Born on July 4, 1972, in North Charleston, South Carolina. Kateri grew up between NY and South Carolina. Graduating from the last all Black Boarding Schools in Laurinburg North Carolina. After that, she received a degree in Psychology, and later gave birth to a baby boy. She began writing short stories and poems, and then she decided to pursue writing a novel. When it was finished, she tried to get it published, receiving many rejections since the year 2000. She raised her son and attended Culinary School, where she received a degree in Culinary Arts, and has been a Chef ever since. Eventually she opened up Purple Diamond Caterer and caters events between writing. She eventually signed with True Glory, and put out several books and now has moved on. She is now signed with Mahogany Red Books, and finally feels at home. She is the Author of Demented Minds, Erotic Tales of Love, Lust, and Karma, Jamaica Mi Hungry and Killer Recipes by Kateri. She is due to release Shayla’s Revenge: Secrets of a Heroin Killer.
Q & A with Kateri Young
When did you begin writing?
I began at the age of 8, after my grandmother died. It was a way for me to talk to her privately.
Who is Kateri? Is Kateri your real name?
I am a simple person. I love to cook, take care of my family, and be an all-around rounded person. I am not flashy, shy, and a little introverted. Kateri is actually my middle name. My name is Cherise.
Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
I was born in North Charleston South Carolina. I grew up between New York and South Carolina. I spent the school year in NY and the summer in SC.
Do you have any kids? Are you married?
Yes, I have one son who is twenty. He is my heart and soul. I also have two stepsons that I love dearly. Yes I just got married in May to my heart, backbone, motivation, and soul.
What are your favorite genres and Authors?
I love Crime, Psychological Thrillers, and Poetry. I would have to say Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Joh Grisham to name a few.
When writing how do you come up with ideas for your stories? How do you come up with your characters?
My stories are actually taken from my life, the things I see, and how I have grown as a person. My characters are all me. They represent phases of my life, the things I have been through, the things I felt, and the things I would have done, if I could have gotten away with it. Lol.
What is in the future for Kateri?
To compete on Hell’s Kitchen, write three more cookbooks, finish up ten more novels, make the New York Times bestseller’s list, and grow old gracefully with my family in Las Vegas.
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About The Book
Shayla was your typical child from the affluent neighborhood of Copiague, NY. She just celebrated her 13th birthday and reveled in being a Daddy’s girl. All she wanted was a normal life where she could grow up to be a Psychologist.
Her mother suffers from a sexual addiction that ended up putting Shayla in a place that she should not have been in, just because she looks like her mom. Being the lookout for her mom; her father sneaks in the house, and all hell breaks loose. Hearing his wife have sex with someone else sends him into a rage that would draw Shayla into it. After snapping and killing his wife and lover, he turns his rage unto Shayla, rapes, and makes her clean up the dead bodies. He decides to make her into his sex slave and starts pimping her out to his fellow co-workers.
Shayla’s favorite client falls in love with her and decides that he is going to rescue her and eventually marry her. They formulate a plan and decide to make their escape before her 17th birthday. Shayla does research and they leave for Maryland. Shayla befriends the real estate agent that showed them their dream home and starts to work for her. Not knowing that Amy the agent was blackmailing Greg. Amy blackmails Greg to sell Shayla for fortune. He agrees and concocts a plan to lock Shayla away. He takes Shayla away for a long weekend, and marries her in a fake wedding. They go home to start their new lives together.
Arriving home, Shayla happens upon a man building a huge dog cage in her garage. She questions Greg and finds out that he wants to get her a dog and her puppies. Ecstatic Shayla goes and begins to make dinner for a celebration. Greg calls her to assist him to make sure that the cage was the right size. He locks her in the cage, and out walks Amy. Amy exposes her to Heroin to make her more compliant. Shayla spends the next decade of her life in sex slavery again. Once again, a new man walks into her life and promises to take her away from this. This time he came with a skill that Shayla could use. He teaches Shayla how to kill in a way that could not be traced back to her. They come up with a plan to get rid of Greg and Amy and she escapes eventually, being rescued by a cop. After spending time with Shayla and seeing past her experience, he falls in love with her childlike innocence and inner beauty. Shayla is attracted to him in turn. However, she cannot afford to fall in love just yet; she needs to cleanse her soul. In order for her to do that, she decides that she needs to rid the world of the evil men that had wronged her. Even though Marcus is a good man, Shayla cannot trust another man that she met in that lifestyle. Marcus becomes her victim, knowing that she cannot leave lose ends.
She leaves the state of Maryland and heads back up to New York to exact her revenge on everyone that raped her for money. Arriving at her dad’s house, she surprises him coming home from a long day patrolling the neighborhood for crime, where he is a Captain in the Amityville Police Department. She startles him as he tries to make himself comfortable. He tries to make up with Shayla, but only on one condition. She states that she wants to start up the family business again and to contact the former clients. He agrees believing her lies. When he finds out her true intentions, she makes him a heroin addict and her slave. He contacts all of the old clients and she kills them one by one. Shayla left the best for last. Her father, the one person that was supposed to protect and watch over her.
Carl the cop tries to get Shayla to come back to him, knowing that her trust is at 0%. He relentlessly tries to get her to let him love her. Not knowing of the activities Shayla is doing in New York. He goes back to the house of horrors to try to understand what she has been through, when he happens upon her diary. He then discovers that his love is not the sweet woman that he thought that she was. He learns that she is the one that killed Greg and Amy and went back to New York to get her revenge. His allegiance is now torn, the cop in him tells him that he must turn her in, but his heart is telling him that he must cover up her tracks. After weeks of begging her to come home, he heads out to New York and discovers what she has been up too. Agreeing to dispose of the bodies that she has racked up, they leave and he helps her further heal. He promises to protect her secret. They get married and the Department comes up with a plan to create a taskforce to help save other children that were sold into slavery.
She rescues a brother and sister and with their help, they form a Task Force overseas and rescue plenty of boys and girls, reuniting them with their families. With the help of a local politician, she transforms her home into a rehabilitation center. At her home, she welcomes the families, helps them get back their self-esteem, and works with them so that they can go back out into society.
Shayla eventually learns that the brother and sister are the secret family of Greg. How can she tell them that she was the one that killed him? Or will she ever tell them?
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