ULM: What other books have you written beside Betrayed?
Apart from Betrayed, I have written three other books: On the Edge of Heat (African-American/Urban Fiction – 2011). Jamal (African-American/Erotica – 2012). My Husband’s Wife (African-American/Urban Fiction – 2013).
ULM: When did you first start to write as an author? Why?
I started writing as an author in 2008. I worked at a call center where, at the time, calls were very, very slow. In-between calls I started reading Soulmates Dissipate by Mary B. Morrison. Halfway through, I got a major dose of inspiration and started writing again after stopping for close to ten years.
ULM: What themes can readers find in your novel, Betrayed?
Unconditional family devotion. Love. Lies. Deceit, and of course, betrayal.
ULM: What was it like creating a love triangle between a father and son?
In some of the more dramatic parts, it was tough crating such a taboo love triangle involving father and son. One of the more difficult chapters to write—and still tough to read—is when Billy and William are in the garage together at the end.
ULM: How would you describe your female character, Jennifer Payne?
When Jennifer came to me before I started writing Betrayed, I continually envisioned Jennifer Williams from Basketball Wives. Jennifer Payne is beautiful, sophisticated, strong, and loyal to the man she married until she starts to take notice in his twenty-one-year-old son. She loves William, and their life together, but she can’t resist temptation.
ULM: What boundaries are pushed and tested inside of Betrayed?
Love, family, and loyalty are the top three boundaries that are pushed to the limit in Betrayed.
ULM: What was it like emotionally to create the story you did in Betrayed?
It was always very creatively dark for me working on Betrayed. I didn’t feel depressed or negative; I felt more like I had a sad, cold—but entertaining—story that would hopefully make some of my readers cry from emotion or at least want to. I can remember visualizing the all black cover to put emphasis on how dark I wanted the book to be.
ULM: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t give up! If writing is your true passion, stick with it even through all the low points you’re going to experience as a writer. If you give up, no one will ever hear what you have to say. Trust and follow your creativity—let it lead; you follow and write, write, write as much as you can.
ULM: Where can readers find you and your work online?
Readers can visit my website: http://www.nickhaskinsbooks.com
Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat – @iamnickhaskins