The September Standard
Dewey Wilson Thurman has finally met the woman he’s been waiting for. Dr. Regina Lawson, the hottest speaker on the women’s empowerment speaking circuit. Her simple message resonates with the younger generation, a demographic he’s finding difficult to reach; and that includes his daughters. Regina is a classy, confident woman with a high standard. She’s going to make him work for it. And he’s up for the challenge.
Regina Lawson is ecstatic, the Crown Prince of Gospel Music, is working overtime to charm her, with a mix of old-fashioned charm, with a touch of hip-hop forwardness. She’s enjoying the courtship but, the man has five daughters, two ex-wives, and a superstar lifestyle that does not fit with the quiet season of life she’s planning with her sons.
When Dewey sees major troubles ahead for one or more of the seven young people in their lives, Regina backs away. She believes the trouble is coming for his girls. And she’s a self-declared no-more-drama mama.
Can Dewey convince Regina that love and family is worth walking through the pending storm? Because he also knows, a season of joy will follow.
How do you get the idea for your book The September Standard?
The idea for the main character of The September Standard came from Romance Slam Jam-a yearly conference for romance readers and writers. During a workshop conducted by author Evelyn Palfrey, Ms Palfrey discussed what she called the ‘marvelously mature’. After the workshop, I began thinking about writing a romance with a mature hero and I came up with Dewey Thurman, 62, fresh and sexy!
What is your favorite line from your book question?
This is a hard question. Since Dewey Thurman is a Psalmist, I’ll chose… ‘Sing into the silence and wait until the Lord reveals a new song.’
Which of your characters do you believe are most like you and why question?
I don’t think any of the character are like me. But I wish I were more like the heroine’s sister, Rena. Rena is a bold, outspoken mess, and she has some of the best lines in the book.
What message do you hope readers will take away from your book?
No message. I just hope the reader laughs a little, says a few amens to the praise songs that begin each chapter and enjoys their time in Dewey and Regina’s story.
How did you get published?
I was lucky to sell my first book Except On Sunday, to Genesis Press in 2011 in a two-book deal. I am grateful for all I learned from that experience.
What have been your greatest literary accomplishments?
Being selected as the Debut Author of the Year by Shades of Romance Magazine and being a 2017 finalist in the Illinois, Soon to be Famous Author Project.
Do you have any new books in the works?
Yes, I am working on a non-fiction book about the importance of PIE (performance-image and exposure) in business.
Is there anything else you would like the readers to know?
Thanks for asking. I just want the readers to know how important it is to let writers know how the work is affecting them. If you like an author’s work, reach out and tell them or submit a review. And if you have constructive feedback, I’m happy to accept that, too.