Tell us about yourself
I’m 5 foot 4 with dark chocolate skin and long dark hair, I like long walks on the beach and…no I’m kidding! I’m a Jamaican Canadian author living in Toronto. I used to be an event planner but in the last couple of years I have switched to working with youth. I am currently finishing up studies in the area of child and youth work and look forward to being in the field full time soon. When not writing or studying or working I love to be outdoors, hiking, camping or trying out some new sport. But above all of that is my faith in Christ which is really the centre of my life. I guess it pretty much defines me. I try to make sure He is reflected through me in everything I do.
What books are on your nightstand or you recently read?
Funny you should say that, because the stack is threatening to fall over soon! My Bible is on top of everything, but there’s also a book called Child Guidance by Ellen G White and The Hanging of Angelique by Afua Cooper. I also just got through reading Sherri Lewis’ Selling My Soul which I read in 2 days on my kindle. It’s a crazy mix, I know!
When did you begin to realize you wanted to write?
I don’t know if I realized I wanted to write as much as I just started writing. I think I wrote my first chaptered story when I was in high school. And I never wrote thinking, I want to be an author someday. I just wrote because it was something I loved doing and because I enjoyed creating a world of characters and seeing what could become of them. It wasn’t until much later – more than ten years later actually – that it occurred to me to try writing a full length novel with the goal of having it published.
Tell us about your journey to publication
I guess you can say I was one of the lucky ones. I prefer to think that I was one of the blessed ones, because I really do belief that this opportunity, to write at a level where thousands of other people have the chance to read my work, is a gift from God. I wrote my first full length novel somewhere around 2008 or 2009. After editing and re-editing and reading a lot about how to query publishers and agents, I made a list of all the publishers and agents who published books like the one I was writing and who also accepted unsolicited manuscripts. It was a short list, but thankfully my current publisher, Kensington Books was on it. They read my query and first few chapters and asked to see the whole manuscript. After that I didn’t hear from them for months. But in January 201o they offered me a contract. The rest is history.
How many books have you written and list the titles?
I currently have two titles out: Man Enough For Me, which came out February 2011, and One Way or Another, which was published February 2012. My third title Get You Good will be in stores very soon, March 26.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I have no idea! Five years ago, if you had asked me this question, I never would have been able to predict all the things that have happened. In the past five years I have published two novels, moved to Southeast Asia and back, changed careers and totally changed perspectives. I will probably still be writing, but everything else is up for grabs.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Don’t stop writing. Write when you have a contract, and write when you don’t. Write when you feel like writing and write when you don’t. Write when there’s a thousand people to read your work and write when it’s just you. Make writing as regular a part of your life as eating and sleeping. That’s how you get better at your craft, and that’s how you prepare to be a published writer. No publisher is looking for a one book author, so prepare to be an author that a publisher can invest in.
Sydney Isaacs has two priorities: her family, and Decadent, the gourmet pastry business they founded almost three generations ago. But both are in jeopardy when her brother, Dean, announces his sudden marriage to the conniving Sheree Vern. Furthermore Dean’s inheritance of the ownership of Decadent from their father, despite Dean’s lack of interest, leaves Sydney with few options. Now Dean and Sheree are selling the store to finance his music dreams—or so Dean believes… Thanks to Sheree, Dean’s plans, the business, and his marriage, soon implode in ways he never expected—leaving Sydney determined to salvage whatever she can and fix the mess left behind. Her only solace is her romance with Hayden Windsor. But Hayden is Sheree’s half brother and it doesn’t take long for Sydney to wonder: what if Hayden knew about Sheree’s scheming all along? Soon Sydney creates a deception of her own to find out the truth. Her strategy is working, until the consequences threaten to destroy everything she values most—including her faith. Overcome with guilt, can she make things right with her brother, with Hayden, and with God?
About the Author
Rhonda Bowen is a writer and event planner living in Toronto. She enjoys spending time with her family, trying on shoes she can’t afford, and enjoying life’s unexpected twists and turns. You can reach her by dropping a note in the comment box below or emailing her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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