Spotlight on Author Kimberla Lawson Roby

New York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 19 novels which include A HOUSE DIVIDEDTHE PERFECT MARRIAGETHE REVEREND’S WIFESECRET OBSESSION, LOVE, HONOR, and BETRAY, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR, A DEEP DARK SECRETTHE BEST OF EVERYTHING, ONE IN A MILLIONSIN NO MORE, LOVE & LIES, CHANGING FACESTHE BEST-KEPT SECRETTOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, A TASTE OF REALITY, IT’S A THIN LINE, CASTING THE FIRST STONE, HERE AND NOW, and her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press.  She has sold more than 2,000,000 copies of her novels, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few, and both BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and CASTING THE FIRST STONE were #1 Blackboard bestsellers for four consecutive months in both 1997 and 2000.  BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the #1 Blackboard Best-selling book for paperback fiction in 1997.

Kimberla is a 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, the recipient of the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the recipient of theBlackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE, the recipient of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, and in 2001, Kimberla was inducted into the Rock Valley College (Rockford, IL) Alumni Hall of Fame.

Each of Kimberla’s novels deal with very real issues, including corruption within the church, drug addiction, gambling addiction, infidelity, social status, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry and jealousy, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental illness, care-giving of a parent, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, and overweight issues to name a few.

Kimberla resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.  Her 20Th novel, THE PRODIGAL SON will be released May 13, 2014.

It is such a pleasure to have you visiting Love Is A Drug, Ink today Kimberla we are excited to know more about you. I have read many of your books and you have paved the way for me and other self published others to write great books with the inspiration of God. We have a few questions to ask and now that you’re here we’ll dig right in!

1.   What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?

My favorite thing about writing is having the great opportunity to write about real-life issues that readers everywhere can relate their own lives to.  I also love being able to meet my readers in person and hearing their feedback about my work.

2.   How do you handle bad reviews?

Years ago, reading bad reviews about my work or about me as a writer was very painful.  But now, I focus on the readers who are kind enough to post very thoughtful words about my stories.  This is what truly keeps me encouraged and motivated.

3.   Where is your favorite place to write?

My favorite place to write tends to change every few years.  Right now, I love to go upstairs to write in my reading room/TV den.

4.   When you write, do you write for a long period of time or do you write in short burst?

When I am writing the first draft, I try to write no less than 10 hours each day until I’m finished.  On a good day, I can write for 12 hours.  Then, once I finish my first draft, I go back and work on rewrites and revisions.

5.   What words of advice would you give to aspiring authors?

My advice to aspiring writers would be to make sure writing is your passion, learn the craft of writing, write your stories straight from the heart, never mimic another writer’s writing style, and learn every single thing you can about the business of publishing and how to promote your work.

6.   What is your favorite time of year?

My favorite time of year is definitely summer.  Autumn is my second favorite.

7.   Where is your favorite place to read?

My favorite places to read are at home and also on airplanes.

8.   What projects do you have planned for the future?

My 20th novel, THE PRODIGAL SON, which is also the 11th title in my Reverend Curtis Black Series, will be released in May 2014.  I also have a novella being released in November 2014 entitled A CHRISTMAS PRAYER.

9.   Coffee or Tea? Tea.

10. Where can we find your books?

My books are available nationwide wherever books are sold (Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, independent bookstores, Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart and other retailers).  You can also order my work online through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Indiebound.org, Walmart.com, itunes.com, etc.   

11.   Where can we find you on social media?  www.facebook.com/kimberlalawsonroby and www.twitter.com/KimberlaLRoby

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Spotlight on Author Dominque Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins is a licensed cosmetologist and married mother of five children who writes short stories to which everyone can relate. In a time where crime is high, morale is low, and drama is everywhere, Dominique writes to encourage her readers and provide them with resources to keep them going and do better. Read real stories about bad parents; jealous neighbors; backstabbing friends; cheating; love; pain; and the ability to inspire change or provide a life lesson. Transferring a decade of emotional support and encouragement from the beauty shop to the pages, these stories are written with biblical messages intermingled for the reader to refer back to or research for more healing on their particular need directly from The Bible.

Dominique believes that we often cannot solve our own problems, but maybe, when they’re put into a story in someone else’s shoes, they can then be seen and solved more easily. She’s written over 15 short stories for you to enjoy. She has received great 5 star reviews for many of her titles, such as Theresa in Wonderland, 7:10, The Bad Parent and Forgiven. Not Forgotten.

 I am pleased to present you with various books, in the Contemporary Christian and Inspirational fiction genre. These books are all written in and around everyday life events. There are sometimes brief sex, violence, or profanity included, but please do not be offended, as they are written with taste. You or someone that you know may identify with these characters or stories. They are all written for you to not only enjoy as you revisit these familiar scenes and activities, but to receive its message. Everyone will not like the story’s message or contents, but please keep in mind, that though you may not like it and it may seem extreme or unreal, please understand that these stories are all inspired by real life events and news reports. So, the book that you have may not be your story, but don’t let that stop you from finding your story. I’ve got plenty of other titles to choose from! The majority of the books are short, so that the message will not be lost while your entertainment need is being met without taking a large portion out of your time. You may question, who authorized me to deliver messages to anyone? The answer is simple. I have no authority by the city, state or government to pass judgement or advice. I am simply a Chicagoan, who has often shared your stories or even lived these lifestyles as well. As an adult, with a past, I’ve been blessed to be able to tap into my inner worth and see the error of these ways and now, I am simply doing what someone did for me: paying it forward. With stories, that I write for you to love! So, enjoy and please leave your review where you got your copy. If you have family or a friend who has not read one of my titles, feel free to suggest one that is possibly geared to the message that THEY need to receive. Remember, you can also pass the message, simply by sharing the book! “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” (James 2:24)

Thank you Dominque Wilkins better known as Dee Double U for hanging out today. I’m glad you’re here, we need more stories like yours everywhere! Now that we know a little bit about you, we’d like to ask some questions so let’s get right to it!

1.   What made you choose to write in the Genre that you write in?

My stories are all real life situations that everyone has experienced in their life at one time or another. I’ve had my storms and in the mist of them, someone encouraged me to get me through. This is what I hope to achieve in my books. To give someone else, what was given to me.

2.   What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?

I absolutely love when someone reads my story and “gets” me! It is the best thing in the world. It is like a teacher listening to a child read after a lesson.

3.   What was the first moment you knew you wanted to write?

I knew that I should write books, because I had always been good at entertaining people with my playful stories, so when I began to hurt and found my heart going out to so many wronged people, I decided to use books to reach them.

4.   How do you handle bad reviews?

Initially it stings, but I do take everything into consideration because I strive to be better at all times. I never respond to a reviewer as a reply to their words, instead I simply try to incorporate that info and take it with me into my next title, if I can.

5.   What book do you recommend everyone should read and why?

That is a difficult question, but the answer is going to be simple. IF having to choose which one of my babies to read, I will suggest 13 Heroes-Your Favorite Bible Stories Today. I believe that this title is very necessary and even people who are not in touch with their faith can enjoy and take something from these stories.

6   Where is your favorite place to write?

I love to write in the park in the summer sun!

7.   When you write, do you write for a long period of time or do you write in short burst?

I write when I can and when I feel it, so that when I am done, I feel comfortable that it is good and the story is sealed with passion.

8.   What words of advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Do not write what everyone else is writing about, write about whatever story that you feel the most passionate about. This will keep you excited and the readers too.

9.   If your book was turned into a movie who would you want to direct it?

Tyler Perry or Oprah

10.   What is your favorite time of year?

Christmas!!!

11.   Where is your favorite place to read?

I would love to read on a hammock under a shady tree.

12.   What is the worse book you have ever read?

This I may have already blocked out! lol

13.   What is your favorite song?

As of today, A Little More Jesus by Erica Campbell.

14.   What is your favorite musical artist?

Shirley Caesar!

15.   What projects do you have planned for the future?

I am the CEO of a business called Authors Promoting Success, that will be launching this month, where we will be offering author mentor-ship to help others build their brand and boost their business in similar genres. They can go to WeAreAps.com when it is officially up and running for info and pricing.

16.   What is your favorite movie?

Fireproof #LOVE IT

17.   What do you hope to say to people with your writing?

Be encouraged. You are not alone. Seek God and talk to Him…thy rod and thy staff will comfort you, when you do!

18.   What do you dislike the most about the publishing world?

Some people make it look so easy and because they do, it invites an influx of people who make it look so bad.

19.   Where do you see yourself in five years?

I pray to have reached a lot of people through my books in some way and prayerfully been able to stabilize my personal life, where I can be active as a mentor to others who need a hug, a smile and an uplifting message.

20.   Do you have an official website?

http://www.AuthorDWilkinsGOODbooks.com

21.   Where can we find you on social media?

Facebook and Twitter

22.   Where can we find your books?

All of my purchase links are available on http://www.AuthorDWilkinsGOODbooks.com

Theresa in Wonderland

Theresa survives a near death experience and is so grateful for life, she puts the incident so far behind her, that she takes herself out of the real world and into wonderland. Suddenly, when the real world comes crashing into wonderland, she is forced to deal with her loved ones dying, lying and hurting her all at once. Too much to take. Will she take it and bounce back or take her life instead?

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