Hello, today we have Ra’Mone Marquis for Author in the Spotlight.
About the Author
Ra’Mone Marquis is a native of the State of Florida. He received his Bachelors degree from Florida International University where he became a proud 2005 initiate of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He went on to receive his Masters degree from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Marquis currently lives in Miami, Florida. Life experiences and literary idols such as Omar Tyree, Terry McMillan, and Eric Jerome Dickey; have shaped Ra’mone into the author that he is today. This is what formed the foundation of him being considered an unique and relatable author. Due to a desire to provide people with an uncensored, entertaining, and informative place to learn and express one’s self regarding everything sexuality; Ra’Mone created the website The Quis Box. It includes everything from a blog, discussion topics, videos, drink recipes, and more. He is also the Founder and President of True T.A.L.E.N.T.S. Foundation, Inc.; a 501c3 nonprofit that he started in 2011. Its mission is to mentor and enrich the youth of our communities, ages 13-18 years old. With talents including music and dramatic arts; Ra’Mone finds joy in writing, cooking, entertainment, exercising, eating, and traveling…just to name a few. Courtesy of Grind 2 Glory Publications and Kace Books, LLC. Ra’Mone’s first novel is a highly reviewed novel entitled District 69: The Crimson Edition. His second novel, District 69: The Color Haven is its unpredictable followup.
After talking with Ra'Mone and asking him questions, here is what he had to say.
1.) What inspired the author to write the book(s)?
When it came to District 69: The Crimson - the bulk of the stories in this book takes place in Miami. so I thought to myself, what part of Miami is sexy and alluring to me? I immediately thought about the art district and 69 is my favorite sexual position which is how the first part of the first book and series was created. Next I wanted a color that I thought added a good ring to the title and had levels of sexuality to it. Crimson was the perfect touch due to how I personally feel about the color. As for the second book the 2nd part of the title "The Color Haven" came from an idea for me to take a variety of colors, use how they make me feel, and use that to guide the types of stories that are in each part.
2.) How long have you been writing?
I started writing when I was in elementary but it was more for therapeutic reasons. As I got older and started to have my own experiences in sex, love, and relationships...my writing transitioned and evolved.
3.) Who is your favorite author?
Oh wow that's a hard one but I have to say.....Eric Jerome Dickey.
4.) Do you outline?
I do. It is a must for me. Once I have a title for the book, I then outline how the book will go such as the stories, titles, etc. In my third book that is not out yet, part of the book is a mini book with 4 chapters. I created an outline to structure what I wanted to cover in each chapter.
5.) What is your routine?
Early in the morning or late at night is when I prefer to write. I need complete silence, a snack (preferably a nut medley or fruit), and a glass of wine or margarita. Once I finish I leave the store alone and let it marinate. Then the next day or later that day I come back and juice it open/edit it.
6.) What do you do when you aren't writing?
Living life to the fullest so that I can have more to write about, exercising, and working on my other endeavors.
7.) Where do you get your ideas from?
Real life experiences. All of the stories I've written in my first two books are my real life experiences or the experiences of others.
8.) How do you get over writer's block?
I don't force. I do nothing but wait for it to pass.
9.) What project are you working on now?
I am making plans to debut my own online show and my dissertation for school. Other than being an author I'm also a PhD student.
10.) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
My brand and worked is rooted in getting people to embrace and cherish the essence of love and sexuality. They do not need to run from or hinder it. My books are more than just stories of sexual activity. They are journeys of diversity that caters to everyone and allows you to feel as if you are in the midst of what is going on.
There you have it from Ra'Mone Marquis.
Thank you for allowing me to do this interview. It was nice meeting you. And I would like to wish you the best in everything you do. If anyone would like to contact Ra'Mone or you have any questions please feel free to. You can reach him at the contacts below.
District 69: The Crimson Edition
Amazon (U.S) Kindle- Buy Now
Paperback - Buy Now
District 69: The Color Haven
Amazon (U.S.) Paperback & Kindle- Buy Now
Instagram: @ramonemarquis & @kacebooks
You can enter and enjoy The Quis Box : www.thequisbox.com
You can find additional information about Ra’Mone Marquis’ nonprofit, True T.A.L.E.N.T.S. Foundation, Inc., at: www.ttfoundation5.com