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Lashanta Charles was born and raised in the small town of Orangeburg, SC. She has always been an avid reader of all genres, but Urban/ African American Fiction has always been her true love and is what inspired her to pursue a writing career. In high school, she began letting her classmates read the short stories that she would write and based off of their feedback, her passion for writing pushed her to become a published author. Through trial and error, she has developed a unique writing style that she fully embraces. She penned her first official novel, Lovely Lies, in 2013 and is currently working on the sequel.
Currently she lives in Waynesville, MO, with her husband and two children. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English at Drury University and also serving in the US Army. Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling, eating, and of course, writing. Her motto is “strive to excel, not to equal.”
Mariposa Urbana is an upcoming author and often refers to herself as "the mistress of the pen". She has had a passion for writing since she could first pick up a pen and began writing poems and short stories at the age on nine. Once she began to take writing seriously she 'became a new woman' and the persona Mariposa Urbana was born. She chose the pen name Mariposa Urbana because "you can take a butterfly to Paris, Rome, or L.A. but at the end of the day it is still just a butterfly. Its surroundings may change but it never will. Besides being an author, wife and mother Mariposa is also a student in college pursuing an associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies.
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