Thursday, October 18, 2007
AUTHOR INTRO: Suzetta M. Perkins
Suzetta M. Perkins
I am a native of Oakland, California, but now reside in Fayetteville , North Carolina. I am co-founder and President of the Sistahs Book Club. Professionally, I am Secretary of the University at Fayetteville State University, my alma mater.
I have had a love for writing since I was a teenager in high school, where I was the co-editor of my school yearbook. I’m a dreamer, and writing allows me to dream beyond the boundaries of my immediate environment. A Love So Deep is my second novel following my debut novel Behind the Veil. I am also a contributing author of My Soul to His Spirit, an anthology that was featured in the June 2005 issue of Ebony magazine and winner of the 2006 Fresh Voices Award.
Tell us about your current book:
A Love So Deep is about a widower, Graham, who has just lost the love of his life and finds new life in the form of a beautiful, sultry nightclub singer, Rita. However, there is a long line of people—Graham’s two grown daughters, a best friend, and the lady at the church who has the hots for him that does not want to see this relationship last. But Rita brings baggage of her own in the form of an ex-husband and former NBA player, who is exploiting her for money. At one point, things turn potentially violent when the best friend becomes jealous of Graham and Rita’s relationship
Graham and Rita must give each other all that they have as they fight to survive in this story of passion, betrayal, destruction, and redemption.
What would you like your readers to take away from your book?
For those who have lost a loved one, I want them to know that there is life after death. And if should you find someone new in your life and fall in love again, know that even against all the obstacles you may face, true love will not fail.
What inspired this story?
Six years ago, my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Shortly thereafter, my mother suffered a heart attack and passed away. My father’s grief was so deep. Even today, he’s a lonely man because he has not let my mother completely go. So I wrote a story to let him know that he can live again, Mom won’t mind because they had the best life together.
What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned and didn’t admit upfront that I was grieving, too. This story helped to assuage my own grief.
How can readers get in contact with you?
Readers can reach me via my website, www.suzettaperkins.com; email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and P.O. Box 64424, Fayetteville, NC 28306.
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