The Impossible Possible by Deatri King-Bey

Please welcome Deatri King-Bey to my blog. She’s here to share details about The Impossible Possible, her latest release and an interracial romance.

Tell us about yourself.

I married my hero twenty-six years ago. We met on Dec. 27 and he declared we’d be married the following Jan. 4—and I believed him, but didn’t tell him that. My family is my life. I’m an avid reader, so my children grew up hearing and reading books. They still read—YEAH! I’m also a systems analysts who liked to write romance and dangerously sexy-suspense. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

What do you do for fun?

I’m a movie-aholic. It’s more than the movie for me. It’s the entire experience. When a weekend passes that there’s nothing out I want to see, I’m upset. I also like to play Gauntlet Dark Legacy with my grandson and daughter. We really need to find a new game we can do together. We’ve beat it with him at least three times. I read a lot also. I usually read a novel a week, but lately I’ve been reading nonfiction, which takes me longer to absorb.

What flowers would be in your ideal bouquet?

Clovers and dandelions. I know some consider them weeds, but I’ve always loved them.

Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?

Scandal, Walking Dead, NCIS, Sleepy Hallow, Almost Human, Criminal Minds, Major Crimes, Person of Interest… Wow, I watch entirely too much television.

Is there such a thing as too much sex in a romance novel?

Yes. Because sex is not romance. Romance is about the hero and heroine falling in love and getting to their happily ever after. In the books I enjoy, sex is involved in the process, but if the sex overshadows the couple falling in love, then it’s too much. You can have a romance with or without sex in the book. You can’t have a romance without the couple falling in love and having their happily ever after.

Which hero from your books would you absolutely not date and why?

Mike from Stolen Heart. He was a complete jerk, selfish and judgmental. Believe it or not, I don’t always like the characters I write, and he’s my least favorite hero. I didn’t change his personality to make him more likeable because my characters are quite real to me. I write them as they present themselves to me.

 

The Unspoken Battle

Sometimes I write Black romance. Sometimes I write Interracial Romance.  Sometimes I write other genres also. I’m an avid reader from way back and love to talk books. A few years ago, I noticed an unspoken war among readers and authors that baffles me.

You know how some non-Black readers say books by Black authors aren’t as good of quality as their books? Well, there’s the same type of thing going between readers and authors of Black romance and Interracial romance. Again, this isn’t everyone who reads and writes these genres, but it’s saddening.

I hear the snide negative comments from both sides and just don’t get it. If you don’t like the other genre, don’t read/write it, but also don’t put it or its readers down. When I was a child, Black dolls were rare. In the small town I grew up in, it was virtually impossible to get a black doll, so my dolls were white.

When I was around six, maybe seven, Black dolls came to town and my parents refused to buy us White toys again.  I understand their reasoning. Why settle for something else when what you want is available. Same goes with Black romance and Interracial romances. We no longer have to settle for somethig else.

But that brings me back to the part I don’t understand. Why the battle? Why put down the other genre? I just don’t get it. When I released The Impossible Possible, some told me to be ready for the backlash because the cover is a sexy Latino instead of a sexy hot chocolate man. Sure enough, The Impossible Possible has only been out a few weeks, and I’ve already received emails from readers wanting to know why I couldn’t have made Alejandro, the hero, Black.

In the past, I’ve received emails from IR readers asking why I didn’t just make the hero non-Black. STOP THE NONESENSE! Please. I just want to read and write great books.

On the positive side. I received an email from a reader who “only reads Black romance.” She’d thought I was going to make Alejandro a light skinned Black man, so she went ahead and purchased the book. As she got to reading, she realized Alejandro wasn’t Black, but continued reading and guess what… She loved The Impossible Possible.

So, I hope you all have been lucky to miss the unspoken battle. Go out there and read/write the books that you love and be happy with that.

Much Joy Peace and Love

Deatri King-Bey

Sometimes the Impossible Is Possible!

Bryanna Martin has given up on finding her happily ever after. The only way she’ll fall in love and marry is if God sends her Mr. Right to her door. Since she doesn’t believe that will happen, she devotes her life to her adopted son and career. Then the impossible happens, the perfect man literally shows up at her door. Drawn to the handsome stranger, Bryanna wonders if this is one impossible that can become possible.

Alejandro Montenegro, CEO of a Global 500 corporation, dropped everything to catch a flight and claim a son he didn’t know about. When he arrives, he discovers his child is not in foster care being abused, but in the loving care of a golden goddess. To spare his son from losing the only mother he has ever known, Alejandro decides to remain silent about his son’s paternity and pursue Bryanna, but then the impossible happens. He falls in love and knows she will leave him if she discovers his secret.

Purchase your copy today: Print and eBook (Kindle, ePub via Barnes & Noble)

I love hearing from readers. Follow me online: http://DeatriKingBey.com

Delaney, thank you so much for giving me the chance to get a few things off my chest and introduce my new title, The Impossible Possible. You are the greatest.


I was happy to host you, Deatri. Best wishes for much success with your new novel!

22 responses to “The Impossible Possible by Deatri King-Bey

  1. Deatri, I’ve been lucky enough to miss the unspoken battle you mentioned. I had no idea there was even a “battle” brewing. I write both AA and IR and have never had a reader approach me and question why I chose a particular race for a hero in one of my stories. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences and hopefully this “battle” will become a thing of the past sooner rather than later.

    • I pray you never see the battle yourself. This started for me back in 2007 when my first IR came out. I either had IR lovers emailing angry for having my heroine have grown up in the hood (saying she didn’t “DESERVE” the hero) or readers complaining that I had this white man go into the hood and take one of it’s Black women.

      Granted, the majority of the correspondence I receive is positive, but those few bad apples really annoy me to no end.

  2. Prejudice and discrimination are born from fear: Fear of the unknown or fear of not belonging. You keep on writing according the way your characters tell you their story and leave the insecurities for Dr. Phil or Iyanla.

  3. Great interview. I had no idea about the battle. I write Christian Fiction and we have wars going on as well. What author and books are more high church and which are low church. Who’s really writing for Jesus and who’s not. Ugh! I think it’s just how some people are. We live in a culture that tolerates diversity rather than embracing it and those drawn battle lines are the result of that thinking.

  4. It’s a shame before Jesus. Anything the secular world can flub up, the church can flub up better. Trust me it’s BAD!

  5. I had no idea about that battle either. The story premise sounds good and I’m going to check it out. Great interview.

  6. I don’t know about this unspoken battle but I do know I bought this book because I like the story’s premise and Deatri is one of my favorite authors.

  7. The last thing the literary world needs is another battle…just when it seemed as if the traditionally published/indie published war is cooling down…I agree, just write the story as you see it.

  8. lenahartwrites

    Great post, Deatri. I wasn’t aware of this unspoken battle either but thanks for putting it out there. I purposely try to leave off the “IR” label when I’m asked what I write because I feel books should be enjoyed for the story, not what color the characters are. Though I understand the need to identity IR vs AA at time, I do find that those labels can also be limiting. I write sensual contemporary romances. Period. Why can’t that be enough?

    (Btw, I’m a huge movie buff too =)

  9. belindaegreen

    I just had to stop and post! These freaking wars are a bit tiring to say the least. I say read what you like and keep your mouth shut about the other if it’s not your cup of tea. The story in all cases is what matters. The color of someone skin isn’t germane to a good story. I tell you these battles over who are what is best puts a lot of readers in very awkward positions which pisses me off because reading is for enjoyment and shouldn’t be about skin color competition.

    Wow the battle about the low and high church is a new one on me. But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because there are always battles royal about whose the “true” religion and will be on their way to heaven…..sigh! It never ends!

    Thanks for sharing Dee! Always a pleasure. Yep, picked up the book too. :-)

    Belinda G

  10. Charlette Davis

    Hello Deatri,
    I’ve been reading forever (thank you, Mama). It progressed from Harlequins to novels. I was one of those persons who had a problem with black characters meeting someone in the club and going home that night and having sex. That wasn’t reality for me.
    Now my favorites are you, Delaney, Marilynn, Dahlia, & Erosa to name only a few. My new complaint is the length of the books. I don’t like paying $4.99 for a sixty page book. So now I look for anthologies.
    I love IR and I read voraciously, so I need long books to justify spending ALL of my entertainment budget on eBooks.
    I enjoyed reading about you on the blog today. Thank you for sharing.
    Charlette

  11. I actually loved the Impossible Possible & can’t wait to read more about Diego, Bryanna & Alejandro family! I hope their is more books in the future, Bryanna twin sisters had me cracking up, straight divas!. One of my favorite books by Deatri’ King-’Bey is “The Only Option”! I love that book & can’t for Rachel (Jonah moms) story to be released! I have enjoyed all of your books! Keep them coming!