publishing deal with Carl Weber’s, Urban Books and is also working on a new series titled “Church Girl.”
“My novels are extensions of my music, 16 bars 3 minutes and some change? I’ll take thirty plus chapters, two hundred an’ something pages, five people and some lanes. I’m creating my own highway over here. Romantic-Thrillers. You see the signs, Ni’chelle at Work.”
This young woman’s journey has only just begun and looks to have a bright fulfilling future.
It’s great to have you with us today Ni’chelle. We have something in common! I too used to write rhymes before I wrote stories so I’m a multi talented chick! Thanks for hanging out and being present for this interview, let’s get it in!
1. What made you choose to write in the Genre that you write in?
I didn’t particularly choose the genre, it kind of chose me. I was on the verge of going stir crazy from my slew of bad relationships and random dating drama. Chelly tried celibacy and somewhere around month ten I started writing and ummm ALL the romance, drama, and limb twisting, sheet tangling encounters that I wasn’t having . . . went into my work.
2. What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?
One of the reasons I stopped reading romance was because I could always figure out what would happen. I don’t want you to “figure out” what happens that ain’t fun. No, I’ll give you this deconstructed puzzle that comes together perfectly, page by page. I love putting those puzzles together. I’ve yet to hear someone say, “I knew that would happen.”
3. What was the first moment you knew you wanted to write?
I used to write songs, and I even had a recording deal. You know how you’re young and can’t nobody tell you a dern thing about anything but all the old folk keep waving their finger saying, “you need to have something to fall back on.” Boy oh boy, those were some important words. Writing was the “something to fall back on” when my music career didn’t work out the way I wanted it to. I’ve always been a writer; I won literary competitions every year starting as early as 3rd grade.
4. What book do you recommend everyone should read and why?
Um what’s that book where the woman walks with Jesus through hell? I can’t even think of the name. I recommend it because if you’re life ain’t together it’ll get you there and if it is you’ll definitely know if you haven’t been scared witless by the 5th page. Scared the name of the book right up out of my head see? Smh…he is working on me though. Oh yes, it’s called Mary Baxter: A divine revelation of hell.
5. Where is your favorite place to write?
I write all day in my head, on pieces of paper, in my phone, in my drafts folder. I turned one of my rooms into a “writing room” with a desk and a chair no TV. The puppyface (my Yorkie) is banned from that space. It’s too quiet and the sound of her OCD licking her behind or pacing around drives me insane.
6. When you write, do you write for a long period of time or do you write in short burst?
Call me a marathon writer. I’ll lock myself in my writing room and get lost in the time frame of whatever I’m working on; I obsess over sentences until they feel perfect. Pretty sure I’ve spent days on a couple of pages. It gets pretty crazy in there.
7. Where did your inspiration for this book come from?
My inspiration from all of my work has bits and pieces of my real life. The best way to get over someone is to write their behind into a novel. I’m notorious for incorporating milestones from my life into my work, some are just too personal to pinpoint. Many of the female characters have jobs or lead lives I’ve wanted or have considered. I was once very involved in Church but I didn’t feel “the calling” to join the music ministry or any of the other functions they had. That inspired me when I wrote Eva’s journey in Church Girl. She’s a business woman that finds herself in a bind, set-up by her fiancé, and questioning her religion and inner-demons all the while simultaneously finding salvation.
8. What words of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Please don’t get discouraged by your job or the weeds of everyday life. Tell those distractions “no”. Everybody can’t write a book is what I have to remind my distractions. 65,000 to 100,000 words, 230’ish pages Mmm hmm. Focus on a good story first. Yes, yes I know a cover is important, and you have a bangin’ title idea but um you’ll have a pretty piece of $hit too, if you don’t have a good story. I get emails from authors all the time, and they don’t know that I started out self-publishing. 1) The internet was my dearest friend. 2) You don’t start a business and knock on everybody’s door asking how to run it. So why write a book and email every author out there asking how the game works? Granted there are a few that are SUPER helpful, study the industry just like any other business. As an author you are now a business, your name is your brand, and your writing is your product.
9. What is your favorite character in your book and why?
*Tee hee hee* in Baby Momma, Honey slowly grew on me. Her character managed to transition as I was writing. She’d sacrificed a lot for a man she loved and had her daughter taken away in the process. I didn’t expect it but even as a writer that enjoys writing the unexpected I know some things are inevitable. She evolved, and even though she’s an antagonist to my main character you find yourself secretly rooting for this bad-girl.
10. What is your favorite scene from the book or why?
I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. In Baby Momma 2, there’s a scene with some chocolate chip cookies and um have you ever had a warm semi-dark morsel smeared all over . . .wait, what’s the rating up here? Let me stay PG. See, my sensory deprivation writing chamber is on point! It’s one of my favorites because you can mentally feel, taste, and experience a warm cookie yes a cookie in a whole new way. I’m giggling right now.
11. What is your favorite time of year?
Whenever the seasons change, whether it’s winter to spring, spring to summer or summer to fall, I don’t know why but I love the transitions better than the actual seasons. Is that weird? There’s just something about that moment when I’m tired of being hot and having my butt sweat the second I step outside, and tadaa the leaves change colors and it smells like boots and comfy sweaters.
12. Where is your favorite place to read?
Chronic phone beats face syndrome. I’m usually on my kindle app in bed, staring up at the screen trying not to doze off because whatever I’m reading is getting good.
13. What is the worse book you have ever read?
Hmm, don’t remember it was so bad I deleted that memory file to make space for better memories.
14. What is the best book you have ever read?
No, because everyone will laugh. I can hear Carrie’s Mom from the movie in the background chanting, “they’re all gonna laugh at you,” over and over. Okay, okay . . . confession time. My name is Ni’chelle Genovese and I’m addicted to historical romance *wispy sigh* Catherine Coulter’s Bride Trilogy is my swoon, faint, hand to forehead absolute favorite.
15. What is the most inspiring quote you have ever heard?
“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” -Rumi
16. What is your favorite song?
70’s Love Groove – Janet Jackson
17. What is your favorite musical artist?
Janet Jackson forever . . . I don’t care.
18. What is your favorite movie?
All the Iron Mans and Kiss the Girls oh oh and Devil’s Advocate . . . what? I can’t pick ONE it would make the others jealous.
19. What do you hope to say to people with your writing?
It’s not a Ni’chelle Genovese novel if you know what’s next or you aren’t mad at me for doing something drastically unexpected. In Baby Momma, Michelle is a baby momma but she is successful and accomplished. Full Figured 7 debuts on October 29th my story in that anthology is titled Queen Con and it focuses on Alicia a female cop with a daunting past. I’m an artist and I paint women and men’s lives with words. Mosaics, masterpieces, words that make you see images like warm breath in freezing winter air.
20. Where do you see yourself in five years?
As your favorite authors, favorite author.
21. Coffee or Tea?
Full Throttle, Guava Rockstar, Fruit Punch Rockstar, Orange Amp, Cappuccino, and then last resort coffee with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
22. Do you have an official website?
23. Where can we find you on social media?
Follow me on Twitter, Find me on Facebook, Follow me on Instagram
24. Where can we find your books?
Available at most major retailers.
Baby Momma 3 Feb 1st
If happiness had a flavor, could you describe it? If love had a price that you could afford to pay, would you? Michelle is back, and in this mind-blowing sequel to Baby Momma 2, she is by no means taking her losses lightly. She’s been broken down, restored, and at the hands of Honey, practically demolished. The woman that has emerged is hell bent on revenge, until an unexpected twist of destiny turns her world completely inside out.
Honey is preoccupied with her re-emergence into the world, embracing her new life as the “Queen of Miami.” The only thing that might destroy her faster than Michelle’s rage is her new Mafia family. She’s slowly learning that all that glitters comes with hands attached to dimmer switches—and right now they’re itching to hit the off button. When the only options are bad and worse, Honey does the unthinkable and reaches into her past for a favor that might end up costing her more than the Family can even afford to pay.