Question: Is there a story behind your book A Gateway to Hope?
Only that this book culminates many years of hoping and praying to become a published writer.
Question: What started you on your writing journey?
Always an avid reader, my ninth-grade teacher reluctantly gave me an A on a short story, stating she doubted its originality. Those words were music to my ears. Imagine, an English teacher thought my little story was a professional job.
Question: What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Romances and whodunits. I love to read historical romances set in the regency period. My all-time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Also, romances with a business undertone such as takeovers. As for mysteries, I enjoy those quirky individuals solving crimes without the blood and gore. My favorite detectives are Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot.
Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I loved writing both Neka and James. Although their lifestyles and family life were different, the difficulties they experienced while growing up stunted their personal growth in many ways. Neka’s perpetual optimism contrasted with James’s Machiavellian tendencies.
Question: What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I grew up in a four-family flat and often dreamed of living in a family compound like that of the Kennedys in Hyannis Port.
Question: What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
Sometimes our kitchen resembled a courtroom. If either my sisters or I wanted to have a punishment rescinded, we requested a trial. The prosecuting attorney, mostly my mom, stated her case to the judge, usually my father, and the jury, mainly my older sister and me. My middle sister was often the defendant. We didn’t get many sentences overturned but had lots of fun in the process.
Question: Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
I love reading these scriptures in the Complete Jewish Bible translation: Romans 12:1-2: I exhort you, therefore, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please him; it is the logical “Temple worship” for you. 2 In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the ‘olam hazeh (this world, this age). Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed.
Like how my parents didn’t negotiate with me and my sisters, I don’t believe that God has a good, perfect and acceptable will the way some ministers interpret. God expects total obedience from His children. Period.
Question: When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I am writing two books. A young adult adaptation of my play Pajama Party. And book two in the standalone hope-themed series. No characters from A Gateway to Hope will appear in the next book. If all goes according to my timetable, we’ll publish in March 2016.
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