Jen: Today we welcome Nigeria Lockley to Romancing the Book. Nigeria, will you share a short bio with us?
Nigeria: My favorite color is blue. I like pralines ‘n’ cream ice cream. I’m on the church choir, but I really can’t sing. God bless my choir director and pastor. I was always a writer, but I wasn’t always into Christian Fiction. Poetry was actually my forte and my first love when it came to writing. I was born on a major holiday, which sucked as a kid, got progressively better as I grew up, and now it is just another day. I’ve always dreamed of becoming an author and now with confidence I can quote Matthew 6:33, which says that if we seek the kingdom of God first, and his righteousness, everything will be added unto us.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Nigeria: In Seasoned with Grace, volatile supermodel Grace King must deal with the demons of her past in order to create the future she wants. On that journey she meets Horace Brown, who only wants her if she’s been saved and sanctified, but Grace has never met a man who could resist her. The idea in a sense came from my day job. I’m an educator and in past couple of years I noticed an escalation of violence and acts of aggression coming from our female students and I wanted to explore that and then celebrity aspect I think came from our culture’s obsession with celebrities and their sometimes outrageous behaviors.
Jen: Who is your celebrity crush?
Nigeria: I don’t think he’s a celebrity anymore, but I love Allen Iverson.
Jen: Favorite picnic food?
Nigeria: I don’t do picnics, but I love me some BBQ–a little London broil on the girl makes me a happy girl.
Jen: Favorite sport to watch? Participate in?
Nigeria: Football. Is walking a sport?
Jen: Favorite piece of jewelry?
Nigeria: Anything my kids make me. In my headshot I’m actually wearing one of the bracelets my eldest daughter made me.
Jen: What is your phobia?
Nigeria: Phobia? I have none.
Jen: Do you have any siblings?
Nigeria: Yes. Two big sisters and one little brother.
Jen: What is your decorating style?
Nigeria: I don’t have a decorating personality.
Jen: What is your preferred method of travel?
Jen: If you could travel in time, where’d you go?
Nigeria: I’d go back in time to the Harlem Renaissance.
Jen: What is your favorite genre to read?
Nigeria: Christian Fiction
Jen: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Nigeria: Night owl. Although, my night owl hours bleed into the next day, so does that make me an early morning person?
Jen: What’s next for you?
Nigeria: Next I’ll be delving into the publishing world. I’m launching my own publishing company, Inheritance Books and I will be releasing a novella in the fall, Tempted to Touch and we’ll be taking submissions for an anthology very soon, so stay tuned.