Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sins of the Mother Blog Tour - Day One

Victoria Christopher Murray originally self published Temptation. “I wanted to write a book as entertaining as any book on the market, put God in the middle, and have the book still be a page-turner. I wasn’t writing to any particular genre – I didn’t even know Christian fiction existed. I just wanted to write about people I knew and characters I could relate to.”

Since Temptation, Victoria has written seven other novels and was a contributor to the first Christian fiction anthology, Blessed Assurance. She was also the Contributing Editor for the Aspire Women of Color Bible published by Zondervan in 2007.  All of her novels have continued to be Essence bestsellers.

In 2008, Victoria’s first novels in her Christian fiction teen series - The Divine Divas – were published.  “I was concerned with what our young ladies were reading.  I decided to do something about that – give them stories full of drama, but with a message.”  The Divine Divas has already been optioned to become a television series.

Victoria, from the resume above one can tell that you have a very successful writing career. In your own words introduce yourself to those who may be discovering you for the first time.
 Hmmm....what should I say about myself.  Well, my name is Victoria and I'm an author! (Insert group of authors saying, Hi Victoria.)  Anyway, I'm from New York, attended college in Virginia, now live between LA and DC and I love what I do.  What kind of books do I write?  Wow, that question has been the bane of my existence.  I write books from my heart, not meant to be assigned to any genre.

Sins of the Mother is your 8th adult novel . Tell us about it.
Well, my ninth adult novel, but who's counting.  Sins is the story of a mother's living nightmare.  I wanted to explore what happens to a mother (and father) when a child is lost and you have no idea is the child is dead or alive, if the child will ever be found.  Can you eat, sleep?  What do you do?  What do you think about?  How do you live?  Those are the questions....

This is the fifth novel  that includes the lovely Jasmine Larson Bush. Jasmine is known as a scheming man-stealer  who suffers from lapses of memory and/or can be very creative with the truth. Most of the trouble in Jasmine’s world she kind of brings on herself, not so in this novel. Share the inspiration for such a different story for Jasmine.
This novel came from all the readers who wrote and told me that Jasmine had to pay one day.  To them, I say, enjoy!  To the others, I say, aren't you glad that those of us who are made of flesh aren't God?

Would you share something about Victoria the writer or Victoria the person that readers might find interesting?
 I used to run marathons - is that interesting?  I've had my hip replaced, so I can't run anymore - is that interesting?  I read about fifty books a year - nah, that's not interesting.  Let me think of something else....still thinking....still thinking.....

Where will you be touring with Sins of the Mother?
 I won't be touring as much as I have with my previous novels.  Just a few cities now, way down from my twenty and thirty city tour days.  This is just a casualty of the market.

  About the Book
 Have the sins of the mother come upon the daughter?

Jasmine Larson Bush is finally living a drama-free life. She’s left her lying, cheating, stealing stripper days behind and is standing by her husband’s side as the first lady of one of the largest churches in New York City. The Bushes have been blessed with the best of everything—including two lovely children.

But just when Jasmine has committed her life completely to God, her daughter Jacqueline is kidnapped from a mall the day after Thanksgiving. The police and the church community join in the frantic search to find the four-year-old. As the days pass without any sign of her daughter, Jasmine begins to crack under the strain and turns to Brian Lewis, Jacqueline’s biological father, for solace.

Has Jasmine’s past finally caught up to her? Will her daughter be found or will Jasmine pay the ultimate price?

 Book Review

I posted my review of the novel a  few weeks ago. Click here to read.

View the blog tour schedule and read an excerpt at

1 comment:

Ty said...

Thanks, Rhonda! Your Q&A with Victoria was great ... and humorous.