|You Can’t Plan Love|
Synithia, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your new book. Tell us about You Can’t Plan Love.
control her love life with the same discernment she uses in her professional life.
rule a relationship, Kenyatta assumes marrying Brad Johnson will lead to a stable
life. But as much as she believes she can plan her future, it’s hard to ignore the
way her boss, Malcolm Patterson, ignites her passions with just one look. After
Malcolm learns of her engagement, he makes a play for her heart and reminds her
that passion between a man and a woman has its perks … but also its costs. When
Brad suspects there’s more than work between Kenyatta and Malcolm, he works harder
to keep Kenyatta by his side. Torn between her promise to marry Brad and her irrepressible
longing for Malcolm, Kenyatta must decide if she can live her life in a passionless
marriage of convenience or once again trust her heart. Yet Brad isn’t as perfect
as he seems, and by the time Kenyatta realizes this it may be too late.
firm with offices throughout the Southeast
in the industry?
but it wasn’t until 2010 that I decided to pursue publishing. I made a goal to finish
one of the many novels I started by the end of 2010, and then made another goal
in 2011 to revise and perfect my novel. The goal for 2012 was to query and see what
type of feedback I got. I still can’t believe my dream came true relatively quickly.
thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
Romance Writers of America and have plans to start attending my first writing conferences
this year. I’ve purchased several books on character development, plotting and even
writing steamier sex scenes. It’s important to me to get more books out there that
are even better than my first one.
site http://crimsonromance.com, PubRants
and The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing.
and my husband and I look at each other and smile.
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
was biology, so I took some fun electives (sociology of sex, history of jazz, and
public speaking for example) but I didn’t take a creative writing course.
mean to you as a writer?
to try and publish my first novel I thought the hardest part would be finding time
to write. Luckily, that wasn’t hard to do. My kids go to bed at 8:00 every night,
except on weekends. So it was easy to wait until they went to bed then write after
9. But, when you add in the social media aspect, it can impact your life throughout
the day. The need to check Facebook, Twitter and your blog. If I push that to 9
p.m. then I’m not writing until 10 or 11. I’m still learning to balance this so
at the moment I refuse to sign up for Tribbr, Pintrest or Google +.
or friends do ever end up in a book?
or friends do ends up in a book. Conversations I’ve had may spark an idea, or interests
of people I know may become interests of my characters.
done before (or while) you were a writer?
working in public service has its difficult days, I really enjoy my job. I help
develop air quality programs and water quality regulations that have a direct impact
on the quality of life where I live. When the bureaucracy gets me down, I get to
do fun projects with other “greenies” that promote green business practices and
personal sustainable behavior change. In 2010 our areas largest paper listed me
as one of the areas Green Queens, and although the title means every time someone
throws away a plastic bottle their calling my name, I love the fact that my efforts
you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
If someone hasn’t read a romance within the last ten years then I would say give
this book a try. Romances aren’t full of weak damsels in distress waiting on a strong
man to save them. That idea makes me want to gag. I wrote about the struggle for
a professional woman who’s been hurt in the past trying to pick a man based on reason
instead of romance. Kenyatta is also struggling between choosing her career over
the wishes of the man she thinks is perfect for her. These are real decisions that
women face daily that I think many can relate to.
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
to pursue publishing I started reading more contemporary romances. Everyone once
and awhile I’ll try something outside of the genre if it’s recommended. But if I
need to just relax and waste an afternoon, I’ll pick up a romance.
future of epublishing?
refused to buy an e-reader because I loved “real” books, bookstores, and libraries.
I still do, but I also love the convenience of e-books. For others like me who’ve
embraced ebooks and the convenience they provide, I can’t see epublishing as a fad
that will go away. Just like we evolved from VCRs, to DVD players to Netflix I think
it’ll be the same with books. The only difference is that some books will still
be worth having in a hard copy on a shelf.
holiday and why?
of Christmas without the hassle of buying gifts.
movie, who would you want to play you?
I do things as fast as possible.”
me to come up with “small talk,” but I’ve had to learn because I do a lot of networking
in my day job. Now I just ask a bunch of questions and try to get people to talk
in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and London.
just thinking about it makes my palms sweat.
with Swag! Details coming soon on my website.