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Kimberla Lawson Roby

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Kimberla Lawson Roby



Too Much of a Good Thing
The Essence bestselling author of A Taste of Reality returns with a
                         follow-up to Casting the First Stone as she re-visits the philandering
                         minister that readers will love to hate…. 
                         Curtis Black might be a man of the cloth, but with his irresistible
                         looks, seductive charm and charismatic personality, he’s particularly
                         beloved by his female church members—and almost every other
                         woman he’s ever met. The trouble is, Curtis is married. At first he
                         tries to resist temptation, but not for long. Soon, Mariah, his second
                         wife, slowly discovers that beneath the tranquil and loving facade of
                         their marriage, a storm of lies and betrayal is about to burst.
                         Now, his shaky relationship with his teenaged daughter has reached
                         the breaking point. Feeling neglected and unloved, Alicia searches for
                         solace in the arms of a stranger, and finds herself in a dangerous
                         Eventually, all of the women in Curtis’s life find that with a little
                         careful planning—sneaky and otherwise—they can help Curtis to reap
                         the punishment that he so richly deserves…. You won’t have to read
                         the prequel to this super juicy novel to enjoy it—Curtis Black’s
                         misdeeds are recapped in page-turning detail!


Interview with Kimberla Lawson Roby
 SC:  When did you decide you wanted to write?
KLR:During the summer of 1994 I decided I wanted to write a novel, but I didn't actually begin writing it until April 1995.
SC:How many novels in all have you written?
KLR: I've written 7, and I'll be finishing the 8th before the end of this month.
SC: How long did it take you to write your first novel?
KLR:It took me 7 months while working full-time.  I wrote every evening and weekend until it was finished.
SC: Of all the novels you have written, do you have a favorite?
KLR: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS because it was my first and CASTING THE FIRST STONE because the character, Curtis Black, is so popular with my readers.
SC: Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?
KLR: I always write about very real issues, those that can or have affected everyone at one time or another.  Some of my topics are controversial and even taboo, but I am inspired by what I see happening to others and in some cases what I have experienced personally.  In IT'S A THIN LINE, I based the Sydney character on parts of my own life and I patterned the Delores character after my mother who really did have a benign brain tumor.
SC: What made you decide to write a story like Casting the First Stone? and later the sequel Too Much of a Good Thing   Are the characters based on real people? Did you receive any negative feedback because of the issues it addresses about black churches?
KLR:I decided to write about corruption within the church because, unfortunately, it is happening in every city and state.  I realize that there are some really wonderful ministers throughout this country, but there are also so many of them who are consumed with money, power and women and who are also misleading innocent people.  The characters are a compilation of many, many ministers I know of or have heard about from others, but there situations are not identical to those of any of my characters.  Thankfully, I have not received any real negative feedback regarding these two books and in some cases, pastors' wives have thanked me for writing about this particular subject matter.
SC: As a matter of a fact, in all your stories, the characters all seem to be someone we can relate to,
In It's a Thin Line, you wrote about domestic violence, is that an issue you feel needs to be addressed in the black community?
KLR:  Yes, I do feel that domestic violence is not discussed as much as it should be.  Especially, since so many women are experiencing it.  I think it is very easy for any of us to overlook what is actually going on if we are not in that sort of situation ourselves.  But what we really need to do is become more aware and figure out what we can do to help those who are victims.
 SC:  After writing your first novel, did you self-publish?? If so, how was that experience?
KLR:  Yes, after receiving a good number of rejection letters from literary agents and publishing houses, I did go forward with self-publishing.  I became somewhat discouraged, but it was my mother and husband who kept me going.  My mother told me that I shouldn't give on my book, regardless of what rejection letters I had received and my husband suggested that I use my business background and start my own publishing company.  Self-publishing involved a lot of time and a lot of hard work, but it was very well worth it.  I ended up selling 10,000 copies within the first six months of publication.
SC:  Do you plan to write sequels to any other novels?
KLR:  When I first started writing, I always said that I would never write sequels to any of my work, but after receiving many, many e-mail messages from readers, asking if I would write about Curtis Black again, I decided I would.  Now, after writing TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, the sequel to CASTING THE FIRST STONE, I plan to write about Curtis a third and probably final time.  Also, readers will see Anise from A TASTE OF REALITY again in the future.
SC:  What feedback have you received from fans?
KLR:  Feedback from readers regarding my novels has been wonderful.  The very kind words that I have received have been such a blessing for me and it is because of this that I continue to write one book after another.
SC: What authors do you admire?
KLR:  There are so, so many, but to name a few, Terry McMillan, Connie Briscoe, E. Lynn Harris, Eric Jerome Dickey, Victoria Christopher Murray, Barbara Delinsky, Danielle Steel, Walter Mosely, etc.
SC:  Did one of them inspire you?
KLR:  By all means, it was Terry McMillan.
SC:  Is writing your only passion?
KLR:  Right now, it is my primary passion, but there are also other areas of interest I plan to pursue in the future.
SC:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
KLR:  I would like to stay on course with writing no less than one book per year, which would mean 5 more over the next 5 years.  I'd also like to see my Curtis Black trilogy produced  as a national stage play and as a movie.
SC:  What advice would you give aspiring authors?
KLR:  Please write at least something every single day.  Even if it is only a page or two in your journal or manuscript, make a habit of doing it daily.
SC:  What would you like readers to learn from your stories?
KLR:  That they are not alone in dealing with their particular problems and that obstacles can always be overcome.  And that even when we are not able to overcome them completely, we can find a way to live with or deal with them and then go on with our lives.  If we have faith and begin making the right choices, we can still find happiness at the end of every tunnel.
SC:  When is your next novel coming out? What is it about?
KLR:  My next novel, THE BEST-KEPT SECRET, will be released February 1, 2005 and all I can say is that readers will see two sets of main characters from two of my previous novels.
SC:  Where can people purchase your books? Do you have a website?
KLR:  All of my books are available at bookstores nationwide and through any on-line book retailer.  My web site address is




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