I am soooo excited!! I just love it when authors come back and visit. And you know what that means…..a new book! So without further ado, and I ask for your help, to give Ms. Rochelle Alers a warm welcome back!
Rochelle Alers has been hailed by readers and booksellers alike as one of today’s most prolific and popular African American authors of romance and women’s fiction.
With more than fifty titles and nearly two million copies of her novels in print, Ms. Alers is a regular on the Waldenbooks, Borders and Essence bestseller lists, regularly chosen by Black Expressions Book Club, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gold Pen Award, the Emma Award, Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award.
She is a member of the Iota Theta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and her interests include gourmet cooking and traveling. She has traveled to Europe, and countries in North, South and Central America. Her future travel plans include visits to Hong Kong and New Zealand. Ms. Alers is also in accomplished in knitting, crocheting and needlepoint. She is currently taking instruction in the art of hand quilting.
Oliver, a toy Yorkshire terrier has become the newest addition to her family. When she’s not barking at passing school buses, the tiny dog can be found sleeping on her lap while she spends hours in front of the computer.
A full-time writer, Ms. Alers lives in a charming hamlet on Long Island.
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Q&A with Rochelle Alers
Thank you so very much for inviting me back.
Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
I draw from both. I enjoy traveling, so many of the places I’ve visited will eventually end up in a novel. Current events will occasionally come into play if I need a plot that complements a character’s occupation. The storyline for Hidden Agenda came from a “60 Minutes” segment where a woman hired a mercenary to rescue her son who’d been abducted by her foreign-born husband. I decided to write Pleasure Seekers after reading an article in New York magazine about an upscale escort service. All-news television channels are akin to the reference section of the library for plotlines.
Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the storyline brings you?
I have to start from the beginning. I know the ending, but it is the middle that has to be fleshed out.
Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
I write from Monday to Friday 8-4 with mid-morning and afternoon breaks. But on the other hand, if I’m really in the zone I’ll write until midnight. Weekends are set aside for family time and socializing.
I always write to music. I pop in my MP3, lose myself in the music and the words flow like melodic harmonies.
Is writing your full time job? If not, may I ask what you do by day?
Fortunately for me I’ve been writing full time since 2002. It can have drawbacks, only because if I decide to slack-off I feel I can always make up the time. Not!
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Bernice McFadden, Debbie Macomber, Nicholas Sparks, Walter Mosley, James Patterson, John Grisham, Jane Austen and Alex Haley.
What are you reading now?
Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn
Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m currently finishing up Magnolia Drive – Book #4 in the Cavanaugh Island series. Readers will return to the small town of Sanctuary Cove to find out more about Francine Tanner. Her ability to foretell the future is a well-kept secret on an island where gossip travels faster than the speed of light. However, her visions don’t warn of the newcomer to the island who knows who she is even though she’s unfamiliar with him. Their lives become entwined with his request that she reopen a door to a celebrated past she has no wish to relive. Francine represents all that is Gullah and she will teach Keaton Grace about the centuries-old culture that continues to thrive on the Sea Islands and also how to love again. Readers will reunite characters from previous titles and meet new ones that will leave them shaking their heads whether in shock or in laughter.
Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
Sanctuary Cove: Angela Basset and Roger Guenveur Smith
Angels Landing: Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Jai White
Haven Creek: Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy
Would you rather read or watch TV/movie? – Read
Favorite food? – Any steak from Ruth Chris
Favorite beverage? – Green Tea
I appreciate and always enjoy spending time with CMash Reads. Thank you again for the invite.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Home is where the heart is.
Architect Morgan Dane has always lived according to a plan, crossing off her achievements one by one. But when she’s offered her dream job-the restoration of historic Angels Landing Plantation on beautiful Cavanaugh Island-Morgan’s life takes an unexpected turn. Carpenter Nathaniel Shaw once took lost. Needing the healing comforts of home, he returns to Haven Creek to join the family business.
Nothing in the small town has changed-except for Morgan Dane. The wallflower he knew in high school has grown into a beautiful woman . . . and stirs feelings Nate isn’t sure he’s ready for.
Together Nate and Morgan find a happiness neither could have predicted. But when secrets from the past come to light, their budding relationship is threatened.
Will they play it safe, or risk their hearts to build a life together?
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Forever (May 28, 2013)
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