Genre: African American Romance
Synopsis: Vanessa Jackson is just trying to get her life together. It’s been a year since her marriage ended and her husband left her and their children destitute. If she could just divorce the son-of-a-bitch, the future would be bright, but Warren is fighting the process every step of the way. If she wants a divorce and to move on with her life, she will need an attorney.
Gibson Kincaid is the youngest of four brothers, all attorneys at Kincaid Family Law, operated under the watchful eye of Sylvia, the “Silver Shark” Kincaid. Gibson is the rebel, the one who’s never going to do what Mother wants him to do. Instead of serving the interests of wealthy and high profile Kincaid clients, Gibson prefers to serve the ‘down on their luck’ sector, earning him the nickname “community lawyer.” When Sylvia rejects Vanessa as a client, it’s a lucky break that she—literally—runs into Gibson.
The attraction between them is immediate, smoldering, mutual, and distracting. Vanessa’s just trying to get divorced, not pick up a new man, and certainly not her divorce attorney! Gibson is trying to do right by his new client, but he can’t lie; he wants to help Vanessa get divorced. So, he can have her to himself. But Warren still has a few tricks up his sleeve, and Vanessa is hiding a huge part of her past that she’s not ready for Gibson to know.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is D. L. White. She wants others to share in the joy of writing. Welcome to my blog, D. L.
CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?
DLW: My books are a great escape of sweet heat for a few hours from real life.
CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?
DLW: They come from a variety of places—sometimes an overheard conversation, a song, a movie, or a situation. One of my books was born out of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, and another out of an eavesdropped conversation about a woman’s husband being investigated by the IRS for tax evasion. There are a lot of times I hear something and think…that has to go in a book.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
DLW: Many of the situations my characters find themselves in come from real life. Especially, when someone says, ‘I don’t know if that’s believable.’ Then I tell them, oh, it actually happened, believe it or not. I generally take the base situation and change the circumstances. I use them for inspiration. I don’t take them straight from people’s lives.
CH: Where did you get the idea for the series?
DLW: The only ‘series’ I currently have is the Ruby’s novels. The first came, as I mentioned earlier from the Atlanta Public School Cheating Scandal. As I was listening to reports everyday on my way to work on NPR, my mind started swirling with what if…they were talking about indicting the Superintendent and I just thought, what if someone did something that got them into a world of trouble? Not the Superintendent, but maybe a Principal. What if…she made a mistake, someone found out and now she’s faced with her life falling apart. I was also part of a monthly brunch group of women of different ages from all walks of life and we got along, so well. I wanted to incorporate that sisterhood, give her a little bit of support, and add some conflict, when the friendship begins to stretch and strain through everyone’s life struggles.
The second book in that series is a romance featuring a minor character from the first book. Her life was SUCH a mess and I just wanted her to have a happy ending!
CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then?
DLW: No. I’m not a series writer, so when I put a book to bed, I am done with those people and that world…but I did leave a lot open at the end of Ruby’s, just in case I wanted to write more about them.
CH: Which book in the series was hardest to write?
DLW: The first book. Ruby’s took me four years to write. When I came up with the idea and started writing, I really wasn’t ready to write the book. There was a lot of stumbling, mistakes, quitting and restarting. I finally got tired of feeling like a failure, so I ripped it apart and started over in 2014.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your romantic writing style?
DLW: I like to think I’m a little bit funny, a little sexy, and very real. My characters aren’t billionaires or high society and even those that are well-off have problems that I don’t solve by throwing a bunch of money at them. I like to write stories where a reader can insert themselves and feel like it’s realistic—like it could actually happen.
CH: Since readers say that your characters are relatable and likeable, who was your favorite character to write? Who was the hardest character to write?
DLW: My fave AND the hardest was Maxine Donovan, from Brunch at Ruby’s. She’s not your typical friend/side-kick character. She is materialistic, but not shallow; one of those women, who says what’s on her mind even when she shouldn’t. Her personality wasn’t going to change, but she still had to have a character ARC. I love Maxine, because even though she is a pain in the butt, she loves hard and her love is genuine. She would lay down her life for those who are in her inner circle.
CH: How much of your leading lady is based on you?
DLW: I identify a lot with Renee, the bookstore owner, but none of them are me. I make stuff up on purpose. I do live my life. The last thing I want is to write me or read me in a book.
CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
DLW: I don’t write with a central message, just an entertaining couple of hours, but I always make sure that love wins in the end—any kind of love, whether friendship love, or romantic love.
CH: What type of feedback are you receiving from readers?
DLW: Most of them like my books, I am happy to say! Realistic, sexy, believable, someone even said that they laugh a little at how some of my characters talk. I always have a character willing to hurt feelings to get a point across.
CH: What can we expect next from you?
DLW: More of the same! I’m working on ‘an enemies to lovers romance’ between dueling business owners in a small town, and another book in the Ruby’s world, following up on Renee, Debra and Maxine.
CH: What has been the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?
DLW: Getting to participate in a book signing. It was so much fun to meet readers face-to-face and see people excited to grab a copy of my book.
CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?
DLW: Oh, gosh, I don’t even know. I do LOVE Atlanta Author Tayari Jones. I’d love to just sit and talk writing with her, maybe Bernice L. McFadden, or Terry McMillan—those classic authors that capture black fiction, so well.
CH: How to Find D. L. White:
- L’s Website: www.thesweetescape.net
- L’s Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2sXix6I
- L’s Author Page: http://amzn.to/2tQ7Mjs
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
DLW: You can find all of my books in electronic format on Amazon or in paperback on www.lulu.com.
CH: Any closing remarks?
DLW: Cheryl, Thank you for this interview and for the interest in my books! It’s so appreciated! 🙂
CH: Thank you so much, D. L. White, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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