Friday, January 23, 2009
FEATURED AUTHOR: Tiffany Warren
The Bishop's Daughter
Budding journalist Darrin Bainbridge is fascinated by the mega church world, especially when it comes to the ministers involved. Bestselling author Tiffany Warren brings us a beautiful love story in The Bishop's Daughter conveying a relentless young writer looking for his big break only to find himself in a helpless state of love with the daughter of the man he is trying to expose.
As a freelance journalist, Darrin is anxious to establish himself in the writing world. He becomes intrigued by the famous lives of television ministers and the excessive lifestyles that come along with this fame. They live in nice homes, drive fancy cars, and seem to have endless amounts of money and women to boot. Disgusted by this hypocrisy, Darrin sets out to the hometown of one of the industries most famous- Atlanta Bishop Kumal Prentiss. In order to get as close to him as possible, Darrin becomes a member of the church hoping to portray a clearer picture of what kind of man this Bishop truly is.
An unexpected twist occurs when Darrin’s recent membership comes with strings. Not only does this bring him closer to Kumal Prentiss, but to his daughter Emoni as well. Emoni Prentiss “hasn’t quite grown into her looks” yet, as her family likes to put it. Though not a conventional beauty, her heart more than makes for it and her wholesome ways are soon noticed by Darrin. As their relationship blossoms, it becomes increasingly hard to fulfill what he had originally come to Atlanta to do as Darrin is torn between excelling his career and surrendering to his feelings.
Tiffany L Warren is the bestselling author of "What a Sista Should Do", "Farther than I Meant to Go, Longer than I Meant to Stay", and "The Bishop's Daughter". Tiffany also writes young adult fiction under the pen name Nikki Carter. Her first young adult novel "Step to This" will be released in March, 2009. When she's not writing she's reading, cooking, or spending time with her husband and five children. She lives in the Dallas, TX area and is a Disaster Recovery Analyst by day.
What would you like readers to take away from your book?
That sometimes salvation is a process. Not everyone comes up from the baptism pool completely changed. Sometimes the Holy Spirit has alot of work to do in a person.
What is your favorite scene from your book?
My favorite scene is Darrin and Emoni's first conversation. In that moment they are completely real because their attraction is totally unexpected.
What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned alot about how men think. I ran some things by my husband, and he would be like, "No, a man would not be thinking that." I've been married for nearly ten years, and I'm still learning how men think! Darrin's journey was an eye opener for me.
What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?
That authors are artists, and they are almost always connected to their characters and stories. You don't have to like every story you read, but there is a way to say that and not be negative.
What is the best lesson you have learned from another writer?
To never stop promoting my work and my brand. Longevity is hard to come by in this business, even if you have the talent.
What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
I've faced a pretty tough financial crisis as an author. I had a misconception about how publishing works and got a reality check when I received my first royalties statement.
What is something readers would be surprised you do?
That I watch sci-fi stuff on TV. Heroes, Star Trek re-runs. Anything futuristic.
What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?
I wish I'd known I would be successful, but that is part of a faith walk. I wish I'd known that the publishing industry is cutthroat. I wish I'd known that there really is no formula for success in writing. It would've saved me alot of time in trying to discover the formula!
How do you reach new readers?
I reach out to new book clubs on MySpace and Shelfari. I also share my books with Women's Ministries.
If you could have dinner with 3 authors to talk with about their writing (living or deceased) who would you invite and why?
Octavia E Butler, because she is my all-time favorite author, and I know she had many stories left on the inside. Eric Jerome Dickey, because he has got to be one of the most prolific contemporary AA authors of this generation. The man is an endless sea of stories. And Victoria Christopher Murray just because she is HILARIOUS! She would make the entire conversation fun.
Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?
Please DO take a creative writing class. Don't give up.
Our theme for this month is Family Literacy, what do you do to promote literacy in your family?
My oldest two children are avid readers. I like to share books with them that I read when I was a child. My oldest is really a bookworm and she has enjoyed "A Wrinkle In Time" and "Where the Red Fern Grows" two of my childhood favorites. The most important thing I do to promote literacy is to let my children see me enjoying books!
How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
Readers can email me at email@example.com or on my two MySpace pages www.myspace.com/christianauthor & www.myspace.com/authornikkicarter
Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?
My next book is the first in my line of Inspirational Young Adult fiction and it's called "Step to This" (March 2009, Kensington Books). The book is written under my pen name Nikki Carter. It's a fun story about a girl named Gia Stokes, who is fabulous, but she doesn't know it yet! She's on the Hi-Stepper squad at her high school, but she has a plan to become A-list popular. But when her plan takes a horribly wrong turn, she has to lean on the ones who truly love her.
My next adult title is "In The Midst of It All" (2010, Grand Central Publishing) and it's about a young woman with the gift of foresight (prophecy) who escapes a cult. It is the most daring of my stories, and I hope my fans embrace it!
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