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
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.
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!