Friday, April 30, 2010


Spiritual Seduction is a sexy tale with a paranormal twist puts one unsuspecting woman in the center of a dangerous struggle between her conniving dead husband and her irresistible immortal lover.

Widowed with two small children, Riley Tyson is devastated when her husband, Bradley, is murdered. She doesn’t miss his fiery temper and heartless philandering,
though. In fact, now that he’s dead, their relationship is better than ever. Bradley’s spirit sneaks into her bedroom at night, tempting her with gentle, seductive caresses and showering her with the attention he never gave her in life. It seems too crazy to be true.

Enter Malik Davenport, Riley’s boss and longtime friend. At six feet seven, with smooth, almond-colored skin and vibrant blue eyes, Malik rarely goes unnoticed. An ancient warrior prince who specializes in slaying demons, he’s the only man who can save Riley’s life—and the only one whose passionate touch unleashes the sexy vixen inside her.

As Bradley’s ruthless spirit orchestrates a deadly power surge against the living, Malik and his team of paladins prepare for a war of the worlds that has been brewing for ages.

How did you start out your writing career?

I actually started my writing career in 1997 when I self-published my first novel Bourgeois Blues. That went okay. I enjoyed the self-publishing process, it taught me a lot. Then I wrote another manuscript, Crazy Love, and after months of querying hundreds of agents I finally secured one, Bob DiForio.

What was your most difficult scene to write?

Spiritual Seduction is a paranormal romance, so there are some scenes that are gruesome and on the flip side, some very hot sexy scenes. The hardest part was writing the gory scenes. I didn’t want to be too grisly, but I wanted it to be a little scary, it was a delicate balance.

Have you had a "Wow" moment since you have been an author? What made it a "Wow" moment for you?

I have had several wow moments. The most impactful is when a reader writes me, telling me how one of my stories affect him or her. They reinforce to me how powerful words are.

What did you hope to accomplish with this book?

I’ve never written paranormal before and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do the genre justice. But the reviews are coming in and they are pretty good. And I wanted a paranormal that was exciting and sensual.

What’s playing on your CD while you’re writing?

It’s funny, I know some writers thrive on mood music, but I don’t. I need complete silence when I’m writing. Music just distracts me, I always end up paying too much attention to the lyrics and not on my writing.

If you had the opportunity to talk with three writers, who would you choose and why?

Great question, but the first person would be Zora Neale Hurston, she is my all-time favorite author. She has such a gift for story telling. I would love to talk to Maya Angelou, her writing is like reading poetry, it’s so fluid and smooth. Would Oprah be considered a writer? I just love her. I admire her business and philanthropic style. She’s a tough cookie and she’s proof that if you work hard enough you can achieve your goals and then some.

What movie had the greatest impact on you as a kid? Why?

The movie that I always remember didn’t have a positive effect. It was The Lost Boys, that movie scared me to death. For years after watching it, I couldn’t sleep with my window open. My bedroom was on the second floor, and I thought that a vampire would get me.

If you could be on a Reality TV show, which one would it be and why?

I would love to be on HGTV Design Star. I love that show. All the contestants are so creative. I know that I wouldn’t win, but it would be so fun shopping for furniture and all the accessories.

If you could visit any place in the world where would you travel to?

I would love to go to Tokyo, Japan. Every time I see pictures or video of it, I am always impressed with the sophistication of it. And the pictures of the city vibrate with energy.

What is one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

That writing is hard. Writers don’t wave a magic wand and a story appears. It takes a lot of time and energy composing a novel.

What was the best advice you’d ever gotten about the publishing industry? The worst?

The best advice that I received is to remember that writing is a business and to treat it as such. The worst advice that I’ve gotten was that African Americans authors were not helpful to each other and to not trust them. And this was from an African American male. I have found that so untrue. I have been helped by so many African American writers. We are a supportive group of people. We all realize that there are enough readers out there for all of us.

Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?

I’m going to cheat and give you two dos. My first one, is to always write, even if it just writing in a journal or blogging. This will make you feel comfortable writing and expressing yourself. My don’t is to not give up. If you want to be a published writer, either through a mainstream publisher or being self-published, learn all you can and go for what you want.

What is something readers would be surprised you do?

I read about five novels a month. A lot of people believe that just because you’re a writer you don’t read other authors. But since I’ve been reading since kindergarten, I find it very hard to stop. I do it for the enjoyment and to also learn.

Our theme for this month is GETTING THE CALL. Did you receive the call from the editor? What was the experience like?

My agent actually e-mailed me about the book deal. And I was so shocked that I didn’t respond right away. He finally called me later that day to ask if I had gotten the message. The experience was surreal. You know, you pray for it to happen, then when it does, it doesn’t seem real and you’re speechless.

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

I’m very excited about this novel, it’s still untitled. It has a strong female protagonist. Sasha is a demon catcher and Jason, her husband, is a demon slayer they make a formidable team.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

My readers can reach me at

They can also read an excerpt of Spiritual Seduction, a paranormal romance. I am also on Facebook, Goodreads, Shelfari, and Myspace.

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1 comment:

Rekaya Gibson said...

This is the second time that I read information about your book. It sounds like a great read.
I am not a paranormal fan at all, but I am willing to go for something different.

Best wishes,

Rekaya Gibson, Author
The Food Enchantress & The Food Temptress

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