On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Carlos Allende, author of the novel, Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love. Carlos is is a media psychology scholar and a writer of fiction. He has written two previous novels: Cuadrillas y Contradanzas, a historical melodrama set during the War of Reform, in Mexico, and Love, or the Witches of Windward Circle, a horror farce set in Venice, California. He teaches in the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension and lives in Santa Monica with his husband.
During the conversation, Carlos opens up about the childhood nightmare that inspired Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love. Plus he discusses how he overcame more than 100 rejections to finally get this book in the world, his two biggest regrets in his writing career, and how he uses empathy to get people to reflect on the bad behavior of his characters and themselves.