Tell us about your latest book. Two years later and Lucy has established herself as a resident in Chicago, Illinois. With the help of her sisters, Carol and Mary Lou, Lucy graduates from an associate program earning a degree in Business Administration. Joins her sister’s church and meets Drew Jones at a single ministry event. Will Lucy open her heart to a new relationship? Is she ready for love after two years of therapy? Will Drew win her heart?
Tell us about the journey that led to you writing this book. This book is part of a 3 part short-story series titled Lucy Mason. What led me to write this series was a Master Writing class taught by Walter Mosley. He told us to write a short story every day for 30 days and to go back to look at what we wrote to see what stood out. For me, it was the Lucy Mason trilogy that focused on her Worth, her Faith, and her Heart. These stories were very special to me because they were a part of me. What I mean by that is having gone through cancer treatment for Breast Cancer had me struggling with my own self-worth, my faith was tested, and my heart was broken. So, this series was healing to release, reflect, and recover. I felt absolutely amazing afterward.
Tell us about one of the people at the center of this book, and what makes them interesting. The main character in this story is Lucy Mason. What makes her interesting is she is young, hurting, traumatized, and she has to find her way, just as I had to find my way through my two-year treatment journey.
Why does this book (or this subject) matter to you? The short series matters to me because I am a mother, sister, aunt, and friend who has witnessed physical abuse that I do my best to remind the young women that have crossed my paths to walk away. These three areas are extremely important that we address so that women of all ages know their Self-Worth, Build their Faith and know that a broken heart can heal. This story reminds me of certain friends, associates, and distant family members who struggled with everything from low self-esteem, low self-worth, no faith, heartbrokenness, and being broken. In the series, Lucy will face all of those and her character allows me to take on these journeys to show others you can rise above your life’s obstacles and distractions. Why was it worth spending a year (or five, etc.) of your life on it? Yes, it was worth it. I wrote this series in 2021 and published two of three installments in 2021.
What do you love about this book? I love Lucy’s Heart because you see that after all the brokenness, she forgives, discovers her self-worth, and love finds her. What makes this book special to you? It’s special because I have witnessed so many testimonials of truth to this type of story. Is there a part that makes you cry? Yes, when she looks at herself in the mirror to say, “I Love You”. She is talking to herself. Makes you laugh? No laugh but smile. Is there a part you’re secretly most proud of? What is it? I am proud of this entire story the way it unfolds to show if you fall in love with yourself, forgive those who hurt you, and heal from your pain, that true love will find you.
Describe the reader who ought to know about this title. A reader who has been broken, closed off, scared, quiet, someone who is looking for a light. A reader who is searching for a sign that they two can start over. A reader who knows true love does exist if you know who you are, who you belong to, your self-worth, have strong faith, and love yourself enough.
What do you hope this book can impart to its readers? I pray that this book will impart wisdom and truth. I hope this book imparts that being broken does not mean you are not lovable.
What is next for you? In 2022, I will be writing my first non-fiction story titled Broken Pieces of Me that I plan to release sometime in 2023. I am finishing up part 2 in the Deceitful Secrets series- Truth & Lies release in 2022 spring. I have more short stories to write after I finish plotting and writing A Sister’s Betrayal. No release date yet.
Do you have anything you would like to add? I love to write and allow my imagination to run wild. I even allow things I see in public and put a twist on it in a story with “What if this happened? “. I am a writer who truly escapes into my imagination to tell a story that will touch your heart, make you laugh, make you cry, or have you talking back to the characters like they are real.