Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Diamond Blog Tour
Chizellé T. Archie is an author, registered school nurse, mother and wife for thirteen years to her husband John Archie. She works for a private school and lives in Atlanta, GA with her family.
The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Diamond.
Posh Manhattan investment banker Victoria Diamond Cartiér lives a life of ultimate success: owning an affluent estate in Harlem’s Hamilton Heights district, working on 5th Avenue, and having the love of her devoted husband Malcolm. But when Victoria discovers that her marriage is a lie, she uncovers a deadly horror that may threaten her belief in healing, second chances at love with Marcel and God’s providence over her diamond life.
Tell us about “The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Diamond.”
This book is an Urban Christian Novel set in the city of Manhattan, and it is about a posh woman named Victoria Diamond Cartiér, who is an investment advisor. She’s got it all, everything she could ever ask for, and she is in love with her husband Malcolm of eight years, but she soon discovers that her perfect marriage is not so perfect, and this one day when she plans to give him the best news of his life, she gets news of her own. While trying to deal with it, she begins to distrust everyone she thought once loved her, even God! And while on that journey, she finds herself asking just I have, and I’m sure so many of us have, “God where are you?”
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
Well like I have said previously, the vision came from God, I never had any intentions on writing a book, but once He gave me the assignment, and I finally began to write, then it all started to flow. I am a Registered Nurse, and while working for a pediatric clinic, I began to see so many of our African American babies being diagnosed with this devastating disease, it was horrible. So from there once God had given the charge, I then began to write about some of the things I know, and furthermore I was so frustrated with the way our African American women were just beginning to settle for any and everything in a man as long as he had a nice car, or lived in a nice home, then all common sense would fly out of the window. Leaving them alone, and heartbroken, or even something in their bloodstream that has no cure!
Who are your main character(s)?
There’s Victoria, Malcolm, Lucy, Noëlle, Zoe, and Marcel.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
Yes, my favorite character has to be her best friend Lucy, because he is fun, carefree, living his life like he wants to, but he is missing one thing … love. Also, I would say Marcel, because I really had to go into my imagination to create this man. I would have to say in my mind, he is right up there with the angels! And most of all he is what every woman needs.
Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?
Oh yes, this book deals heavily with topic of HIV/AIDS, and by me being a nurse I knew I needed all of my medical facts to be correct. I didn’t want it to be your everyday book about, love, relationship, break-up, I wanted to bring awareness, as well as put fear in your hearts just the same.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading “The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Diamond?”
I hope the reader will go away with a sense of responsibility. Realizing to every action there is a consequence. Yes I also want them to really believe in love, that there is true love, whether it comes from an earthly love or a Godly love, it does exist, but first you must trust and believe that it can and it will happen.
Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?
They are very important to me in this point in my career, because I really would like to know what is it that I can do better as far as writing the next book, or better yet, I understand that all reviews are not good, which is a good thing, because it keeps you humble. I also understand that everyone will not agree with your writing style, or your story period, but if you stick to what is important to you, then you will be able to learn from it, and move on. How does the saying go, what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.
Chizelle Archie reads an excerpt from The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Diamond.
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