Monday, March 01, 2010

My Mother's Child Blog Tour - Day One


My Mother’s Child Blog Tour with Dwan Abrams
Dwan Abrams is a full-time novelist, freelance editor, and publisher. She’s the best-selling author of My Mother’s Child (the sequel to Divorcing the Devil), Married Strangers, Divorcing the Devil, Only True Love Waits, and The Scream Within. She’s the founder, publisher, and editorial director of Nevaeh Publishing, LLC a small press independent publishing house. She’s currently signed to Urban Christian, an imprint of Urban Books/Kensington. Her sixth novel, the second book in the Married Series, is set to hit national bookshelves in 2011.

List your published books. 

My Mother’s Child, Married Strangers, Divorcing the Devil, Only True Love Waits, and The Scream Within.  I also have an ebook on self-publishing and small presses.
Which book did you find the hardest to birth? 

My Mother’s Child was the hardest to birth because of the subject matter.  I had to write from the male perspective when dealing with the deranged stalker and the husband of one of his victims.  That was challenging.

Which book is your current favorite? 

My Mother’s Child because of the unexpected outcome.

How would you describe your writing style? 

According to Robert Frost, “Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying. It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward."  I used to consider myself to be a “seat of the pants” writer.  I just sat down and wrote as the ideas came to me.  As I grow and change, so have my preferences.  I now prefer to do character sketches and brief outlines.  Nothing too detailed.  Just enough to give me a well-rounded view of the characters and keep the story at an even pace. 

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind? 

No.  Since I get most of my writing done at night, I usually turn on the TV with the volume down low.  Other times I prefer silence.
Tell us anything about you as a writer that you think might be interesting or unusual. 
I’m actually shy.   
What advice do you have for aspiring writers? 
Read a lot and study the craft.  Don’t fall so in love with your work that you can’t take constructive criticism.
Writers are often encouraged to write what they know. Have you found that to be the case with your writing? 
There may be little things that I’ll throw in here and there like locations and food preferences, but the premises of my stories aren’t pages from my life.


About the Book
Lyric Stokes lives, by most standards, a charmed life. Married to Michael Stokes, a prominent heart surgeon, she has financial security and lives in the lap of luxury. All is not perfect, though. Lyric feels inadequate because she gave birth to a daughter, rather than the son that her husband so desperately wanted.
After an unexpected turn of events, Lyric discovers that she’s pregnant again, but now she has to decide whether she even wants to keep the child she has longed for. She seeks solace in her church, where her daughter also feels at home; but they can’t get Michael to join them. Disagreeing with organized religion, he has put his job before all else, including God. The distance between the couple grows further every day.
Nigel Fredericks has a history of stalking women. He’s been accused, but never convicted. Now he’s set his sights on Lyric. She’s at a low point in her life, and Nigel knows just how to take advantage of that vulnerability. Lyric’s life is turned upside down; Nigel is like a cancer eating away at her mental stability, her marriage, and ultimately, her life. Will Michael reevaluate his priorities and his faith in time to save his family?


Listen to an excerpt from My Mother’s Child

Visit Dwan online at http://dwanabrams.com.

View the blog tour schedule and read an excerpt at http://bit.ly/MyMothersChild

4 comments:

Ty said...

Rhonda,
Thank you for hosting Dwan Abrams on Urban Christian Fiction Today.

Missy said...

thanks for introducing this author to me the name and works are a first for me. As an avid reader and book collector I will be adding this one to my shelf...Thanks again!

Dwan Abrams said...

Thanks for participating in my blog tour, Rhonda. I love your Urban Christian Fiction Today! Always such good stuff. Keep up the great work!

@Missy--I'm delighted to have made your acquaintance. Thanks in advance for your support.

Sharon Ball said...

I'm enjoying learning more about Dwan through this fabulous blog tour. Great interview, Dwan and Rhonda!