Interview with L. Paul Dorsey, Author of Forbidden Inheritance

What can you tell us about your new release, Forbidden Inheritance?

Family dynamics can change quickly when the life of a mother or father is on the line. In Forbidden Inheritance, when Larry Cooper fights for his father’s life, he discovers many things about his family and past that challenge his understanding of who he is.

As a financial advisor, I spend more time with clients helping them understand who they are so they can decide how to best use their money. I’m more of a psychologist than an investment analyst.

A few years ago, after a client received an inheritance, a long lost son appeared. She had given him up for adoption at sixteen. It reminded me of another family who had a boy that didn’t look like the rest of them. For years, they told him he was mixed up at the hospital.

What if something like that happened, but neither were true? It would make a great story. Mix in the requisite family drama, and you might start asking, “Is this about my family?”

What or who inspired you to become an author?

A decade ago I read a quote that went something like, “My biggest concern with middle-age was standing still.”

All my life, I focussed on numbers. Studying math and science in a college-prep all boys high school, my advisor encouraged me to become an engineer. Halfway through college, I realized there was more to life than engineering. Being an NROTC student, I had to graduate in four years so I switched to Math.

Because Math was in Arts and Sciences, they made me take a writing class. My words affected people more than the numbers I worked with. I never forgot that.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

A Separate Peace – John Knowles

1984 – George Orwell

Wall of Silence – Tracy Buchanan

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

When I write, and I can get in a good groove, my subconscious comes out of nowhere and I learn something about myself and my characters

What is a typical day like for you?

As a financial advisor, I help people understand the markets. The only way to do this is to tell stories. I’m the first to admit, I can’t see the future. If anybody tells you where the market will be a year from now, you should run fast. But I teach from experience. As a professional, this is the third major market turndown. I find myself as a psychologist rather than an advisor. So I tell stories to get my point across. Then I come home and write, occasionally.

What scene in Forbidden Inheritance was your favorite to write?

Near the middle of the book the protagonist’s father is stuck in a nursing home and his mother doesn’t want anybody to know. She blackmails his little brother into helping him escape.

I spend a considerable amount of time with clients in nursing homes. They have a different perspective and I learn from them. As I walk around, each one of them wants out… like dogs want out of the kennel.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Put your oar in the water.

When I was in the Navy, I remember complaining to the Executive Officer about something that I didn’t realize I could control.

He was rational. I respected him, still do to this day.

One day when he got tired of hearing me complain he said. “Put your oar in the water.”

It changed my perspective, and I solved the problem.

I thought of him when I enrolled to get my Masters in English and Creative Writing. If I didn’t put my oar in the water, I wasn’t going to get anywhere, let alone write a book.

L. Paul Dorsey is the author of the new book Forbidden Inheritance.

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Interview with Sherilyn Decter, author of Gathering Storm

What can you tell us about your new release, Gathering Storm?

Gathering Storm is not just a story of prohibition in America, it’s a story of womanhood and strength. The feeling one is left with when closing Gathering Storm is one of steely determination and hope. Those who are looking for a female-led historical fiction with a backbone of steel, this book is for you.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I’m reading the latest Jack Reacher thriller- Blue Moon. I find when I’ve finished writing I need something different than my own book to clear my mind. The strong women in my book deal with life’s challenges and drama very differently than the testosterone-fueled Reacher.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Listen to my mother more. She was a fountain of wisdom and wasn’t with me long enough.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

In my garden. No veggies, alas because I have a lot of mature trees that block out full sun, but I do love my fern and hosta gardens, including a Japanese garden with a small pond and moon bridge.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

Watching my grandchildren discover the world. It’s hard to be apart from them… so thank goodness for technology. We video chat and send each other silly pictures all the time.

What scene in Gathering Storm was your favorite to write?

I like the scenes with the tarot card reader, Cassie. Researching the meanings of the cards, finding just the right one to foretell a plot twist, digging deeper into meanings. And the scenes in Gator Joe’s (Edith’s speakeasy). I used to run a bar in a small town and the conversations in Gathering Storm over a beer or glass of whiskey are awfully familiar to those that have spent time in a place like that.

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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | April 28

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Sherilyn Decter, L. Paul Dorsey, Danielle Steel, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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The Buzziest Books of April | 2020

The Buzziest Books of April | 2020

The month of April was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of April. Happy reading!


Walk the Wire

by David Baldacci

Release Date: April 21, 2020

The sixth book in the Memory Man series by New York Times Bestselling Author David Baldacci… Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamieson have been called to London, North Dakota. They instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted many newcomers hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has brought a slew of problems with it… including murder.

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Hidden Valley Road

by Robert Kolker

Release Date: April 7, 2020

A recent Oprah’s Book Club Pick… Don and Mimi Galvin were seemingly living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the AirForce brought them to Colorado, where they had twelve children that perfectly spanned the baby boom. Their oldest was born in 1945 and the youngest in 1965. On the surface, they followed the script for a perfect family but behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden violence, and hidden abuse. Then in the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic.

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The Book of Longings

by Sue Monk Kidd

Release Date: April 21, 2020

The new novel from the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings… Ana was raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee. She is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and daring spirit. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. Everything changes when she has an encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus.

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The Last Emperox

by John Scalzi

Release Date: April 14, 2020

The third and final book in The Interdependency series by New York Times Bestselling Author John Scalzi… The collapse of the interstellar pathway known as The Flow has accelerated. Entire star systems and billions of people are being cut off from the rest of human civilization. This was all foretold through scientific prediction but many still try to rationalize these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known.

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Trouble on Main Street

by Kirsten Fullmer

Release Date: March 24, 2020

The first book in the new Sugar Mountain Series by bestselling author Kirsten Fullmer… The cozy mountain town of Sugar Mountain harbors a secret society of women. The society itself is no secret but the true nature of the group is hush-hush. When a blood-smeared package shows up at the post office and a scheme threatens postmaster, Heidi Collinsworth’s historic home, the Sugar Mountain Ladies Historical Society takes matters into their own hands. Heidi is sure that Mayor Winslow is somehow involved but proof is scarce.

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Forbidden Inheritance

by L. Paul Dorsey

Release Date: April 1, 2020

After he witnesses a tragedy that evokes childhood nightmares, Larry Cooper begins to question his heritage. Maybe he is not who he thinks he is? All families have scars and some are less visible than others… Larry’s father has been haunted by an unspoken past. As his health begins to deteriorate, his mother’s only instinct is to protect her husband and their family’s reputation. What she knows would devastate the people she loves.

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The Best Man

by Winter Renshaw

Release Date: March 10, 2020

I did not know her name, but I heard her laugh, tasted her lips, and felt her skin as I held her. She was my soulmate. Together we watched our children playing in the sand, the warm ocean lapping as the shore behind them. This was our beautiful forever… But then I woke up alone in a hospital room. There was no wife, no kids, and not a single soul waiting for me. That life never existed.

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Arnold Falls

by Charlie Suisman

Release Date: April 1, 2020

If given a choice of go big or go home, nine times out of ten the townspeople of Arnold Falls will go home and forget about the whole thing. Tempests great and small (mostly small) are always brewing in this tiny town where half the residents are fighting to preserve its red-light district heyday, half are up to no good, and another half are sleeping it off… Yes, that math is correct. Spend some time in this oddball village, where larger than life characters deal with the smallest of problems. Somehow it all comes right in the end.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | April 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! April had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors Le Child, Michael Connelly, Lisa Scottoline, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jennifer Weiner, Pierce Brown, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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Our Audiobook Playlist For April | 2020

Our Audiobook Playlist For April | 2020

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in April. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone from mystery, literary fiction, memoir, fantasy, and romance. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


The Boy from the Woods

by Harlan Coben

Thirty years ago a feral boy named Wilde was found in the woods with no memory of his past. To this day he still doesn’t know where he comes from… and another child has gone missing. No one is taking the disappearance of Naomi Pine seriously, except for television criminal attorney, Hester Crimstein. When Hester asks Wilde to use his unique skills to help find her, he can’t ignore an outcast in trouble.

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The Decadent Gift

by Lauren Blakely

The third book in The Gift Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… The rules were pretty simple. It was just one weekend. We would play our roles and I would get the info I needed for a secret work project. Then everything would go back to normal. That is what I proposed to handsome, clever, commanding Jake. That is what he said yes to. But that’s not what happened.

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Fae Captive

by Sarah K. L. Wilson

The second book in the Tangled Fae series by USA Today Bestselling Author Sarah K. Wilson… All Allie Hunter thought she had to do was make an exchange to buy back her father’s life. She was very wrong. Usually when a mortal is wrong about something in the Faeworld is kills them, or mires them in bargains that will suck their life out. Allie is now caught in a cage and the Fae she once tormented is her captor. Can she strike the right bargain to save everything she loves?

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Hell and Other Destinations

by Madeleine Albright

When Madeleine Albright left office as America’s first secretary of state in 2001, reporters asked her how she wished to be remembered. She said she did not want to be remembered. “I am here and have much more I intend to do. As difficult as it might seem, I want every stage of my life to be more exciting than the last.” This memoir reveals this remarkable figure at her bluntest, funniest, most intimate, and most serious.

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The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

by Beth Morrey

The world has changed around seventy-nine-year-old Millicent Carmichael. The librarian is quick to admit she found her role as housewife and mother less than satisfying but Missy led a good life driven by two children, an accomplished husband, and a Classics degree from Cambridge. But now they are all gone and she spends her days sipping sherry, avoiding people, and rattling in her oversized, under-decorated house.

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Big Ben

by Nana Malone

She wasn’t meant to cross my path. She was never meant to know about the Currency of Secrets or the Oaths of Blood. Then like a thief in the night, she stole my soul. I am a member of the Elite and I live by simple tenets. I must be a gentleman above all. Private matters stay private and secrets are never revealed. Enemies and friends are of the same coin.

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Must-Read Literary Fiction Books | April 2020

Must-Read Literary Fiction Books | April 2020

Have you been searching for your next favorite literary fiction novel? Don’t miss our list of must-read literary fiction books from bestselling authors L. Paul Dorsey, Kasie Whitener, Sherilyn Decter, Sheena Howard, Sue Monk Kidd, and Paulette Jiles. Enjoy your new books!


Forbidden Inheritance

by L. Paul Dorsey

After he witnesses a tragedy that evokes childhood nightmares, Larry Cooper begins to question his heritage. Maybe he is not who he thinks he is? All families have scars and some are less visible than others… Larry’s father has been haunted by an unspoken past. As his health begins to deteriorate, his mother’s only instinct is to protect her husband and their family’s reputation. What she knows would devastate the people she loves.

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After December

by Kasie Whitener

Tony killed himself on Monday night. Three thousand miles away. Brian Listo is going home to Virginia. He has returned to eat crow and beg for forgiveness. He wants to explain himself to anyone who will listen. Except for the one person who can no longer hear him. Tony used to always cover for Brian. He would make his most heinous sins seem like minor infractions. But without Tony’s defense, he must learn to apologize.

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Gathering Storm

by Sherilyn Decter

The first book in The Rum Runner’s Chronicles by bestselling author Sherilyn Decter… Florida Coast, 1932. Edith Duffy might be grieving her gangster husband’s death, but she is no damsel in distress. After leaving the bootlegging world of Philadelphia, she settles in a small town outside Miami. When she launches a run-running operation for a speakeasy, indignant locals try to destroy her.

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Nina’s Whisper

by Sheena Howard

“This book promises to haunt, anger, console, and ultimately inspire anyone who opens it.” -Marc Lamont Hill… Nina Chandler knows there is no such thing as perfect love. Even so, love is the one thing that is missing from her almost perfect life. She has worked hard to turn her dreams into reality, but with her twenties almost over, it feels like she slept through the party and woke up to find everyone gone.

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The Book of Longings

by Sue Monk Kidd

The new novel from the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings… Ana was raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee. She is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and daring spirit. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. Everything changes when she has an encounter with eighteen-year0old Jesus.

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Simon the Fiddler

by Paulette Jiles

The new release from the New York Times Bestselling Author of News of the World and Enemy Women… The long and bitter War between the States is winding down. Until now, Simon Boudin has evaded military duties thanks to his slight stature, youthful appearance, and talent for bending the truth. But after a barroom brawl, he finds himself conscripted into the Confederate Army.

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Interview with Kasie Whitener, Author of After December

What can you tell us about your new release, After December?

It’s the final version of the first book I ever wrote. I grew up with these characters. Tony’s suicide is a combination of three deaths that happened when I was in college, only one of which was intentional. I worked with whether to let it be an overdose or make it a suicide and finally chose the latter because there’s a specific kind of grief for the people left behind. So it’s told from Brian’s perspective as he’s working through the earliest days of his grief. The book takes place in just six days, the first six days after Tony died, and the intensity of the experience is surreal. There’s a lot of drinking, a lot of fighting, and some regret and guilt. But there’s also redemption and hope as there must necessarily be when you’re only 22 and you have your whole life ahead of you, as Brian does.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have wanted to be a writer since I can remember. I’d trace it back to seventh grade English class in California, and my teacher, Mrs. Sutherland who I honored by using her last name for After December’s “Kacie” character. I loved all the V.C. Andrews books that were popular in the late 80s. Reading like it was my job and missing my Virginia friends turned into writing my first novel in four spiral notebooks. More recently, my best bud Jodie Cain Smith was publishing her first novel when we met and she pushed and pulled me through the five years it’s taken to bring After December to print.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, Three Two One by JA Huss, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke

All five of those books left me breathless in different ways. They may not be “the best” I’ve ever read, I earned an MA reading classics like Huckleberry Finn and learning from geniuses like Walker Percy and Clive Edgerton. But those five left me breathless and that’s what I want my books to do.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I am the host of a literary talk show. We have a radio show on makethepointradio.com every Saturday at 9 a.m. called Write On SC and we talk about the craft and we talk about South Carolina authors. I’d love to have an author whose books have been made into films, like Cassandra Clare. I’d want to know what that process felt like. I’d also like to have an author who had a book banned, like Nic Stone, and learn what that experience was like. Maybe have someone who’s sold a million copies, like Margaret Atwood, and learn what that was like.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I like hearing the voices in my head. When my characters are telling me their stories, when they’re standing over my shoulder making sure I get it right, I love the high of creating that new thing, getting it down, and trying to get it as accurate as possible. My favorites came out of NaNoWriMo where I was forced to write 2000 words a day on a single project and just got to revel in those characters’ voices and the experiences they were having.

What is a typical day like for you?

I walk every morning at 8 a.m. with my publisher and friend, Alexa. Then I work from 9 until 4 on a variety of projects. If I’m teaching, I have class at scheduled times, otherwise I’m creating new content. Sometimes videos, sometimes blogs, sometimes new work for the upcoming Before Pittsburgh, a follow up to After December. I work six days a week, including Saturday, and writer at least 2000 words a day, though not always on the same project.

What scene in After December was your favorite to write?

I love Friday night with Kacie and Brian at her sister’s house. Kacie is angry with Tony and we get that take on the week’s experience that we haven’t seen yet. The sadness has soaked them all to this point and Friday night, Kacie lets her anger out and it’s refreshing and honest and a little heartbreaking. But it’s also where we see the strength of their bond, Kacie and Brian’s, and start to understand a little bit better how they love each other.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

True to my cheesy teenage roots, my motto comes from a Hillary Duff flick (A Cinderella Story):

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

It’s painted on the wall in my office and reminds me to give it a shot, whatever it is, because failure isn’t fatal.

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Interview with Jude Austin, Author of Homecoming

What can you tell us about your new release, Homecoming?

It picks up where my debut novel, Project Tau, leaves off. While Project Tau focused purely on human rights and the ethics of cloning, Homecoming tackles these issues while also bringing others – mental illness, emotional abuse and eating disorders – into play. Like all my work, it’s also not typical sci-fi; I don’t use AI or robots (explained in-universe) and there are no epic space battles or alien diplomacy/wars. It’s about normal people trying to live normal lives. In the book universe, people are just beginning to create clones (called Projects) who are legally viewed as livestock and usually treated accordingly. Homecoming follows former college freshman Kalin Taylor/Kata who – in the previous book – was illegally imprisoned and gaslighted into believing himself to be a Project and his friend Project Tau after they escape from the scientists’ brutal treatment at GenTech. As Project Tau deals with Kalin’s desperate attempts to win back his freedom, Homecoming deals with his struggles to keep it and to deal with the trauma of everything he was subjected to in the lab, along with Tau’s experiencing the outside world for the first time.

That said, there’s enough background information in Homecoming for it to be read as a standalone novel.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Honestly? Nothing and no one. I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pen. When I was a kid, you could get these huge blocks of post-it notes with a hole in one corner to put a pen in; I used to grab a chunk and use them to write my own “books” as a young child. I sold my first story to a magazine when I was twelve (kind of; they were running a contest to write the next episode of a serial, and I won) and completed the first novel of a sci-fi trilogy when I was 17-18. That one’s still sitting on my PC, along with the other two books. I might dust them off one day, but they need a lot of work doing to them.

Anyway, the simple answer is that I’ve always been writing, and I always am 😉 Little scenes, alternate scenes between characters, AU versions of my own stuff, fanfic, articles – I work as a proofreader and writer for a bilingual travel magazine in Tokyo – and, of course, novels.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Ooh, that’s hard. Let’s see…
1. The Apple and Percival books by Anthony Armstrong.
2. Bosom Friends by Angela Brazil.
3. Christine by Stephen King.
4. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Actually, anything he writes about the Greek gods and demigods is great.
5. The Dorothy Dainty series by Amy Brooks. I know they’re for kids, but they’re a decent length and there’s something so sweet and innocent about them. It’s like detox for my brain.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

If I can pick anyone, it would be Sir Pterry Pratchett. I’ve always loved his work, particularly Discworld, and I would love to know what other books he’d had planned before he passed away.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Everything! I love seeing my characters change and evolve (often in surprising ways) and I love being surprised by where the story goes. I don’t plot out my books – I have a vague idea of how they’re going to end, but this can change several times during the process – and developing worlds. I have files of maps and local flora and fauna of every planet in my books. Sometimes I spend more time world-building than I do actually writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a night owl, so I tend to get up quite late by other people’s standards (9:30-ish). I spend about 30 minutes on my phone, checking emails and gaming, then head downstairs. I have one of those reclining couches, which is wonderful as it lets me sit and write on my laptop for hours without putting any strain on my legs and back. So I stretch out in front of my smart TV, load up a series of something on Hulu or Netfllix or Youtube, and write all day!

What scene in Homecoming was your favorite to write?

Most of them. I had a lot of fun working on this book. If I had to pick just one, it would be any of the scenes between Kata and Alan. It’s the first time in the series where we really start to see the kind of kid Kata used to be before he was kidnapped and dehumanized. His own father isn’t exactly the best parent, he’s always had a difficult relationship with his parents, and so once Alan manages to get past Kata’s barriers, he’s basically the father figure that Kata’s always wanted and becomes the first – and so far only – adult that Kata learns to trust. Pretty good going for a character who wasn’t even slated to appear in the first place!

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

There’s one I learned from my old physics teacher: “You don’t need to know the answer. You just need to be able to think about it.” I didn’t learn a great deal from that school for various reasons, but that lesson has stuck with me all my life.

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Interview with Sheena Howard, Author of Nina’s Whisper

What can you tell us about your new release, Nina’s Whisper?

Nina’s Whisper is a domestic suspense and psychological thriller set in the fictional urban oasis of Sumneytown, Texas. It’s about Nina, a young successful woman who falls in love with Page, an edgy, seductive, free-spirit. The relationship takes Nina on an emotional journey of self-discovery and awareness, in which she learns that she is not as self-assured, confident and assertive as she once was or thought she was. Ultimately, Nina is changed forever.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been a writer as long as I could write. Writing has been the preferred way for me to express my feelings. I think writing is powerful and that there is room for everyone’s story and experience to be told. I try to write stories and experiences that make people uncomfortable and challenge people to think outside themselves.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Alchemist, Mumbo Jumbo, Zami, The Autobiography of Malcolm X and B-Boy Blues

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Carmen Machado. I’d want to ask her what her writing process was for her newest book In The Dream House. I’d also want to know how difficult it was to write about topics such as domestic abuse and how she got thru the fear of writing about such topics.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The finished product. The first time I hold the book in my hands and I am able to see and feel the result of all of my energy and time – it’s a beautiful thing. Accomplishing something you are passionate about feels good every time.

What is a typical day like for you?

During COVID-19, I spend 24-7 with my toddler son. I find fun homeschooling activities for him, we go for walks and I teach him new things. It’s beautiful. If we weren’t in such unprecedented times, I’d be going to my full-time job as a professor most days – teaching, writing and researching and going to my co-working office on other days.

What scene in Nina’s Whisper was your favorite to write?

The scene that is my favorite would involve me giving away too much of the book!

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

My quote is “don’t let your reality limit your imagination” – Sheena C. Howard

Sheena Howard is the author of the new book Nina’s Whisper.

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