Danielle Bigsby, a native Nashvillian and self-published author under the Royal 4 Publishing Presents imprint has been a published author since 2015 with her debut of Rivers Of Emotion. Danielle then went on to publish Erotic Yet Exotic roughly a month later. Danielle continued writing ultimately landing a publishing contract with Adore Publications in late 2015, then went on to release Drowning In My Emotions; a revised edition of Rivers Of Emotion with new material. Nasti Desirez (formerly Erotic Yet EExotic was also released under Danielle’s newly acquired pen name, Nasti D. Shortly after, Danielle also penned Deadly Pride: Loyalty Holds No Weight, yet after doing some much needed research she decided that would be the final release under Adore Publications. After several discussions that resulted in irreconcilable differences, Deadly Pride was rejected by Adore Publications and Danielle was released from her contract.
Never being the one to allow others the ability to control her destiny, Danielle self-published the book the very next day. While the book was riddled with errors, it served as a valuable motivator going forward. Patiently waiting to regain the rights over her previous releases, Danielle went on to self-publish the very first of many volumes advocating against gun violence, Hood Love: Ain’t No Loyalty In It. The book released New Year’s Eve 2015 signifying her clean slate in the literary industry. To date Danielle and The Erotic Specialist Nasti D’s available titles include: Braving the Storm: Life’s Cleansing Moments; Hood Love: Ain’t No Loyalty In It; Hood Love 2: The Streets Still Ain’t Loyal; Hood Love 3: Take Heed To The Warnings; Hood Love 4: Warning Before Destruction; Hood Love: Destruction; Hood Love 6: Resurgence; Nasti Desirez; and Desire 2 Be Nasti. Danielle and The Erotic Specialist Nasti D’s literary contributions can be found in: D is for drama/Diva; T is for Trying; and Betrayed By Love, Adored By Lies. Danielle Bigsby has no plans of stopping as she is continually writing and planning for future literary events. Her resurgence time and time again is both empowering and inspirational. It is also further proof that it’s not about how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up!
“Get your story on paper. Don’t worry about grammar, punctuation, or if it even makes sense. Just get it out. You can always revise, rework, and rewrite it later. Also, remain true to you at all times! “
BLAQVERSITY MAGAZINE: How did your journey as an author began?
DANIELLE BIGSBY: I’ve been writing as a coping mechanism since I was a teen at a group home by name of Tennessee Preparatory School. As I transitioned into adulthood I held onto that coping mechanism while also dedicating poems to loved ones for holidays and birthdays. Writing erotic stories was also a way of freeing my inner freak without judgment so I began creating stories around age 13 and it ultimately spawned into my erotic alter ego Nasti D which is another one of my pen names today.
BLAQVERSITY: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue? Who motivated you?
DANIELLE: I never wanted to be an author. My adopted family began looking for the poems I would craft as dedications for holidays and birthdays which ultimately led to my adopted brother, Juan Bell (Butch) insisting that I should write a book. I made it clear that I wasn’t a book and even if did decide to write one, I wouldn’t know where to start. He kept insisting however up until his untimely death in 2014. It was then that I began entertaining the idea of writing a book in his honor. I set out on the path of becoming an author because I finally realized it was his dream for me and on January 16, 2015 that dream became a reality. On that day, Author Danielle Bigsby was born!
BLAQVERSITY: What are some of your favorite authors out right now?
DANIELLE: K’wan; Blacc Topp; Zane; E. N. Joy; Noire; Nikki Turner
BLAQVERSITY: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
DANIELLE: Two of my biggest challenges have been self-promotion and remaining relevant. I often struggle with effective self-promo and over saturating the market at times. I want to expose my brand to new readers but I want to do it in way that both intrigues and entices. Remaining relevant has also been a challenge as I write in different genres. One thing I’ve found helpful with that is knowing my target audience and finding effective ways to present my books to that audience.
BLAQVERSITY: How many books have you written?
DANIELLE: I have penned eleven books to date. (Hood Love: 1-6; Braving the Storm; Deadly Pride – Under Revision; From A Rock to a Diamond- Under Revision; Nasti Desirez; Desire 2 Be Nasti) I have also contributed to three other literary works to date. (T is Trying; D is for drama/Diva; Betrayed By Love, Adored By Lies)
BLAQVERSITY: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
DANIELLE: With the Hood Love volumes, I want to paint the epidemic of gun violence in its rawest form. I want to showcase what families on both sides of the gun go through. I want the readers, especially our youth, to see that gun violence touches the lives of those involved along with loved ones and friends that are connected to them as well. With Braving the Storm, I want them to see that we all go through storms in life. If we learn to dance in the rain meaning see the good in the bad, we can make it out. The sun shines the brightest just after a storm meaning it always gets greater later. Take a look at me and you will see living proof of that very fact! With Nasti Desirez and Desire 2 Be Nasti, I want the readers to see that we all have a naughty side and that is perfectly fine. We should never be ashamed of the thing we like in the bedroom and if we are, then we shouldn’t be doing them. It’s okay to be naughty every now and then, but not everyone deserves to sample your goodies. Protect yourself always!
BLAQVERSITY: Do you have any writing tips/suggestions for any new author who wants to write their book but doesn’t know where to start?
DANIELLE: Get your story on paper. Don’t worry about grammar, punctuation, or if it even makes sense. Just get it out. You can always revise, rework, and rewrite it later. Also, remain true to you at all times!
BLAQVERSITY: Are you currently working on any new book projects? If so, when can we expect them to be released?
DANIELLE: Yes. I am currently working on several with the hopes of having some ready for release before the end of the year.
BLAQVERSITY: What does being an author mean to you?
DANIELLE: Being an author means vividly painting visual through written word. A great author is naturally a great storyteller and just like anything else in life, it takes work.
BLAQVERSITY: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
DANIELLE: I see my brand on a grander scale with Danielle Bigsby, The Erotic Specialist, and Nasti D being household names.
BLAQVERSITY: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
DANIELLE: I have actually been an author full-time on several occasions. Working a 9-5 sometimes takes away from my creativity but being a self-published author costs money meaning I either have other hustles or a 9-5 to fund my career as an author.
BLAQVERSITY: If you could co-author with any author in the world, who would it be and why?
DANIELLE: That’s a hard one but it would be a toss up between K’wan and Zane. K’wan because I feel there is no better storyteller. His novels continue to connect dots even though they aren’t always series and that’s something I would one day love to do with my books. Also he is very good at creating characters you hate to love as well as love to hate. Zane because she’s the author that inspired my love of erotic novels in the first place.
BLAQVERSITY: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author? Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
DANIELLE: My marketing strategies vary across different social media platforms. Sometimes I do book blasts, giveaways, raffles. I have social media presences on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and am working on expanding to YouTube, SnapChat and online stores. I use the synopsis of books and share them in multiple reading groups as well. I am always working to find new ways to promote my brand and books on social media. At times it can be a bit difficult when promoting my books on social media. Knowing the best times and the most effective ways to do it takes a bit of research but it can be done.
BLAQVERSITY: How can readers connect with you and support you?
DANIELLE: Readers can connect with me on Facebook at: facebook.com/R4Presents or facebook.com/danielle.bigsby.92 I can also be reached on Instagram at Instagram.com/Royal4Publishing or Instagram.com/BigsbyDanielle My inbox and DMs are always open as long as they conversation pertains to books and is done at a respectable hour. I am always open to talk with readers about my books as I love feedback. All my books are available on Amazon, Booksamillion.com and through me in paperback as well.
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