September 1, 2015

Buzzin’ about with NAACP Image Award Nominee Kimberla Lawson Roby

Hello Kim! Thank you for allowing me to spotlight you on All the Buzz. You are one of my favorite authors, so it is truly a pleasure to “speak” with you one on one.

You are very kind, and thank you so very much for the opportunity!

First, tell me about your newest release, The Perfect Marriage.

The Perfect Marriage by Kim RobyTHE PERFECT MARRIAGE is a story about addiction, deception and family secrets. The protagonists, Derrick and Denise Shaw, have been married for 15 wonderful years, they have a beautiful daughter, six-figure incomes, and a gorgeous home, but they are also dangerously addicted to drugs—Denise to prescription drugs and Derrick to cocaine.

What are your writing habits? Do you have to have complete silence or do you have music playing? Do you only write at certain times of the day? Set the mood for us. :-)

Oh my goodness…I have to have total and complete silence the entire time I’m writing! Over the years, I’d heard a number of authors say that music really helps set certain scenes for them, but when I tried it, I realized I couldn’t concentrate nearly as well as when it’s quiet. Then, as far as when I write, I’m not an early riser, so I begin late morning and continue well into the evening. Also, when I’m writing my first draft, I normally work no less than 10 hours a day and sometimes as much as 12 hours.

Since you started your writing career, have you ever questioned God about the course of your life/literary journey?

The only time I questioned God about my literary career was just before I began writing my 10th novel, SIN NO MORE. This was also the 5th title in my Reverend Curtis Black Series. I couldn’t figure out why I suddenly felt hesitant about writing and why I questioned if maybe it was time for me to do something else. I went into deep prayer, though, and when the answer came, this was when I decided to stop using profanity in my work. I never used it a lot, anyway, but since I don’t use profanity myself, I realized using even one or two words here and there wasn’t necessary and that it didn’t represent who I am as a person. That was 8 books ago, and I have been comfortable with my writing journey ever since.

Is there a story about the writing of this book that just begs to be told?

Well, this was the first and only book where I’ve not written the full first draft every day, back to back until I finished it. I never like taking breaks when writing the first draft because I like the entire story to remain fresh in my mind at all times. But in this case, I wrote the first half, then had two foot surgeries, one in November and the other in December. So, it wasn’t until after 8 weeks of recovery that I was able to finish up THE PERFECT MARRIAGE. After that, I was finally able to move on two rewrites and edits.

Of all your novels, which was the hardest to write and why?

IT’S A THIN LINE was probably the hardest, but it was also the most therapeutic. This is the only story where I based one of the main characters on myself (Sydney) and Sydney’s mom, Delores, on my mom who actually did have a benign brain tumor and passed away. Watching my mom deteriorate and then losing the most important person in my life, next to God, was the most devastating experience of my life. It did help to write about it, though, so I’m very glad I did.

Are any of your stories based on real life experiences?

Yes, the story I mentioned above, IT’S A THIN LINE.

Thank you again for allowing me to spotlight you on All the Buzz. Any last words for those who are reading this interview?

Believe in God, believe in yourself, and believe in whatever you are trying to accomplish…believe in that order.

Many blessings to you & yours!

Read below to learn even more about Kimberla and also a list of her upcoming events:

Kim RobyNew York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 17 novels which include THE REVEREND’S WIFE, SECRET OBSESSION, LOVE, HONOR, and BETRAY, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR, A DEEP DARK SECRET, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, ONE IN A MILLION, SIN NO MORE, LOVE & LIES, CHANGING FACES, THE BEST-KEPT SECRET, TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, A TASTE OF REALITY, IT’S A THIN LINE, CASTING THE FIRST STONE, HERE AND NOW, and her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, and which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press. Her novels have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times and those in USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble,, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few and both BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and CASTING THE FIRST STONE were #1 Blackboard bestsellers for four consecutive months in both 1997 and 2000. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the #1 Blackboard Best-selling book for paperback fiction in 1997.

In addition, Kimberla’s first novel was nominated for Blackboard’s 1998 and 1999 Fiction Book of the Year Award, and she received the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE. She is also the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011 recipient of the Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the recipient of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, and her fifth novel, A TASTE OF REALITY, was a 2004 finalist for the Atlanta Choice Awards sponsored by the Atlanta Daily World. Additionally, TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING received a 2004 Patron Choice Award from the Central Mississippi Regional Library System, and in 2001, Kimberla was inducted into the Rock Valley College (Rockford, IL) Alumni Hall of Fame.

Each of Kimberla’s novels has dealt with very real issues, including corruption within the church, social status, gambling addiction, infidelity, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry and jealousy, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental illness, care-giving of a parent, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, overweight issues, and female illnesses to name a few.

Kimberla resides in Illinois with her husband, Will. Her 18th and 19th novels, THE PERFECT MARRIAGE (January 8) and A HOUSE DIVIDED (May 7), will be released in 2013.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013
7:00 PM
Barnes and Noble
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
7:00 PM
Barnes and Noble
396 John R. Road
Troy, MI 48083

Thursday, January 10, 2013
7:00 PM
Books A Million
Regency Park
9400 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Friday, January 11, 2013
7:00 PM
Books A Million
Pinebrook Shopping Center
3960 Airport Boulevard
Mobile, AL 36608

Saturday, January 12, 2013
2:00 PM
Huntsville-Madison County Public Library
915 Monroe Street
Huntsville, AL 35810

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  1. Yvonne Jackson says:

    I love Kimberla and just when I thought I couldn’t love her anymore I became a FB friend early and it’s the main reason why she should be chosen as the NAACP Awards recipient …unlike all of the authors that I am also friends with, Kimberla is the only one that directly answers posts personally. I think that is the best show of NAACP representation by far. Recently she recommended a relative that writes also and she also replied to my posts personally as well and I know it’s because Kimberla is THE role model in the world of writing and committed to her fan base both professionally and personally! If can vote 4 her this is it … congratulations Kimberla, naming and claiming you selection.
    s/n: I hope to meet her next year, I’m determined !!!

  2. Linda Chavis says:

    Enjoyed the interview and will be reading the book !!!

  3. Hi Renee, this was a great interview and I’m so happy you were able to spotlight one of my favorite writers.

    Kimberla, my entire household loves your work! We all own personal copies because we are not willing to share our books…LOL! Thanks for sharing a bit about your writing process and some insights to your books. I can’t wait for the upcoming releases.

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