I’m so excited because it’s already Wednesday, which means another round of What to Read Wednesday and the chance to learn about another wonderful author and their latest release.
Let’s get started! Welcome to What to Read Wednesday Angeline Tell us about yourself in 6 sentence.
Thanks Christine. I’m very excited to visit your part of cyberspace. So you want to know a few things about me. Well, I’m a new multicultural romance author that loves the 3 ‘F’s (My family, My friends and My fans). I’m grateful for my close relationship with my mother even when she lives so far away. After a decadent February, where I had a love affair with Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate and red velvet cupcakes, I’m back in the gym. My trainer’s nickname is Demon Spawn. And the little kid in me just downloaded the Black Panther comic series to my Kindle Fire (you can thank my cousins Mike and Khalid for that).
LOL, love what you named your trainer, but I think I love the idea of velvet cupcakes more. :) If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Grace Under Pressure: A Spiritual Autobiography
Let’s imagine you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
This time of year it would be Spain so I could experience the Cadiz carnival. The Cadiz carnival is known throughout the world as a huge street party. It’s eleven days of non-stop fun, originality and, more than anything else, mass participation. The whole city is transformed, the streets are filled with people intent on having a good time and making sure everyone else has a good time, singing, and enjoying themselves. I think by the time you post our conversation, it will have ended but Spain would be the place for me.
Spain is on my list too. I worked with someone who grew up there and loved hearing his stories. What genre (s) do you write?
African American Contemporary Romance.
What is a typical writing day for you?
I love to write in the mornings before I go to work at the university and at night after dinner. I try to write, plot, and revise everyday.
Caresse Aldana is chosen to persuade Psyche’s dangerously handsome editor-in-chief, Graham Sheridan, to feature an article on the Mason Community Center. She tells herself it’s just business.
She thought her heart wasn’t in jeopardy, but she clearly underestimated Graham’s charm, and his determination to win her heart. As their passion intensifies, disturbing mishaps at the Center place Caresse’s life in danger.
The highly anticipated Mason Ball fundraiser is in peril. Can Graham decipher the evidence, finger the culprits, and save Caresse before it’s too late?
Sounds action packed Angeline! And your cover is amazing! Now let’s play LUCKY SEVEN….Pick seven words to describe your book.
Family, Trust, Community, Love, Betrayal, Friendship, Passion
What inspired you to write this story?
I was inspired by the wonderful volunteers that work every day with our youth in community and after-school care centers. The generosity of spirit is so contagious and the youth benefits greatly from their efforts. When I sat and talked to a few people one person’s comment stayed with me. She said she helped the kids at the center because focusing on her lack of a love life wasn’t going to bring her joy. It made me wonder what a volunteer would do if love entered the one place you hoped would hide you.
Love that :) What is your favorite part about writing?
Creating new characters is the best part.
Your least favorite part?
Trying to write when my muse is on vacation.
Please share an excerpt of your book!
God, please change the subject, Caresse prayed when she saw the driver in front of her adjust his side rear mirror for a better view. He reminded her of the big, greasy guys that painted their upper torsos the color of their favorite team and tailgated in stadium parking lots. When he caught sight of her looking in his direction, he rubbed his fingers briefly over his lips and greeted her with a wolf-like smile.
Her neck tightened and bile churned her stomach. “Sicko,” she whispered into her Bluetooth when she returned to her sedan’s cabin and refastened her seatbelt.
“Yup, he is,” Yvette stated matter-of-factly. “And the only thing sickos understand is indignation. You need to give him a good New Jersey visual clue!”
“I’m a mother of two young daughters. I can’t go flipping people off, Vet.” Her mind raced with a hundred reasons to avoid aggravating anyone over something minor.
“The hell you can’t! A license to drive doesn’t mean you can leer at people and make them uncomfortable. I say keep your eyes on the road, Bucko!”
“I can’t let him tick me off.”
“Why not? Oh, is this the return of the woman that lets men walk all over her just because they can? I guess next you’ll be telling me it’s your fault he’s staring at you. How you shouldn’t have worn that outfit or—”
“Enough.” Yvette treaded on a very raw nerve. Yes, she had a past riddled with compliancy and peacemaking, but she was different now.
“Or what? You’ll start telling me some sob story about how his boorish mother deprived him from going to the prom with his pretty high school sweetheart. And now he only feels comfortable leering at attractive women from the mirrors of his car?”
“Enough!” she exploded. Leave it alone already, Vet. She breathed through clenched teeth. Without success, she willed her mind to stop mental images from the past racing into view. “I’m not that woman.”
“No? The truth is every time a man intimidates you, you revert back to the way you were with Keith—totally lacking in assertiveness.”
Caresse struggled to place the CD in her car stereo as Yvette’s biting words affected her. Her hand clumsily activated her windshield wipers. “Don’t dredge up the past. I don’t have to prove my self-esteem to you.”
“The hell you don’t!” Yvette confronted wickedly. “I’m beginning to think you need to go back and get a refund from that psychiatrist you use to visit. She turned you into some mealy-mouthed, docile lamb that vaguely resembles a grown woman.”
“You know what? Fuck you, Vet!”
She flipped the driver in front of her the bird with both hands. “And you, too!”
She unleashed a whirlwind of expletive-punctuated insults that would have made her mother gasp and clutch the pearls she wore around her neck. It was so rapid and explosive Yvette didn’t have a chance to interject a sound.
Caresse hated cursing, but when she was backed into an emotional corner, it was inevitable–she would go off like Mount Vesuvius. She wasn’t sure if living in New Jersey gave her a short fuse or if her constant skirmishes with inner demons did, but cursing out an annoying friend was exactly what her nerves needed.
At that moment, the eyes of driver in front of her widened in surprise, then narrowed ominously. He turned and gave her a penetrating glare over his shoulder. Caresse suddenly stopped and tried to pull air into her halted lungs.
The look on his face was unmistakable. He was pissed.
“Oh God!” she whispered as her shaded eyes darted around, hoping someone would help her if need be.
“So what, you cursed me out, big deal.” Yvette laughed into Caresse’s Bluetooth. “It felt good, huh? If you ask me, it’s about time. You know, all that consideration stuff you serve up gets on my last nerves.”
The angry driver in front of her kicked his door open with his foot, and he lifted his linebacker body out of the car in one quick motion. Part of her was in awe that a small Honda Civic could hold such a burly guy. The other wondered if he was capable of tossing her car and all its contents in the river beside them.
“Who’s coming? The guy in front of you?”
“Now what, Einstein?”
“Hell, if I know,” Yvette mumbled.
Caresse locked her car doors and glanced around as the traffic started to move around her. Oh God! Oh God! His measured steps brought him closer to her vehicle. Do something! Do something now!
Loved the dialogue…great snippet! What is the most difficult for you to write: characters, conflict or emotion?
None of those, actually. I have difficulty ending the story. My brain already knows the rest of the hero and heroine’s path, so it’s hard to keep it contained until the next book. I guess that’s why series writing is so much fun for me.
Do you have a writing quirk, something that must be close at hand when you’re writing…such as a certain song playing, a particular snack within your reach or a certain pair of lucky socks warming your feet?
Okay, don’t laugh but I do my best writing in my lucky red Rutgers University pajama pants and my ‘Careful, you could end up in my novel’ tee shirt. I like my connection to the university and the support I get from the people there.
I want one of those tees! What are you working on now…and no I don’t mean laundry or dishes, I mean a current WIP?
:) South Beach is book two in the Sheridan series and it’s been a blast to write. Laila Sheridan and her old college girlfriends, Dr. Sofìa Vega and Marina Carter gave me a run for my money but the story of their vacation ended nicely. Now I’m busy in the revision mode.
What 5 writing tips would you like to share with other authors or prospective authors with us today?
Write the novel that’s inside of you, not what’s hot or popular (Trust your voice). Believe your fans are there when it seems like your large fan mail and marginal book sales numbers don’t match up. Have a network of fellow authors that supports you in good and bad times. Work as hard as your publishing company to market yourself. And appreciate your readers for letting you entertain them.
Great advice! And finally Angeline, where can we find you and your book?
You can find me at http://www.angelinembishop.com,
Thank you so much for joining me today Angeline! Much success to your book and your writing career :)