Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Keisha Bass

Welcome, Keisha! Your book sounds interesting, tell us: Is there a story behind your book Permanent Resident at the Purse Table?
The story behind my debut novel is just me thinking about the girl who never gets asked to dance and what that does to her self-esteem. My main character, Ava, breaks up with someone who was bad for her spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, and promises God she’ll wait on Him to bring her the right man. But when the wrong man shows an interest in her, like her best friend’s fianc√©, that promise and her friendship are tested. Having a poor self-image, can lead you to make bad choices to feel important or noticed. My novel explores this issue and the consequences that follow as a result of those choices.

What started you on your writing journey?
When I was twelve, my mother died of cancer, and as a way of dealing with that loss, I began writing poetry. And all through high school and college, I enjoyed writing papers in English. Then in a college creative writing course, we wrote short stories, and I was hooked.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
This is easy… The television is my biggest distraction. I love reality competition shows, like The Voice and So You Think You Can Dance. Also, I love re-runs of Everybody Loves Raymond and dramas as well, especially crime dramas. So if I need to get something done, I just don’t turn it on. Because to me, the TV is like potato chips, I can’t watch just one. J

What makes you smile?
Kids make me smile and laugh out loud. Whether it’s my students or nieces and nephews, I get the chance to laugh every day. And I love it!!

What is your favorite season of the year?
My favorite season of the year is the summer. I get time to write and relax, and love that fresh start to the school year after a productive, yet restful summer.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
My favorite spiritual theme to write about is that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) We are loved unconditionally and cherished by God. There’s a peace in that, just knowing that God loves me and understands me in spite of my shortcomings and flaws because I am made in His image. Fearfully and wonderfully made.

That's a great choice of themes! Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
I Samuel 16:7b –“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” This scripture is in the very front of my book after the dedication and just reiterates that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and perfect in God’s eyes.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book, Glory’s Calling, is due out November 2015. It takes a closer look into the life of Dr. Glory Moses, the Christian therapist in Permanent Resident at the Purse Table. We see her personal struggles in her marriage as she guides her patients to peace but can’t get to a place of peace herself.

Sounds good. Thanks for joining us, Keisha.

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About Keisha:
Keisha Bass has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in English and holds teaching certificates in English, Speech, and Physical Education. She has been a teacher and coach for fourteen years, and currently teaches middle school physical education and coach girls’ volleyball and softball. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but now resides in Arlington, Texas. Keisha is also Vice President of the DFW Ready Writers, a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member of North Texas Christian Writers.

Permanent Resident at the Purse Table is Keisha’s first novel. She has published non-fiction articles in magazines and two online publications, TheChristianPulse.com and sober24.com. Her article, “Heart Problems”, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.

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Keisha is giving away a copy of Permanent Resident. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Anonymous said...

Congrats on this book! IT sounds like it will be a blessing to many struggling women who are longing for love & acceptance! Blessings!

Lee Carver said...

This is a great interview, Keisha! I bought your book Saturday and look forward to getting into it. Move over at the purse table. A lot of us have been there. I wish you much success with this book, and the next one sounds like a winner, too.

Jackie McNutt said...

Keisha, your book covers a very good topic about low self esteem and the choices we make because of it.
Is there an age group this book is directed at? Is it teen age appropriate?
Thank you

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

sm said...

Keisha, I like your verse from 1 Samuel about the Lord looking at our hearts. Great reminder for us all. Love to win and read your book. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

squiresj said...

Please count me in. Interesting and I'd like to win, read, review and get to know your books.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Nadine C. Keels said...

Congratulations on your debut novel, Keisha! Summer is my favorite season of the year, too. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hello Keisha. I know what you mean about a girl on the sidelines. When we lived in Wyoming the school had dances for the kids on most Fridays. My oldest daughter was a beautiful girl(from momma) but not very outgoing. Her younger sister was very outgoing young girl, so spent most of the night dancing with different boys while her sister sat on the sideline. I felt so sorry for her. But guess was just the difference in personalities. Lori never held back, always ready to talk. Bet this book will be interesting. Of course, she wasn't alone on the sides. Then one time she was asked by her girlfriend to go to a dance at their church. She got to dance a lot with different guys. She was all smiles when she came home. No wall-flowers there. Those boys had been taught good manners. I would love to win your book. Thanks for a chance to win it. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Keisha Bass said...

I love all of your comments. They make me smile and feel connected to my readers/potential readers because we all get the message of the book. I believe it is age appropriate. In fact, I'll be reading it with a group of 8th grade girls that I mentor at my school. I truly appreciate you all taking the time to congratulate me and hope you enjoy the book (even if you don't win it :-)

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