Interview with Author/blogger Ena- Alese

Tell me a bit about yourself….

I'm Ena-Alese, I'm an Artist and Poetry writer. I enjoy writing and do it with passion. I went to college for Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. I decided to pursue my love for writing after failing to pursue my career goals in Cosmetology. I have a great sense of humor and I don't like math lol. I dream big to achieve my accomplishments, and I embrace any obstacles that lie in my path.

What genre/s do you write in?

Poetry, music, fiction, horror, and research writing.

How long have you been writing?

I've been writing since the age of nine.

Do you have any published books or articles? Tell me a bit about these and what publishing route you took.

Yes, I have 5 self-published poetry books.

They are a mix of erotic lust, romance, and pain. The wordplay is steamy, heartfelt, and fun. My approach to writing these books consists of how a certain word conveyed my meaning, emotion, or experience of it. I write from male and female perspectives, which I feel is a great ability to have. I currently publish through Kindle Direct Publishing.

Did you use an editor? If so, who?

No, I edit my own work, currently.

Did you use a book formatter and cover designer?

No book formatter, and I use a Fiverr graphic designer to create my book cover vision.

Did you self-publish or get traditionally published? How did this go for you?

I currently self-publish. I publish with Kindle Direct Publishing.

How do you market your work and promote your brand? (Include links)

I promote my work on a few platforms. One being my own website:

Others include Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Good Reads, Ink Itt, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

What social media and writing platforms would you recommend?

Honestly, I don't get much feedback or sales on any social media platform, yet. I would suggest putting your work on whatever social platform has the biggest following and where readers or individuals are most interested in your material.

Do you use an agent?


Do you use paid advertising? If so, what?

Yes, Facebook, Amazon, and on a Poets Playground online bookstore via Instagram.

Do you have a blog or website?

Yes, ,

What inspires you most to write?

I was born with this talent; I enjoy writing, anything can be a reason to write if I had to say so.

What do you do to help with writer's block?

A dictionary or picture. I sometimes daydream to produce writing material. Or I just simply write my exact feelings.

How do you plan your writing and start?

Not sure that I actually plan my writing, I just know what I want to present to the world.

Is writing your full-time job? If not, what else do you do?

No, I am Entrepreneur and Security guard.

What are you working on at the moment?

I'm creating content for Sociomix as their intern, I am always working on my first romance novel I started in 2016, titled "Sweep Me Off My Feet Omaha" and my Urban short story I started in 2019 "Caesar's Demise ".

What is your target audience?

Poetry lovers, erotic romance readers, and anyone initially interested in my work.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Depends on my level of procrastination, and if I have to stop to focus elsewhere. I honestly don't put a timeframe on the completion of my books.

When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?

At the age of 9.

What is your writing schedule look like?

Schedule, what's that lol. I write whenever.

What does your family think about you writing?

They seem to like it.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Thinking of ways to produce income without working hard physically. Working, spending time with my family and boo, or just relaxing.

Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?

A dictionary, movie, my surroundings, or life.

What do you think makes a good story?

The way it's written, the choice of descriptive words, will I feel like that character? Can it persuade my emotion? Is the title catchy, lastly does it convey a message to carry through life?

Thank you Ena-Alese for the chance to get to know you better and your valuable tips.

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