In My Fuzzy Neighborhood

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Interview with Sharon C. Cooper

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, is a romance-a-holic – loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of an Emma Award for Romantic Suspense of the Year 2015 (Truth or Consequences), Emma Award – Interracial Romance of the Year 2015 (All You’ll Ever Need), and BRAB (book club) Award -Breakout Author of the Year 2014. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net

Let get to know a little more about Sharon C. Cooper:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

SC: The first four words that come to mind to describe my writing style are: Entertaining. Fun. Passionate. Free-flowing.

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

SC: I do have a writing process.

  • I usually start with identifying the main characters: what they do for a living, what they look like, what their issues are.
  • Then I play around with whatever their issues are and think about possible scenes for the story.
  • I create a character sketch and then I outline the story with my initial scene ideas. Unlike some authors, I would be totally lost without an outline!
  • From the outline, I plow through a first (rough) draft.
  • Once I have a solid first draft, I go back into the story and beef it up some. I go a little deeper and start layering the story with more information and I fill in some blanks.

 FF: Why do you write books?

SC: I write books because I have an active imagination and enjoy telling stories, especially love stories. I also write books because characters and story ideas always pop up in my mind. So writing helps get the characters out of my head. Lol. Usually once I’m in the middle of one story, another story idea manifests, hence, more books.

FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?

SC: I write multi-cultural contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Though I enjoy writing both, romantic suspense is my favorite to read and write.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

SC: I enjoy writing in coffee shops if the place has comfortable seating. Though I do a little people watching while there, the environment stirs my creative juices. But in all honestly, I have learned to write anywhere.

FF: Tell us about your current book.

SeducingBossLady 800x533SC: My latest release is Seducing the Boss Lady, book 5 of my Jenkins Family Series. The heroine, Peyton “PJ” Jenkins runs the family’s construction company. She’s poured her life into the business and has sacrificed her social life. She comes from a very close knit family of nosy, well-meaning individuals. She is 35 years old, divorced for about 5 years now, and has been watching her sister and female cousins fall in love, get married and have babies, one by one. Although she’s extremely happy for her sister and cousins, PJ secretly–or not so secretly– wants to have what they have; to find a man who truly loves her and have a family of her own. The weight of her failed marriage, working nonstop and her loneliness, coupled with all the wedded baby bliss, is starting to take its toll on Peyton.

And in comes Michael Cutter. He’s handsome, has a great personality, charismatic and sexy. However, his initial and subsequent interactions with Peyton are rocky. But Michael manages to charm Peyton into seeing him in a different light and all goes great…until it doesn’t. Lol. Michael has…some challenges in his life that causes some strife in their budding relationship.

Seducing the Boss Lady is a fun story of love, family, trust and forgiveness that I think readers will really enjoy.

Here’s the blurb for the book:

Master electrician, Peyton Jenkins, is tired of being the responsible Jenkins’ girl. She’s ready to hand over the reins of the family business for a chance to live life and find love. However, fear of getting hurt again keeps her from letting down her guard. That is until her world intersects with bad-boy, Michael Cutter. Their sparks ignite a passion that can’t be denied.

Private investigator, Michael Cutter, has no intention of falling for another pretty face, not even someone as beautiful as Peyton. But her smokin’ hot body and sass can’t be ignored. She desires love and commitment, yet the sins of his father continue to haunt Michael, deterring him from pursuing any type of relationship other than a casual fling.

Will their pasts keep them from taking a chance on love? And will love be enough to heal old wounds?

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Though most of my books are a part of a series, they all can be read as standalones.

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

SC: I’m in introvert by nature, so I’m usually pretty nervous before a book signing. I guess trying to relax and remember that I’m amongst readers who enjoy my work would have to be my favorite thing to do before a signing. Once the signing starts and I connect with the readers, I usually forget about my nervousness.

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

SC: Hmm…my first thought is New York, which is one of my favorite places to visit. I wouldn’t mind doing a book signing there, especially if I wasn’t the only author signing (makes me less nervous).

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

SC: I’m pretty simple: drinking water (not spring water) is my favorite.

FF: Are you an early bird or night owl?

SC: Definitely an early bird. My most productive writing time is around 6 in the morning.

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

SC: I’m currently collaborating on a project with two of my best writing friends – Delaney Diamond and Candace Shaw. So they would definitely be on this list.

There are some amazing writers out there and I could fill a page with a list of authors I’d love to collaborate with. Since I’m sure you don’t want a list that long, the first ones to come to mind (besides Delaney and Candace) are: Brenda Jackson, Phyllis Bourne, Maureen Smith, Farrah Rochon, Iris Bolling, Joy Avery, Roxanne St. Claire, Beverly Jenkins, Sheryl Lister, Synithia Williams, Naima Simone, A.C. Arthur, Kaylea Cross, and the list goes on. Lol.

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

SC: Hmm…good question! I have found doing giveaways is a wonderful way of showing appreciation to readers. Giveaways can be autographed books, gift cards, and gift baskets just to name a few.

Also, I would express the importance of interacting with readers. Some of them are super thrilled when one of their favorite authors acknowledges them, whether accepting a FB friend request or giving them a shout out in one of their books. Most times it doesn’t take much. Social media makes it a lot easier to meet your readers and I think authors should do what they can to reach out to readers.

Another way to show appreciation to readers is by attending reader events. There are tons of reader events that go on throughout the year and readers love to rub shoulders with their favorite authors.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

SC: Don’t hold back and embrace new (positive) experiences whenever possible and have fun.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

SC: At the moment, I can’t think of anything that I would change about my life. I have been truly blessed and have a great life.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

SC: My motto for life is – treat people the way I want to be treated. That’s not to say that I always get it right, but I do try to live by this motto.

My motto for my career is – work hard and the rewards will come. And I can honestly say that my writing career has exceeded my expectations and I am truly grateful for the success I have experienced. I would also say giving back to other authors is super important. So many amazing authors played a role in my success and my hope is that I’ve done the same for other authors.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

SC: My favorite scripture is from Proverbs 3:5, 6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”

To learn more about Sharon C. Cooper or to purchase any of her titles, visit her at http://www.sharoncooper.net/

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Author Kathryn Leigh Scott

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Visiting In My Fuzzy Neighborhood is Author/actress Kathryn Leigh Scott. She is the author of Jinxed (2015) and Down and Out in Beverly Heels (2013) the first two mystery novels about amateur sleuth Jinx Fogarty.  Kathryn also wrote nonfiction Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood and the paranormal mystery Dark Passages with an affectionate nod to her stint on Dark Shadows. She has also written the memoir Last Dance at the Savoy: Life, Love and Caring For Someone With Supranucler Palsy (2016) and completed the novel September Girl. She continues to work as an actress  (The Goldbergs and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D).

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Kathryn Leigh Scott:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

KLS: Mysteries and romance: humorous, edgy, fast-paced, surprising

Memoir: candid, probing, insightful, accessible

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

KLS: I begin with “what if?” and write a paragraph in answer; then the work begins! The paragraph becomes a synopsis, a loose outline and eventually a book.

FF: Why do you write books?

KLS: I’m compelled to write and I learn so much I didn’t know I knew.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

KLS: My leather chair and footstool with my laptop on my lap

FF: Tell us about your current book.

KLS: I have just completed SEPTEMBER GIRL, a stand-alone fiction book about a romance rediscovered that I’ve wanted to write for a long time. I’ve also written LAST DANCE AT THE SAVOY: Life, love and Caring For Someone With Supranuclear Palsy, a memoir that is more about life and love than the prime of life disease that claimed my husband.

FF: What prompted you to share this story?

NEW savoy sales graphic blk jpgKLS: LAST DANCE AT THE SAVOY is the book I wished I could read when my husband was diagnosed with this rare brain disease, one of a family of neurological diseases that Robin Williams was also diagnosed with, and for which there is no treatment or cure. I kept a journal while caregiving and that diary provided the template for the book.

 

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

KLS: Take a deep breath and remember to be entertaining and brief!

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

KLS: Honestly, I’ve already held book signings in London, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and too many other great places to properly list. How about Paris? But then I’d require an interpreter.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

KLS: Water, followed closely by wine

FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?

KLS: Early!

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

KLS: Edith Wharton, for Heaven’s sake!

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

KLS: Assume their appreciation of language! The joy of reading is finding precise, expressive use of language to convey ideas and emotions . . . and if the perfect word choice is not widely known, I’ll use it anyway. Again, thank you Edith Wharton, PD James, Julian Barnes, etc. etc.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

KLS: Leap in! Have confidence in yourself.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

KLS: I’d be younger and know all I know now.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

KLS: If not now, when?

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

KLS: Love thy neighbor . . .

FF: Thanks for the interview.

KLS: Thanks for having me.

To learn more about Kathryn Leigh Scott and to purchase any of her titles, visit her at http://www.kathrynleighscott.com/

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood

In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Author Susan M. Boyer

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood today is author Susan M. Boyer. Susan is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Lowcountry Boneyard, the third Liz Talbot mystery, was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick and is nominated for several awards. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels. She lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Susan M. Boyer:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

SB: Fast-paced, Southern, humorous, first-person.

FF; Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

SB: The first stage is daydreaming, coming up with a crime. Then I write it out in detail—who did what to who, from the villain’s point of view. Next I outline how my detective will solve the case. The first draft comes next, but every day I read and edit what I wrote the day before, so by the time I’m finished, I’ve already edited it once. Typically I let it rest—step away for a few days, then dive back in with another round of edits. Then I print it out and edit again. Things always look different on paper. Once I’m reasonably happy with it, if time permits, I’ll send it to a beta reader. I comb through her notes for things I missed and make any changes that resonate with me. Then it goes to my editor.

FF: Why do you write books?

SB: I love creating stories. I’m a life-long book-lover. Writing my own is my dream job.

FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?

SB: I write mysteries, and I would have to say that’s my favorite, though I read very eclectically. I also love Southern fiction, women’s fiction, mainstream fiction, romance, and some paranormal fiction.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

SB: The beach, in a one-bedroom oceanfront condo, close enough to Charleston that I can make day trips in for research.

FF: Tell us about Lowcountry Book Club and Liz Talbot.

SB: Well, Liz Talbot is a private investigator, licensed by the state of South Carolina. She lives on the island of Stella Maris, just north of Isle of Palms, near Charleston. Many of her cases take her into Charleston.

Lowcountry Book Club FINALIn Lowcountry Book Club, she and her partner are hired by a prestigious Charleston law firm to find out who pushed Shelby Poinsett out of her second-floor library French doors into the brick courtyard of her Tradd Street home. Poor Shelby died of head injuries, and her husband was arrested for her murder, though he maintains his innocence. Jury selection starts in two weeks, so Liz and Nate are playing against the clock.

 

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing? 

SB: Honestly, most of the time I’m traveling, so I’m focused on getting there half an hour early and just having fun meeting readers. I don’t really have any pre-signing rituals, though I do have a particular blue pen I like to use.

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

SB: All of them. I wish I had time and the resources to go everywhere. I can’t think of a specific city I’d most like to visit for a signing other than to say I most enjoy going places where I can meet readers in person who I’ve only previously met through email, social media, or by virtue of the fact that they’ve read my books.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

SB: I drink a lot of peach iced tea. And I share Liz’s love for Cheerwine (a cherry flavored soft drink). If it’s after five, I love a glass of pinot noir. And champagne—I can usually think of a reason to drink champagne.

FF: Are you an early bird or night owl?

SB: I’m such a night owl. I’m trying so hard to convert myself to an early bird because it would fit the rest of my life better. But it’s just not in my nature. I like to stay up late reading, then get my eight hours in.

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

SB: Honestly, I can’t see myself ever collaborating on a book. Writing is too personal of an experience for me. That said, I do enjoy contributing to the occasional anthology or cookbook.

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

SB: This is hard because most of the authors I know—myself included—appreciate their readers so much and do everything they know to do to let readers know that. The best way I know is to be as accessible as I possibly can through my website, email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. and to respond as promptly as possible when a reader reaches out. That said, my sister and I had this conversation recently. She’s an avid reader, but wants nothing to do with social media, and would never dream of contacting an author. I said to her that she was the reader authors needed to figure out how to reach. Her response to me was this: “I don’t want to be reached. I want to browse books, choose the ones I want, read them, and go on about my business. I don’t want to have a relationship with the authors I read except through their books.” And I believe there are many readers who feel that way. Not all of them, of course.

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

SB: Stick with that English major. Start writing earlier. Don’t take the detour for the steady paycheck.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

SB: If I could have a few more hours every day, that would be great. I could relax and smell the roses a little more. Seriously, I’m really happy with my life.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

SB: I don’t think I have a motto per se. I have a list of things I try to follow, I guess. The usual things—be kind, treat others the way you’d like to be treated. If you can’t say something nice, keep quiet.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

SB: One of many favorites is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

FF: Thanks for the interview.

SB: Thanks so much for having me!

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood: Author E.N. Joy

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In my fuzzy neighborhood today is BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy and writer behind the five book series, “New Day Divas,” the three book series, “Still Divas,” the three book series, “Always Divas,” and the three book series, “Forever Divas,” which have been coined “Soap Operas in Print.” She is an Essence Magazine Bestselling Author who wrote secular books under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY. An All Night Man, an anthology she wrote with New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson, earned the Borders bestselling African American romance award. And her Urban Fiction title, Dollar Bill (Triple Crown Publication), appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese.

After thirteen years of being a paralegal in the insurance industry, E. N. Joy divorced her career and married her mistress and her passion; writing. In 2000, she formed her own publishing company where she published her books until landing a book deal with a major publisher. This award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio as well as cities across the country.

Her children’s book titled The Secret Olivia Told Me, written under the name N. Joy, received a Coretta Scott King Honor from the American Library Association. The book was also acquired by Scholastic Books and has sold almost 100,000 copies. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops E. N. Joy instructs in schools nationwide.

E. N. Joy was the acquisitions editor for the Urban Christian imprint for ten years. In addition, she is the artistic developer for a young girl group named DJHK Gurls. She pens original songs, drama skits and monologues for the group that deal with messages that affect today’s youth, such as bullying

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Author E. N. Joy
FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?
ENJ: Soap Operas in Print
FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain. 
ENJ:  I have a ghostwriter; the Holy Ghost. So typically I’ll just go sit down in front of my computer and begin taking dictation. As a very creative person, I like to work on a schedule, I like to be organized, and I like for both my mind and working environment to be clutter free. Clutter blocks my creativity; it slows the flow. Clutter stifles my creative thoughts and the process itself. But can I work in a junkyard if need be? Absolutely!
As a creative person, life happens, so I’m always prepared to write anywhere, under any circumstance and condition. But my preference is for those circumstances and conditions to be conducive to what allows me to be most creative.
I’ve missed my flight before and wrote chapters of a book in the airport. I’ve even written content while stuck in standstill traffic. I’ll often send myself a voicemail message in my character’s voice of what they want to say or do. Trust and believe that I can and will get my story out by any means necessary, but I prefer a space where it’s just me, myself, my characters, and my ghostwriter.
FF: Why do you write books?
ENJ: I always say that the greatest “Ah Ha!” moment a person could ever have is when their life begins to make sense. At first I used to write books to become a famous author, but now I write books to make God famous. My life began to make sense when I realized not only why I write books, but why God wanted me to write books. Writing the books is a ministry. Selling the books is a business. My ministry is delivering God’s message through the written word in the form of literary entertainment in order to point the world in the direction of the Kingdom. So I went from focusing on being a bestselling author to being a BLESSEDselling author. I went from focusing on one million copies sold to one million souls saved. I went from focusing on selling out of books after every literary event to my readers being sold out on Christ after reading every book. That is why I write.
FF: What genre do you write in? Which genre is your favorite?
ENJ: When I first started writing I wrote poetry, women’s fiction, and erotica under the name Joylynn M. Jossel. I wrote street lit under the name JOY. I now write Christian fiction under the name E. N. Joy (The ‘E’ stands for Everybody and the ‘N’ stands for Needs), and I write children’s and middle grade books under the name N. Joy. I’ve dabbled in some romantic short stories and I’m having an absolute ball with those, but I must say that my favorite is Christian fiction. I absolutely love how God uses me to deliver messages to His people. Keep in mind, the message is always for the messenger first, so I get double-blessed!
FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.
ENJ: The Caribbean is both where I am inspired to write and can spin amazing tales. Give me a nice breeze on the balcony or some sand between my toes and my mind goes to unimaginable places. The sound of the ocean water lapping up against rocks or rolling back from the shore talks to me.
I put the final touches on my book, I Ain’t Me No More, while in the Dominican Republic. I wrote some amazing chapters for You Get What You Pray For while in St. Martin. My family vacation this year will be in the Bahamas (one of the few places that mosquito disease hasn’t struck), so I can’t wait to see what written words will manifest while there. Yes, my family hates when I work on vacation, but ask any author/editor and they will tell you that those manuscripts have a powerful pull. Plus, when you love what you do, you don’t have to take a vacation from your work; you take your work on vacation.
FF: Tell us about your current book. 
ENJ: I have two books that just released. One is part of my romantic shorts and it’s titled The Miserable Wives Club. The Miserable Wives Club is one that the members don’t want anyone to know they belong to . . . especially their husbands!
onesundayatatimefrontMy latest full-length novel is One Sunday at a Time and it’s book two in my “Forever Divas” series.  In this soap opera in print, the main character, Deborah, asks herself, “What does crazy look like?” Let Deborah tell it, it’s the reflection that looks back at her in the mirror. She has a career she loves, two beautiful children and a handsome and successful husband. Her life seems to be the blueprint almost every woman she knows would kill to live. But working full-time, being a full-time mother, full-time wife and a full-time Sunday only Christian seems to be taking its toll on her. With all the scheming and shenanigans Deborah orchestrated to get this lifestyle, she might have to come up with a whole set of new ones to maintain it.
Lynox is Deborah’s husband who she thanks God for putting back into her life after a game of cat and mouse that defies the laws of romance. He feels that all Deborah needs is to let her hair down, maybe make some new friends and live a little. When Deborah agrees and then suspects Lynox of having an affair with the woman that he suggested she form a friendship with, will he live to regret his own advice?
Fun Facts
FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?
ENJ: My favorite thing to do before a book signing is to make sure I have my pack of Red Vines on hand. Twizzlers will serve as a backup if I can’t get my hands on the vines.
FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?
ENJ: New York! I haven’t had a book signing in New York since the Harlem Book Festival back in 2000. Although the majority of my readers are in the South, I have a pretty nice following in the Big Apple as well. I try to turn my out of town book events into a family vacation as well, so my family, along with some readers, is urging me to hit New York here in the near future.
FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?
ENJ: I’m crazy about Dr. Pepper. Out of all the diet sodas, Dr. Pepper is the one that tastes the most like the original mix. But if I’m not on my Weight Watchers kick, I go for regular ole Dr. P! I only buy soda for my home about three times a year. If I kept it on hand, I’d drink it every day. I’d rather my fat grams come from something like brownies rather than in liquid form.
FF: Are you an early bird or night owl?
ENJ: I’m both an early bird and a night owl. Sleep is overrated. I’ve got stories to write!!!!! My characters couldn’t care less what time of day or night it is. When they have something to say, they expect me to give power to their voice regardless of the time. Of course that power is in the pen. I do some of my best work at the wee hours in the morning or in the middle of the night, both occasions when the house is pretty much silent and the voices of my characters reign.
FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?
ENJ: I’ve already collaborated with my favorite author in the universe, Brenda Jackson. Back when I wrote secular books we did a book together titled An All Night Man. It earned the Borders Bestselling African American Romance Award. I’m now collaborating with Nikita Lynnette Nichols on our “Angel” series project. Book 1 is titled She’s No Angel.
FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?
ENJ: Acknowledge them. Is it really that hard to take five minutes out of your schedule to like a post or to wish them a happy birthday? Reader appreciation is why I love and admire Brenda Jackson so much. She mastered that early on in her career. I want my readers to form a connection with the characters I write about, but I want my readers to form a relationship with me. That’s why even though I love social media, I still have my good old fashion email address book that I use to send my readers a more personal newsletter. I also see to it that at least two or three times a year I make a physical appearance in order to connect personally with my readers and not just virtually online. Nothing will ever take the place of face-to-face networking and interaction.
Getting Serious
FF: What advice would you give your younger self?
ENJ: “Tomorrow your older self will have to live with the consequences of the choices you make today, so be wise and have peace with every decision made.”
FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?
ENJ: I would change the fact that I stayed in an abusive relationship for seven years. I hated myself while in that relationship. I hated everyone around me, and therefore those closest to me. My firstborn son, being one of them, got the brunt of my hate and anger.  When I wrote the story about my past in my book, I Ain’t Me No More, it was a form of deliverance.
FF: What is your motto for life and career?
ENJ: There is a big difference between doing the best that you can do and doing all that you can do. Do all that you can do to achieve great success in both your family life and career, calculated with your own measuring cup and weighed on your own scale.
FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?
ENJ: “But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus…the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love” Acts 20:24 (NIV).
To learn more about Author E. N. Joy or to purchase any of her titles visits:
Website: http://enjoywrites.com/
Social Media:
Facebook: AuthorENJoy
Twitter: @enjoywrites
Pinterest: @authorENjoy
Instagram: @bestselling_author_enjoy
Periscope:  @Author_E_N_Joy
YoutTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/enjoywrites
In My Fuzzy Neighborhood

Author Rhonda Bowen

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In My Fuzzy Neighborhood is today is author Rhonda Bowen. Rhonda knew she would be a writer as early as eighth grade when she wrote her first novel with a classmate in a dollar notebook. While waiting for the day to come she completed a degree in Communications and spent a few years working in Public Relations and Event Planning. Throughout this time however, her desire to write stayed alive. She eventually completed her first novel, Man Enough for Me, which was released under Kensington Books’ Dafina imprint in February 2011.

Several years and a career switch finds her still writing. She has written several romance novels and her books have been featured in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and LIBRARY JOURNAL. Her latest novel Under My Rules was released March 2016 and is the third book in the City Girls Series. When not writing or teaching Chinese elementary school students, she enjoys sampling foods she can’t pronounce and enjoying the great outdoors.

Visit her online at www.rhondabowen.com , www.facebook.com/RhondaBowenBooks or drop her a note at rhonda.bowen@yahoo.com.

Let’s get to know a little more about Rhonda Bowen:

FF: Can you tell us four words that describe your writing style?

RB: Spontaneous. Inspired. Down-to-earth. Emotional

FF: Do you have a writing process? If yes, briefly explain.

RB: Usually I get an idea for a story. It could be anything from a woman leaving the country days before her wedding to a woman sneaking into a politician’s home and getting arrested (both of these are stories I have written by the way!) Then I go backwards from there, trying to figure out what would motivate a person to do something like that, and what kind of person she would be. From there the story develops in my mind. But I won’t start writing until I have the first scene fully developed. Then I just write as the ideas come. I am not really an outline type of writer. Even when I outline it never ends up the way I planned!

FF: Why do you write books?

RB: I write because I feel that it is what God has called me to do. He has given me this love of words and the ability to put them together and He expects me to use them, so I must. I also write because I can’t not write. It is my therapy and my way of dealing with things in my life. In fact, most of my books have pieces of my life or the lives of people I know woven into them!

FF: What genre do you write in? Why do you believe this genre chose you?

RB: I write African American Christian Fiction, because I am a Christian and I identify as African American. I can only write about being black because that is what I am. And because Christ is the center of my life, it would be very difficult to write something that didn’t have elements of faith in it.

FF: Describe your ideal place of escape to write your books.

RB: The desk in my room with the door closed near a window that opens out to a park or somewhere with sunshine.

FF: Tell us about your current book.

RB: My latest novel is Under My Rules. It is about Portia Wynters, a young woman who has managed to become a successful business owner despite a struggle with an eating disorder. She has finally got her life in a place she is happy with, when Kai enters. He is a picture of chaos in her carefully ordered world and someone she thinks she should avoid. But the attraction between them is undeniable and the more time they spend together the more they learn how good they are for each other. But there are several obstacles that they both have to overcome in order to be together and it makes for an interesting ride.

FF: What is one tip you would give authors on how to show appreciation for their readers?

RB: Be respectful. I once had an author be rude to me on Facebook and I have not read another of her books. Respect is important. Another tip is to answer emails and messages. It is a privilege to have someone take the time to read your work and when they make the extra effort to write you about it, you should show appreciation.

FF: If you could collaborate on a book with any author, who would it be and why?

RB: I don’t know. There are a lot of amazing authors out there. I would be open to working with almost anyone who was serious about the craft and had a great idea for a project.

Fun Facts

FF: What is your favorite thing to do before a book signing?

RB: Chat with my family. They always help me get rid of any nerves.

FF: What city would you love to have a book signing or speaking engagement?

RB: I am from Toronto, so I don’t have many opportunities to do things in States, but I think I would love to do a signing or author event in Atlanta.

FF: What is your favorite drink or beverage?

RB: Root beer

FF: Are you a early bird or night owl?

RB: I now an early bird by force of habit…lol

Getting Serious

FF: What advice would you give your younger self?

RB: Don’t say that. There are so many words I wish I could un-say.

FF: What is one thing you would change about your life?

RB: Nothing. Everything happened to bring me to where I am now, and I am in such a crazy exciting place, that I wouldn’t want to mess up the chance of being here.

FF: What is your motto for life and career?

RB: This year: It’s all about faith.

FF: What is your favorite scripture or quote?

RB: “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” – Isaiah 58:11

under my rules

 

Under My Rules – March 2016

Portia Wynters has finally gotten her life under control and she is not letting anyone take that away from her. Not the financial analysts and their predictions for her company; not her brother and his bad business decisions; not the voices in her head; and definitely not Khai no-last-name, even if he did get rid of her stalker neighbour and is too handsome for his own good. No. She is absolutely never ever dating Khai. At least not again…

There’s not a problem that Khai can’t fix. Except when it involves getting Portia to go out on a second date with him. The beautiful, generous, headcase of a woman is everything he wants. But having her means facing a faith he has spent the better part of his life running from. Khai tries to resist, but it turns out God wants Khai’s heart even more than Khai wants Portia’s. And neither is willing to take no for an answer.

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