Wednesday, July 15, 2009

‘Til Debt Do Us Part Blog Tour

Meet Michelle Larks


Tell us about 'Til Debt Do Us Part. How did you come up with ideas for this book?

I have always made an effort to write books about people experiencing real life issues. I know that many people suffer from gambling addiction, so I decided to write about that. Shortly after I began writing the book, I participated in an online bookclub meeting and sure enough the readers mentioned gambling as an issue they'd like to see in a book.

Who are your main character(s)?

My main characters in Til Debt Do Us Part are Nichole and Jeffrey Singleton. They are in near their late twenties and have been married for nearly five years.

Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?

My favorite character in Til Debt Do Us Part was Nikki's best friend Maya. She had major issues with her life but still remained a positive supportive friend to Nikki.

Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?

Yes, there was research involved while I was writing Til Debt Do Us Part. I actually visted a few casinos, not for gambling purposes but to observe customers. I think I described how I think I gamblers feel about winning and losing at the beginning of the book. I also researched Gambler's Anonymous and gambling addiction statistics.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading 'Til Debt Do Us Part?

I'd like readers to take from the story that no matter how insurmountable an issue or crisis may be, that God is still on your side and he will help you weather the storm.

Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?

Reviewers are important to me and I am sure other writers as well because they help gauge a writer's skills. Reviewers that take a fair approach usually stress the negatives and positives of a book. Reviews influence readers as to whether or not they may purchase a book. I place just as much emphasis on reader feedback which I get a fair amount of. I feel between the reviewer and reader I will get a fair assessment of my writing.


Life was easy for Nichole Singleton, with a voice like an angel, a job she adores, and a church she has called home since her teens. While Jeffrey, Nichole’s loving husband, has control over the life they are living, Nichole still feels blessed . . . until her gambling “hobby” turns into a personal cross to bear that threatens to destroy her marriage.

Through her trials and tribulations, will Nichole remember to put her trust in God and reaffirm her faith in the Lord, or will she see her marriage and gambling habit as bigger than even the God she serves?
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Ty said...

Thanks for hosting Michelle Lark and introducing your blog readers to her July 2009 book release, 'Til Debt Do Us Part.

Renee Williams said...

Another good interview.

fegins said...

This book will hit home for a lot of people. Persons who feel they have it under control just as recreational fun may be fooling themselves. Essence magazine a few years ago had a story addressing this issue

Michelle Larks said...

Hi LaShaunda,

Many thanks for being a part of my blog! I appreciate it...


bettye griffin said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle at the Great Midwest Bookfest in Milwaukee. She is a very gracious person and I wish her continued success!

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