Please help me welcome author Beverly Jenkins to the blog today 🙂 She’s graciously agreed to sit down and let me interview her. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her and I think you will too. Afterward, check out her latest release For Your Love, and don’t forget to enter her wonderful giveaway. The link is at the end of the post.
1. Describe yourself in 5 words.
Black. Female. Writer. Reader. Episcopalian.
2. What did you have for breakfast?
Coffee. Cheerios with bananas.
3. What’s the last book you’ve read?
Grim Shadows – Jenn Bennett
4. What genre (s) do you write?
Historical Romance. Women’s Fiction. Romantic Suspense. YA Historical.
5. Why did you choose that particular genre?
I love playing in all the sandboxes.
6. What’s your favorite part about starting a new book?
The world of possibilities the blank screen offers.
7. Let’s play LUCKY SEVEN…choose 7 words that describe your book.
Emotional. Poignant. Hilarious. Moving. Tender. Closure. Wow.
8. Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes…and yes, you can quote her.
Trent July is a good father, a great man and not too shabby in the bedroom.
9. Share the first sentence from your book. Now the last.
10. What’s the best part about the writing process for you? Now the worst?
Best – Having the characters take me places that weren’t in the script. Worst. The final and oh so grueling week of deadline.
11. How did you choose your character’s names?
For my historicals I sometimes use the Bible. For my contemporaries my main source – names on the jerseys of NFL players. J
12. What’s the best advice you were given on your road to publication?
Best advice: No matter how high you climb – keep your feet on the ground.
13. Did anything surprise you about the publishing process?
Surprising was how long it takes a book to go from my final draft to the store shelves.
14. Would you give us a sneak peek into what your current WIP is?
WIP. Title is Forbidden. It’s historical. Hero is passing for white and falls in love with a black woman.
For Your Love
Blessings # 6
By: Beverly Jenkins
Releasing April 28th, 2015
NAACP nominee and bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to Henry Adams, Kansas-an unforgettable place that anyone would want to call home-with a story of family, friends, and the powerful forces from our past that can irrevocably shape our future.
Mayor Trent July and his wife Lily are enjoying life as newlyweds and embracing the challenges and joys that come with being adoptive parents to two wonderful boys. But being a father has inevitably forced him to think about his own birth mother. Raised by his grandmother Tamar—and in many ways the good people of Henry Adams—Trent was blessed with a childhood full of love.
But now he can’t help wondering what happened to the scared teenage girl who gave birth to him. And questions that he’s never voiced are now begging to be answered: Who was she? Is she still alive? Why didn’t she want him?
Trent has always believed no good comes from dwelling on the past, especially when you have a loving family, a strong community, and folks who depend on him. But when the past comes to Henry Adams, Trent has no choice but to face it—and the woman who left him behind. The truth will shake his very being and everything he thought he knew about life, love, and the bonds that hold families together…yet can also tear them apart.
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/03/for-your-love-blessings-6-by-beverly.html
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/61529-blessings
Ms. Jenkins is the nation’s premier writer of African American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She has over thirty published novels to date.
She has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards and a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer’s Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation’s largest on-line African-American book club.
She has also been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Vibe Magazine. She has lectured and given talks at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history and was the 2014 featured speaker for the W.W. Law Lecture Series sponsored by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.
Publisher is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for Ten Print Copies of FOR YOUR LOVE by Beverly Jenkins*