14 November 2011

Interview/Giveaway with Beverly Jenkins



INSIDE THE AUTHOR STUDIO
WITH
BEVERLY JENKINS




Ms. Jenkins is the nation's premier writer of African-American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She has 30 published novels to date.
She has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club.
She has also been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Vibe Magazine. She has lectured and given talks at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history.
In 2004 Ms. Jenkins branched out into romantic suspense with the publication of Edge of Midnight. Bring on the Blessings, her first faith based, women's fiction work, was published in Jan 09.
Her newest historical, Night Hawk will be released in October 2011.
In 2012, look for the fourth book in the Blessings series: A Wish and A Prayer.




Describe yourself in one sentence?
I am the sum of my experiences in life.

What are the one record, book, and food, you'd take to a desert island?
Record – Best of War.  Book – Dune by Frank Herbert.  Food – BBQ chicken wings.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Librarian

Which book do you wish you'd written?
There are no other author’s books I wish I’d written because each writer is given their own repertoire.

What makes you happy?
Happiness is  a  drama free, peaceful day.

What makes you angry?
Ignorance, cruelty,  and racism.

Name five people how you'd like to invite to a dinner party?
Malcolm X.  Zhinga,  a 17h century  Angolan queen who fought to free her country and its people from Portuguese colonial masters.  Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – the African-American astrophysicist.  Dorothy Sterling, editor and author of We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the 19th Century. Henry Adams a man instrumental in the Great Exodus of 1879. David Walker, author of Walker’s Appeal , arguably the most incendiary essay in American/ abolitionist literature.

What's the scariest thing you've ever done?
Giving my first major lecture at Oberlin University back in the mid-nineties.

What inspired you to start writing?
The desire to read a romance with  a hero and heroine with African American roots.

Where would you most like to live?
On Lake Michigan or any other coastal place.

What is your favorite curse word?
F***K

Who is your favorite man candy?
Presently Ian Vance aka Preacher.



(Lynette here. I rarely comment on the man candy, but damn . . . do you see that man. He is fine!!! Do you see this cover? It is freaking awesome!!!!)

Sum up your latest release in no more than twelve words.
Bounty hunter meets woman charged with crime she didn't commit.  Sparks fly!



(Lynette again. I am so honored to have Ms. Jenkins this week. I rarely gush over authors but Ms. Jenkins has been my idol since I walked in a bookstore way back in the day and saw one of her historical romances on the shelves. She is an amazing writer who writes with great historical detail. She is also the reason I took so many African American History courses when I was in college. Anyhoo. Sorry for the major gush fest here, back to the point . . . . Ms. Jenkins will be offering a copy of her latest release Night Hawk to a commentor to my blog. You have until Sunday, November 20th Midnight EST to enter. And you should, because seriously, Ms. Jenkins is just freaking amazing.)


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5 people posted their 2 cents:

PatriciaW said...

Great interview, Lynette. I'm a big fan of Ms. Jenkins too, both her historical and her contemporary novels.

La-Tessa said...

I love Ms. J!! She's always a sweetheart to me whenever I see here. And whoa!! The Night Hawk cover is hawt!!

Jay said...

How have I not heard of her before? I love historical romance and I would love to read one from the African-American perspective. I really feel they are left out of historical romance especially. Thanks for introducing me to her.

mochagirlsread said...

Where have I been? After reading your interview I am going to add her to my TBR list today. Thanks for the interview.

Lynette said...

Seriously you guys she is amazing. Ever since I read Night Song when it was published in the early '90's I've read all her historical romances. Here is her website.

http://www.beverlyjenkins.net/books.html

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