What inspired you to write this book?
I read so many books about a woman who has to do so much work to get a man to notice her or to “be worthy”. I wanted to write about a man who had a lot of work to do, who, for reasons only known between those two characters, had a lot to make up for, who wasn’t afraid to do that work to get his woman back.
I also really like banter and drama and conflict, and this book just made me happy. Every fight, every argument, every glare was a reason to make the reconciliation that much more delicious.
What can we expect from you in the future?
More of the same, man! Fun, funny, real Black characters just trying to be out here falling in love and wringing the most out of this life we’ve been given.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Not these, no. NONE of these people will be showing up in any future books.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in A Thin Line?
A Thin Line is about Angie (Evangeline) Blake and Preston Reid, who fell in love as kids and teens, broke up over a super petty reason and then rode that horse for the next two decades.
Since they never really had closure, the tension between them has been tight—and since their best friends are now engaged, they are roped into working together to put on a fun, memorable, romantic event. Without fighting. Which isn’t going to happen.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
Sometimes I get an idea like “I want to write X THING!” and then I start planning. Sometimes I just get tired of what I am reading and know that if I want something different, I have to write it myself. This book was a collision of the two.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
Names come to me first, but I knew I wanted her to have a nickname that most everyone called her and a name she hated, and only ever allowed one person to call her. And I knew that person would grate on her nerves with that.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Well, as I stated I really love drama and conflict. If there’s no conflict, I’m just not interested. This book had lots of issues to write through- high emotion.
Who designed your book covers?
I design my own covers, with help and advice from author Dianne Frost, who’s a graphic designer in real life.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. A Thin Line is perfect. It’s exactly the way I wanted it to come out and if no one else likes it, I love it.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Don’t bow to what you think people want. Don’t sell yourself or your story short. Tell the story that your characters ask you to tell. The whole story, the way you want to tell it.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Hm. Good Q. I have no idea, actually. Preston is super preppy and pretentious at first glance but actually soulful and passionate underneath. Angie is dogged in her loyality to her job, her friends, herself. I really didn’t picture actual folks in my mind. I’m interested in some fancasting ideas!
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Don’t rush it. Let the story unfold. And if you like this book, pick up my others. They’re good.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
The engagement party. It’s when we finally see Preston’s motivations and his metamorphosis into the man Angie needs him to be; We also see those walls that Angie built up begin to crumble. I think this moment is beautiful and satisfying.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Actually probably Jackie and Matt. Matt is a great cook and Jackie just seems so happy and free. I imagine her kind of like Sinclair from Living Single. Just a tall happy gorgeous funny woman whose man loves her to the ends of the earth.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
These people are from my brain, but probably inspired by real or fictional people.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I’ve stopped subscribing to “my characters wanted to do this or that”. I’m just not that precious about it. It’s all in my brain. If the story changes, it changes because I wanted to go in a different direction. I am always in control, but I can turn on a dime.
What did you edit out of this book?
I actually added MORE to this book. The first time I pubbed this I cut out a lot, specifically after a certain point. But that wasn’t the story I wanted to tell and readers didn’t understand the point of the novel. THIS is the story that I wanted to tell.