JB-*Honestly I have to say that most of my readers have loved reading my stories, they connect with my characters on a level as if they are real people because of course some of the things that my characters deal with in my stories are things that most people deal with in real life. I know that even though my male characters are white and the females are black, it doesn’t seem to faze the reader. All they can see is two people who are really and truly either already in love with each other or slowly falling in love with one another, throughout all the obstacles that may come their way. I see it like this however, that even though two people are different as far as their race, it doesn’t mean that the love between the two of them is no more different than that between two people who are of the same race. Love is love….no matter the color.
MP-Do you set out to have interracial characters or is that the way the characters come to you?
JB-*I write about what my muse comes up with and mainly it deals with interracial characters. My 1st book was about an interracial couple, mainly I based it about myself and a really great friend of mine, who I never got the chance to let know how I felt about him. For years I’ve always been attracted to white men but of course with my shy ways that never came to be as far as dating, so I write from the heart about characters who deal with issues that either I’ve dealt with myself from my past or from what I get from others.
MP-Is Beauty and Beast your favorite fairytale?
JB-*Oh yes, I honestly think that the fact that Beauty was able to look beyond the fact that the Beast was so beastly makes for a wonderful story in itself. This is something that made me write my 2nd book but I thought that wouldn’t it be neat if instead of the beast being the “man” which it has always been in stories since the beginning of time, why couldn’t the beast in the story be the “woman” instead. I know for myself that I can relate wholeheartedly with the female character in that story because like her, I have been afflicted with something that had made me scared to deal with the outside world, so I can so relate with her in how she felt.
MP-If you wrote in another genre what would it be?
JB-*Oh that is a tough one there, I would like to try either Paranormal with shape shifters or something. Or maybe even something dealing with espionage. Even though I have always been partial with Contemporary and Interracial, I wouldn’t mind trying some other genres down the line.
MP-Has your daughter ever put together a book trailer for you?
JB-*No she hasn’t just yet but I’m gonna see if she can one of these days.
Jackson Belle, the son of a prominent family of landscapers and architects whose work has been the “Showcase of the South”, goes to take what he thinks is a routine job for his father who is soon in bed after a fall. He soon finds himself going to Gladstone Manor, a home well known in town as a house that once would host grand balls and parties for the town. But is nothing more than a shell of its former glorious self. Soon Jackson finds himself diving deep within the mystery of Gladstone Manor and its owner Brooke Langley.
Brooke Langley’s life at Gladstone Manor at one time was wonderful and she enjoyed the many memories she had as a child, watching the many people coming to the parties and balls that her parents would give. But a tragic accident leaves Brooke in seclusion, afraid of what the world outside of the Manor would think of her now. It isn’t until Jackson Belle comes into her life and shows her that someone does care that slowly starts to come out to the world and soon finds true love as well.
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