In some ways I don’t know where to begin. Should I begin by introducing myself as the author, or do I introduce my first published book? I guess I can do both. For starters my book Love Child is the first book of my series I’ve called The Child Series. It’s followed by Child No More, and Child Scorned, and I am currently writing Child Game which I hope will be ready by the end of this year or at least by early next year. That book should have been finished already, but there has been so much going on in my life right now, that has slowed down that progress in fact the year has been a busy one for me.
But I am working on it. But let me start from the beginning. I am a writer who loves to write novels and poetry. I live in New York, and I am the mother of two boys Jason and Kristofer Lewis. My first book Love Child was dedicated to them. And speaking of Love Child I will like to speak a little bit about my first title.
I have been trying to write a novel for years, but I could never get myself disciplined enough to get my ideas together so I could write something much less combine it. Of course I wanted to write something of fiction. Something similar to the kind of books I have always loved to read. Those type of books that are hard to put down. The books that quickly come to mind for me when I think of such books, were written by such authors like V.C, Andrews, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, Tami Hoag, Jonathan Kellerman, and Michael Connelly just to name a few. The Outsiders from S.E Hinton was probably the novel that made me want to become an author.
But it was V.C Andrews and her Dollanganger series that kept me up at all hours as these were books I just couldn’t put down. Her Casteel series was the same way or at least the first two books. These books were influences, and I wanted to write something that would keep readers hooked just like those books did for me. Let’s face it there are so many books out there, too many self published authors these days trying to break in like I am. So we try. We can only try. We write and we try.
I spent years writing Love Child. I began to write in on paper many times during the nineteen nineties. I began it over so many times, that I gave up on it more than once. I didn’t do that, and I’m glad I didn’t. I finally had the book self published on April 2011, but I recently had it re edited with the new cover I posted here this year. The book is in the Suspense genre and some readers have said that they couldn’t put it down when they read it. In that sense I did accomplish a small feat of what I hoped to do. I say small because I am still hoping to get the book in the hands of more readers. Hey many more readers.
The story is not only fiction it covers many themes. It’s a family drama. Tommy Hulette the protagonist has to overcome a lot in the story. Some things he overcomes are emotional. It is a very emotional story. But its not a story I wrote just for the sake of making it an emotional story to get a cheap reaction. I feel the need to point that out, because as I have been searching for agents, and publishers who I hope to interest in my series, one of them point out that they accept rape in their stories, but not pedophilia rape told by the author just for the sake of getting a thrill.
I emphatically insist that this is not what Love Child is about. Love Child covers many themes. Suicide, abandonment, and rape are among the themes in Love Child, but in no way is Love Child just some rape story. It’s a fiction story yes, but these themes are not only used to enhance the story they are used to bring attention to the many issues the book covers. A lot of real life issues that I mention bullying being one of those issues too.
Love Child is the story of Tommy Hulette who lives in the ghetto, and he loses his mother to suicide which will turn his life upside down. She had suffered from depression, from a life of frustration being one of the reasons which leads to Tommy and his sister being abandoned by their remaining parent their father. He sends them to live with Tommy’s relative who winds up being his tormentor as he wants Tommy to kill himself too. Tommy is victimized but must fight for his survival even as he struggles to keep his sister safe.
The cover I posted here is the third cover for this edition. I like this cover better, and it certainly fits the suspense of the story. It’s probably safe to throw in some horror as well.