Which five words best describe The Catch No One Wants?
Can you share one highlight from the book?
Veronica confessed to her dad during their meeting.
“Dad, I set a goal of marriage by thirty but became frustrated when I passed my timeline. It made me anxious. So, I pushed faster towards my goal, made wrong choices in men, accepted men who were below my standards, a man who had a yelling habit and mistreated me, a man who was disrespectful and continued to play the field, a man who was lazy and did not want to work, even a man who did not appear to like women, and those who were not interested in marriage or a commitment. I dumped each one within a few months of trying to date them, one lasted six months. Even though I saw the red flags at the start, I ignored them for the sake of my marriage goal and hoped things would get better. I was so disappointed in myself and disgusted with the choices I’ve made. The last guy dumped me and ghosted me after five minutes into the date. There were five guys within the last two years. Dad, I need your help because I feel like I’ve lost myself through all of this.”
What is the purpose of this book?
I thought about this as I was writing this book. I believe the stories in this book will help open the eyes of women who have faced similar challenges in their dating lives and give them better tools to use. The book takes us back to the original principles of dating, something the church practiced in the past. It shows a pastor who wants to ensure his children and the singles in his church are taught the difference between dating socially and dating with an intent to marry. The date with intent principles are explained in more detail through the lives of the characters.
Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?
I became comfortable writing Christian fiction after realizing that Jesus was a Master at storytelling too—He wrote parables, stories with deeper meaning. I enjoy this style of writing and hope readers will enjoy the stories, too, while learning something much deeper. I was told my use of “the fish analogy is genius.”
Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?
The most fun was writing about Veronica’s journey and showing the realities of her challenges while highlighting how she overcame them. Showing Veronica’s transformation and redemption was pure joy!
The hardest writing was the pufferfish. He was such a ruthless, uncaring, rude, selfish, abusive character—and writing about him felt uncomfortable.
Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?
I wrote several black history plays performed at my church and skits for our youth program. Even then, I did not think much of my writing abilities or envisioned becoming a writer.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
After you read the book, I would love to hear how much you enjoyed it. Also, stay connected with me, visit my website & sign up as a subscriber to my newsletter. There will be specific giveaways on the newsletter, and lots of giveaways during April—book launch month, leading up to and including release day 4/22/22.