Mischief Island by Daneal Brown Genre: Erotic Romance
“Strengthen relationships with Insane O _ _ _ _ _ S” This ad in the daily newspaper was all it took for two couples to go on a vacation of a lifetime. Time away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday grind can always bring two hearts back to one.” - Whit Lafleur
The McDonald’s and The Lafluer’s seem to have it all -- a loving relationship, a wonderful home and some awesome friends, that is always there for them no matter what. Lauren, the ambitious beauty, worked hard at her job, always bringing work home, trying to be
recognized as more than just a pretty face. Unknowingly she was neglecting her husband Leroy in the bedroom and it began pushing him towards a young beauty at his job.
With Whit working more overtime than he’s ever worked in their twenty plus years of marriage to his loving wife Suzanne the spontaneousness in their sex life was slowly fading away.
With a headline like “Insane O _ _ _ _ _ S,” how could the feisty buxom blonde Suzanne, pass up this opportunity, no matter how tasteless Lauren thought it was, she had to see what it was all about. After an intense morning workout and a regular day at the office, Suzanne and Lauren went to one of their favorite eateries for lunch. Before their food could hit the table Suzanne had already made the call and gave some mysterious woman all of their business. Now all they had to do was convince their husbands.
Join Suzanne and her best friend Lauryn as they pull their husbands into a wild adventure on an island where love reigns supreme, but mischief rules.
The couples let their hair down and find multiple ways to strengthen their relationships with drinking, dancing, romance and oranges?
From the creative mind of Daneal Brown Mischief Island, will display and test friendship, love, and marriage in this spicy novel.
Daneal Brown has been creative all of his life, but he didn’t start focusing his creativity on writing until he began attending high school in Atlanta, GA. His writing started out as poetry, which later became raps. Being a huge rap music fan, Daneal tried his hands at many rap styles, but storytelling became his signature style. His love for storytelling intensified in college when he was a student at Grambling State University.
After graduating and entering the real world, Daneal got away from writing his tales, but his writing was revived after seeing a writing challenge on Facebook. He hopes that his writing takes people into a zone where they lose themselves and rekindle lost emotions. When asked about his writing style, he said it’s out the box, spontaneous, entertaining, and he doesn’t plan on sticking to one genre.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I have always been viewed as the storyteller, the guy that saw something on the block, saw something at an event and when I told someone who wasn’t there they felt as if they were from how vivid my descriptions and things would be. My conversations evoke emotions. I be trying to be serious and people laugh like it’s not what you said it’s how you said it. Mix that with all the phases I've been through in my life from poet to rapper and all that has led me to becoming your favorite writer's favorite writer lmao!
What is something unique/quirky about you?
My personality is like a chilled burst of energy if that makes sense. My outlook on life, the experiences i’ve seen or witnessed and my creativity combined is what some would say is a throwed off individual. But for some reason it’s contagious and can bounce off of everyone in the room if surrounded by the right type of people.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in Louisiana, raised in Hammond, LA and now I reside in Ponchatoula, LA. I was raised in Clarkston and Dekalb county, Georgia my adolescent years and that helped shape how I see the view.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Surrounded by loved ones, wife and kids especially. Try to create something like a script or new book, hopefully someone will finish it and it will be my best work ever. Leaving a mark on the world on my way out.
Who is your hero and why?
I have a lot, but momma is number one for a lot of reasons, mainly for staying down from day one and never leaving or switching up on me.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
More I think of this question, I honestly gotta say I couldn’t be a ruler. When I hear ruler I think of a tyrant, I'm more of a leader. I see myself in the trenches, like leading from within the struggle, the hustle. Whatever I ask to be done, I will do it myself too. This is something that's kind of hard for me to acknowledge i’m already a boss, but i’m trying to learn the part of a boss that knows when to take some pressure off my shoulders and allow others to do what they do.
What are you passionate about these days?
Being creative, the thought of something I can think of can become a business excites me. The fact that, that thought could lead to more businesses and helping me employ others burns inside of me like no ones business. Learning the business side of being a author is a itch I haven’t fully scratched yet either.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Spend time with the family, sports, walk amongst the clouds and adult beverages, lmao.
How to find time to write as a parent?
With rap being a major influence in why I write, I take notes from some of the greats. I allow the story to manifest in my mind before ever sitting down to write so when I do I can get it out fast as possible. I mean that doesn’t always work out that way, but the notepad in my phone is helpful and having google docs on the go helps out as well. My kids help with inspiration to keep going, so it's tough but doable.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Creative, Self-Motivated, Reliable, Leader & Goofball (LOL)
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I honestly feel I've always been a writer, as weird as this may sound but before I ever actually started writing my first novel,I have toyed with writing all kinds and in all forms. If I had to put an age on it, third grade you what eight. So at the age of eight I wrote a lot, never lost the love but allowed outside noise to make me feel some type of way about it I guess so I stopped. And not until I got to college did I really get back in my bag and really start trying to construct actual stories and allow people to read them. But I was writing rhymes as well and again I was still telling stories.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Yes I do.
LOL, You didn’t say what it was.
This is a little tricky though cause I have a few favorites, Friday, Scarface and Harlem Nights. Friday, I saw that movie in the movie theaters I don’t know how many times, so for me it’s the one movie that actually made me keep going back to the movies and watch it over and over again and laugh like it was my first time seeing it. Now this may not be fair to Harlem Nights I was nine and for Scarface cause I was only three when they released.
I’m also a Marvel head, movies like Bourne are all movies I can watch at any time of day, so honestly for me this is really a tough question.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Honestly, both of them. They are so different and the same. Both of my books are Erotica, but hood chicks see Juice Box as a romance / love story and Mischief Island was wrote as a romance / love story with erotic elements. I could see one on Netflix and the other on Hulu or in a theater near you. Juice Box is the classic player falling head over heels for a women storyline with that Daneal Brown twist on it. While Mischief Island minus the sex could be a hallmark summer movie. I actually try to write mintal visuals that play out like a movie in your head.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration for books come from life, and life has allowed me to be close to some married couples who have issues. Some have small issues, some have larger issues and divorce around me has always been like the go to thing when things are not going right. So, I wanted to create a naughty Disneyland type of place for adults to visit and realign themselves with their spouse, loved one, soul mate or what not if they are not actually married. You know people have been together ten years, in my mind they married just as much as I am ya know. But the book was created out of wanting to create a refuge for couples to come together and just leave their problems at home and come back with a refreshed outlook on life. A meme on facebook once said a person who hadn’t had sex in a while will get mad over anything, be screaming why you closed the door to the refrigerator. Why you parked the car in the garage, LMAO! So Mischief Island is the place to come and release that built up pressure, I mean it is a place to get wet.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Expanding on my writing, creating something that’s not in the erotica category so my mom can finally read one of my books. Applying pressure in the Erotica category cause I do enjoy writing erotica, but I don’t want to get stuck in a box. Now if the money say keep writing Erotica, “Momma here goes the key to your new house, you don’t really need to read it. LOL A children’s book me and my daughter can collaborate on and I want to write a Shaft / Equalizer type of book. I want to write a book about one of my homies he’s lived a life that can help the younger generation. Outside of books I want to position myself to help the youth and elderly as well, I want to give back to not just my community but communities like mine across the globe.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
In my head, little ideas here and there, people want a book about one of my characters in Juice Box, Cherry. And I want to touch on all of that for real for real.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Mischief Island?
Mischief Island follows two couples, Lauren and Leroy McDonald and Suzanne and Whit Lafluer. The LaFluers are the OG’s of marriage, been through it all, have had all the ups and downs you can think of and throughout the book you see them dropping jewels on the McDonald’s. The McDonald’s are a younger couple, married less than two years and still kind of shaking off that one year rocky start that people say mostly all couples face.
Lauren is a hard working young black female in corporate America, looking to be known as more than a pretty face, so she allows work to follow her home often. Beta readers start off not liking her, but then she turns into the beautiful butterfly and you can’t help but love her. Watching her transition makes her the star of the book to me. Some others think it’s Suzanne, some beta readers start out not liking her too. Leroy, Lauren’s husband is also a part of corporate America starving for attention from his wife.
Suzanne, is a whole hot mess out chere, but she is the glue of this crew. She keeps things fun and exciting, and her husband Whit is like the elder of the group, usually when he speaks he is saying something positive. He is the silent leader of the pack, something he says impacts each of the other characters lives in more ways than one.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
Again life is my greatest asset, once I got married, my friends changed, people giving me advice switched up, a side of me had to mature. With GOD placing these people in my lives it helped me create the concept of writing about married couples. The thought of people getting married and divorced in less than a year, a little marriage counseling and again just life itself aligning things up. It made it easy for me to become a painter and paint those blank pages with my story. Music also played a part, again life aligning itself, started making me like and hear songs I wouldn’t generally find myself listening to. Take the song Julia Michaels Issues, love that song and it sparked many ideas for me and this story. The characters created themself, thye pop up at the most crazy times. When I'm trying to sleep, when I'm showering, at work, driving to work or wherever. Me and Suzanne made groceries together once, I was so caught up creating her and her characteristics I purchased a can of diced tomatoes with green chillies in it, knowing my wife doesn't like hot food lol. When I allow a story to speak to me the characters tell me who they are.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
Lauren and Leroy’s names were made from people who I was meeting that were having similar names. I have an aunt and uncle named Carl and Carla, then during the time of me writing this book I was meeting more and more married people with names close to something like this. Their names I guess you can say were a bit forced but again they pretty much named themselves. Whit and Suzanne names I have no clue, LaFluer had to come from listening to a lot of Gucci during the time of creating the characters lol.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
The mental vacation that I was able to go on and escape from Covid for a minute or two. Writing Mischief Island allowed me to mentally still vacation while others were still stuck at home. Also creating the characters was fun for this book, it was different from Juice Box. I can look at a lot of people and see some of my characters in them for Mischief Island. Some of the research for the book was fun as well. The conversations that led to lessons I learned from veterans in marriage. The biggest thing I think I truly created was an escape, an actual vacation for others as we wait for the new normal to settle in after COVID.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
For Lauren it's how she was raised to be so independent, it shapes who she is and it's also what drives her the most. Leroy, Lauren is what makes him tick, pleasing her and making her happy motivates him. Suzanne's life experiences is like chasing a high and wanting to always have those feelings motivates her, while like Leroy Whit is motivated by keeping his wife happy. The guys aren’t lost in who they are or anything but the moment I captured of their life is just the part where they are really into creating happy spaces for their wives. This comes from the term happy wife, happy life.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
The title for this book came to me in a dream, unlike Juice Box the name never changed once I had that name I never thought of changing it even when some people showed their dislike for it.
Who designed your book covers?
My writing family has two sides, and one of those sides is Divine Legacy Publishing, the lovely graphic designer name, we call her MO, createdbymoneeka is who did the artwork for Mischief Island.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
That’s like asking would I change anything about one of my kids, no I wouldn’t change anything about either the book or my kids.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
More about naked resorts, more about how to surround yourself with married people when you need advice dealing with marriage.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Never thought about it, I’ma have to get back to you on that one. Maybe we will let my fans chime in on that once they read it.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
The evolution of Lauren, since we are in a state of evolution on so many levels. Finding ways to keep it moving, finding different ways to still sale books, do interviews and etc. is evolving around what Covid has slowed down.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Gotta be Suzanne hell she might get me involved in a three way, lol. Nah but it would be Suzanne though again she is the life of the party, you don’t know what to expect chilling with her.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
A little of both, not based off anyone specifically, but I did draw certain characteristics from some real people.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
Yes as I stated earlier, Suzanne and Lauren both kind of make you dislike them before you realize later that they are really good people that you can’t help but love. And the book is a must read because I wrote it lmao. Nah it has that vibe that can be more than just a delightful read, it has parts that actually learnable moments. It’s like a percentage of the book that is there to help people get closer and during all this time uncertainty in life today we could use more love.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Whatever wine you think smells delicious.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Mischief Island and Juice Box
How long have you been writing?
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Not all at once, one may introduce themselves today and I may not meet another character for a week.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
All kinds, but thankfully to GOD he always put someone in my life that may have a little more understanding about things than I do. It’s nothing like first hand encounters, other than that man google is always a go to.
Do you see writing as a career?
It’s on the pray list, so most definitely.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I read all kinds of stuff, mainly stuff I can look out my window and see examples of it. I love supporting other authors hustling like me trying to get to the next level.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
It doesn't matter, music again is a passion of mine, so music is always good writing. When I'm focused I don’t really hear it no way, everything gets blocked out and all I see is the paper and my words.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
A little of both, I wrote three at once when I began my career and now, I'm following them up at the moment only working on one, but when I started I didn’t have the marketing side to worry about. So, I’m working on at least getting back to doing two at a time.
Pen or type writer or computer?
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
Right decision, I can’t answer that, cause i’m not sure how you are measuring it, but I enjoy it and thats cool with me. I love the art of storytelling, just think it’s raining as i’m writing this but in my book i can make it sunny with a cool breeze.
A day in the life of the author?
I’ll get back to you when i become a full time author, right now my days are split between writing and sales.
Advice they would give new authors?
My advice to new authors is, find you an awesome editor and write, write, write and write some more, but in between writing learn how to market your work and yourself.
Describe your writing style.
A blend of reality, imagination and nasty.
What makes a good story?
Unpredictable storyline, one that makes you not want to put the book down cause you gotta see how it ends.
What are they currently reading?
Until Mischief Island is available I’m only reading text messages and emails.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Still new to this, so i’m not sure yet.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original, I can’t be any other writer but me so I have to give you how i fell or see it.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
What I tell myself daily, write what you feel and not to try and chase a niche.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
The talking parts, trying to actually say things women actually say sometimes can be a little challenging.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Five or six months.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
No I believe in taking a break to gather my thoughts, but that’s probably because of my writing style.
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