What inspires you to write?
I am fascinated by history and what people can do to others in pursuit of money and power. Also, I am interested in the area of conflict and how the characters in my novels react to different situations and changes.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
To my shame, I knew very little about slavery and wanted to find out more about it. In writing the novels in The James Saga, I not only wanted to educate myself but others to a certain extent about the horrors of slavery and the way such barbaric treatment of human beings can end up destroying them.
Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured to accommodate your writing?
I tend to write in the mornings. For me, my brain feels fresher and more alert at that time. There are other times when I do write at night, but this is usually in short bursts, although not always.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I believe writing is like any other adage in life. The more you do it, the better you become. I think I am a better writer now than when I published my first novel, The Fall of the House of James, over three years ago.
What have you written so far?
I’ve written five novels in The James Saga: The Fall of the House of James, Always A Slave, A Slave’s Vow, Betrayal of Love, and Between Love and War. I’ve also written a prequel to the saga, All That Time Allows. Currently, I am writing two novels, a thriller, The Devil Within, and a contemporary romance, To Sleep With A Stranger.
Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?
My latest book is called Between Love and War. It’s the fifth installment in The James Saga. I don’t want to give too much away, but in the previous novel, ‘Betrayal of Love,’ Jasmine Thomas betrays the man she loves, Lawrence James. Heartbroken, Lawrence swears vengeance. Yet, when Jasmine returns with their son, Thomas, begging for forgiveness, Lawrence has to decide whether he can make peace with her or if he will destroy Jasmine for good. It is all about if the main character, Lawrence, has the strength to rebuild his relationship with the woman he adores and will move on from her error in judgment.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
My favorite character in the entire series has to be Donald Archer. He is a strong, courageous, decent man who has suffered the atrocities of slavery, yet still has the humanity to care for other human beings. Donald is the real hero of The James Saga. A quiet, unassuming man who will do anything for the people that he loves.
Who is your least favorite character and why?
That’s easy – Henry Dean. He is a vile man with no real character whatsoever. Henry oozes his way through life and doesn’t understand how to treat women properly.
Do you listen or talk to your characters?
I always like to have a little chat with my characters. It helps me to understand them. Also, I think that reading out loud is a great way to find out what works for characters and what doesn’t. For example, Belvedere Rossiter is a rather prim character who doesn’t use profanity whereas Millie Lewis is a loud, coarse individual. So, in other words, what Belvedere would use in a sentence, Millie isn’t likely to say.
If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast?
You don’t know how many times I thought about this. A younger version of Matthew McConaughey could play Lawrence James. Jennifer Hudson would be brilliant as Millie Lewis. C. C. H. Pounder would be Grace Powell. I think she is an exceptional actress. Finally, Tommy Lee Jones would play Preston Carmichael. No other reason than he’s Tommy Lee Jones. Awesome in every movie.