Hi! Thanks for stopping by for this, Day 7 of the LET ME JUST SAY THIS blog tour with B. Swangin Webster. Webster invited me on her radio show on WLVS last year and we had a great time! After I read her book I just knew I wanted to share it with others, especially women.
This powerful well-written tale of love gone wrong coupled with low self-esteem and Type A business men make this a page-turner.
**Hope you buy a copy of the book today! Why? Once you send proof of purchase, you’ll be entered into a $25 Amazon gift raffle ONLY on SuperBowl Sunday, Feb 7th, 2016. Winner will be announced on Mon, 2/8/16. You must email me at noveldreams2007 (at) gmail (dot) com, to be entered into this ONE DAY only $25 Amazon gift card raffle! Or, you can send me a tweet with the proof of purchase to: @NoteBkBlogairy. (1st Raffle!)
[If you want to check out the other stops on the tour, click here for the lineup.]
Without further ado, here is my interview with the author.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a mother, grandmother (Nina) and author. I am a shoe addict and love reading. I have over 300 books that I have read at least twice, three times if I really liked it and I love to cook.
Where can readers find you?
Geez, where to begin. I’m all over social media. If you type in B. Swangin Webster into your Google search, you will find me. I’m the only one but to help you out, I’m on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/AuthorB.SwanginWebster/?ref=hl I am on Twitter; https://twitter.com/BSwanginWebster and https://twitter.com/webswanginshow Those are the two main ones that I use. Follow me and I will make sure to follow you back.
Where can readers purchase your book?
Barnes and Noble; http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/b+swangin+webster?_requestid=167886
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes, I had a high school assignment and thought here is my chance to write a great story. Bad thing was it was only supposed to be one page. Mine was 8 pages and the teacher was NOT impressed. She loved the writing but failed the paper because “I didn’t follow directions.” But at the bottom she told me I had a great narrative and should finish the book and I did. But the book didn’t get published until now. More than 20+ years AFTER the initial paper was written.
What inspires you to write? And, why?
I don’t think I could live if I couldn’t write. It’s an obsession. Some people smoke, I write. Same thing…if I stop writing, I’ll probably gain 50 pounds! SO I have to keep writing.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
E. Lynn Harris was a big influence. He wrote about things that people didn’t want to talk about. He wrote about things that people didn’t want to see in the main stream but the public loved it! And I figured I should be able to do.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
The most challenging this about writing for me; is not to let other characters take over. I have a really bad habit of writing one book when in walks someone from someplace else that says, “Look can you hurry up, you need to write my story.” Who am I to not do that? So as soon as there is a break or my ‘current’ character goes on vacation, I call up the new character and begin their story.
How did you come up with the title?
The title is something I always say and one day at my ‘regular’ job; I said it and the secretary said, “if you ever write a book, that has GOT to be the name.” Thanks Crystal Hall for that.
Can you tell us about your main character?
My main character is Cheryl. A woman who suffers from low self-worth who marries a man that was knight in shining armor until he took the armor off and she found out that he was the devil on earth. She allows her ‘dreams’ of happily ever after to take over her ability to leave behind what is NOT good for her.
How did you develop your plot and characters?
Honestly I didn’t really develop the characters or plot. They kind of grew organically. I sat down and just started writing and the story merged from that.
What do you look for in a cover?
I want the book cover to tell the story but not the main story. I want it to give a glimpse into what the story ‘could’ be about.
What genre of books do you read, or do you stick with the genre you write in?
I read everything from cozy mysteries to dark thrillers. I never want to be a one trick pony! Now remember this is only my opinion. If I only read what I write, my craft would suffer. But you can’t limit yourself in your writing because main stream is not limited in what they are reading; why should I limit myself in my writing.
Are you a pantser or plotter?
PANSTER all the way. I tried doing an outline once and I swear I was pulling out my hair trying to keep it on the line that I had created. When I just ‘free’ write, the story grows into itself and then I go back and fix what is needed when I’m done.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I don’t HAVE to travel but I LOVE to travel. I will travel where ever a reader of mine wants me to. I have been to at least six cities while promoting my novels and can’t wait to travel more.
Have you ever considered anyone a mentor?
Yes, my mentor was E. Lynn Harris. I my book was first published; I wrote him an email and he answered it. I still have it to this day. The best thing he told me was , “Congrats and welcome to my world. You have been given the most precious gift and you should make sure to always use that gift. No matter what someone tells you; it is your gift.” And he gave me his phone number and we chatted for about three months, every Saturday morning. When I found out that he had died, it crushed me! I couldn’t function because it was like I had lost a best friend, even though we never met; we became friends via phone.
What projects can we expect from you in the future?
Currently I am working on a romanc and a mystery. I love both of them and during the recent “Jonas” snowstorm, I began writing a book about an unconventional relationship. I am loving the way it is turning out.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I WILL be a full time writer. Playing with my grandchildren and buying shoes! I will also have a full time radio show! Yep; that’s the plan.
How do you deal with rejection letters?
I neatly place them by date of rejection into a 3 ring binder and every time I get another sale; I look at them and smile. You know the saying…revenge is best served cold…or something like that.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?
The best tools available are going to conferences. It amazes me the number of authors that don’t go to these conferences. They think that we just sit home and churn out books. Just like dentists, lawyers and doctors have to continue their education by staying on top of the latest technology; so do authors. We are doing ourselves a dis-service by sitting behind a computer and not getting out there and meeting the authors that are doing it well. You can learn a lot from a NY Times best seller but you won’t learn it if you never go out to meet them.
Your writing space: Neat, or messy?
My space is neat. I have turned a small closet; into a cute little reading/writing space. So it has to stay neat or something might get lost.
She’s awesome, isn’t she? Spunk, personality and a soulful engaging writer!
Now, for a great treat. The Second Raffle: The author is giving away 5 copies of her book, and a $20 Amazon gift card just for visiting and checking out this interview today. That’s what the rafflecopter giveaway below is for! So, go ahead and enter! (Please note: There is no purchase necessary for the raffle below.)