Victoria Christopher Murray originally self published Temptation. “I wanted to write a book as entertaining as any book on the market, put God in the middle, and have the book still be a page-turner. I wasn’t writing to any particular genre – I didn’t even know Christian fiction existed. I just wanted to write about people I knew and characters I could relate to.”
Since Temptation, Victoria has written seven other novels and was a contributor to the first Christian fiction anthology, Blessed Assurance. She was also the Contributing Editor for the Aspire Women of Color Bible published by Zondervan in 2007. All of her novels have continued to be Essence bestsellers.
In 2008, Victoria’s first novels in her Christian fiction teen series - The Divine Divas – were published. “I was concerned with what our young ladies were reading. I decided to do something about that – give them stories full of drama, but with a message.” The Divine Divas has already been optioned to become a television series.
Victoria splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington D.C. In Los Angeles, she attends Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church under the spiritual tutelage of Dr. Beverly “BAM” Crawford and in Washington, D.C., she fellowships at Metropolitan Baptist Church under Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. She is also a member of the Long Beach Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Visit Victoria online at http://www.victoriachristophermurray.com/
Tell us about Sins of the Mother.
Sins of the Mother is the final installment in the Jasmine Cox Larson Bush series. A woman who has committed many sins, Jasmine now has to face the question, has the sins of the mother come upon the daughter, when Jasmine's daughter is kidnapped. As the days go by, no one knows if the child will ever be found.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
Years ago, I lived in New York when a six year old boy was kidnapped. He was the first one to appear on milk cartons and I have wondered over the years, what this journey has been like for the young boy's mother, since her son was never found. I wanted to explore that story.
Who are your main character(s)?
The main character is the recurring, Jasmine Cox Larson Bush.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
No, not really a favorite. I enjoy all my characters because I work on making them different. Each brings their own strengths and weaknesses.
Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?
I don't do a lot of research because I write from an emotional place. You can't find that on the Internet.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading Sins of the Mother?
You know, I write to entertain - I'm not trying to teach or preach. I'm always so happy when readers do take away a message, but here's something I've discovered - everyone takes away a different message. If I tried to put in just one single message, I'd miss the opportunity for readers to discover their own messages.
Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?
That's an interesting question - I'm not sure they're important to the writer...they're important to the reader. A writer should not change what they're writing based on reviews - if they do, they're not going to write from their heart. So, reviews are important - for the readers.
About the Book
Have the sins of the mother come upon the daughter?
Jasmine Larson Bush is finally living a drama-free life. She’s left her lying, cheating, stealing stripper days behind and is standing by her husband’s side as the first lady of one of the largest churches in New York City. The Bushes have been blessed with the best of everything—including two lovely children.
But just when Jasmine has committed her life completely to God, her daughter Jacqueline is kidnapped from a mall the day after Thanksgiving. The police and the church community join in the frantic search to find the four-year-old. As the days pass without any sign of her daughter, Jasmine begins to crack under the strain and turns to Brian Lewis, Jacqueline’s biological father, for solace.
Has Jasmine’s past finally caught up to her? Will her daughter be found or will Jasmine pay the ultimate price?
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