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It’s A Book Thing Presents: An Interview with Denise Giddings, author of Contradictions

Author’s Bio:  Denise Giddings was born in Illinois and
currently resides in Texas. She enjoys reading, writing, coffee, and hanging
out with friends. She is a business major who is using writing to tap into her
creative side.

 

Her
debut novel, Boomerang, has garnered rave reviews and established her as
an author to watch and read. Writing both romantic suspense and contemporary
romance, Denise is following Boomerang with a series.

 

The
first book in The Girlfriend Series, Contradictions, sizzles with steam,
romance, and suspense. The series follows three girlfriends as they grapple
with the ups and downs of life and love. Book II in the series will debut at
the end of 2022. Aptly titled, Just Sex, leaves little to the
imagination! Book III of the series, The Affair, will answer the
question, can love conquer all, including infidelity?

 

Denise
writes books with a happy-ever-after that leave you smiling and thinking about
the characters long after you have completed the book.

 

Deliah
Lawrence: What inspired you to write your book?


Denise
Giddings:
I
wrote this book because I wanted to explore the relationship between
girlfriends, in a romantic suspense, that love and support each other while
grappling with the ups and downs of love and life.

 

DL: What
is your writing process?


DG: I typically will explore a story
idea from beginning to end, in my head. Then I will complete a detailed outline
of the main points of the story. I then write the chapters that are most
interesting first, followed by filling in the gaps. I write early morning and
weekends.

 

DL: What
do you think makes a good story?


DG: In my opinion, a good story has a
great plot, a hero/heroine, and an antagonist that you love to hate. I also
like believable characters that have flaws and a variety of tropes that keep
things interesting.

 

DL: What
were some of the challenges when writing this book?


DG: I was challenged in writing this
book by the fact that it is my second book. I wanted to write a believable
story that was better than my first story. I also wanted to ensure that I was
true to the personality of each of the girlfriends.

 

DL: What
was the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

DG: The best advice that has been
given about writing is simply, write. My mom was my biggest cheerleader and
encouraged me to pursue my dream of being a published author.
 

DL: If you were hosting a dinner
party which three authors would be your dream guests and why?


DG: This is a difficult question and
one that I have to take a little liberty with and give you four individuals:

  • Emily
    Bronte

    I’m intrigued about her ability to write about passion and love when she never experienced
    either.
  • William
    Shakespeare

    I’d like to know more about his inspiration, creative process, and his own
    love/marriage.
  • Myron
    Golden
    – An
    oddity I know, but I am impressed with his ability to understand and interpret
    the Bible in such an enlightening and practical way for life and business.
  • Dr.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    – I
    would like to know what motivated him to risk his life and that of his family
    to fight for freedom and equal rights. I’d also like to know what he would
    think of the world today.
     

DL: What tips would you give to aspiring
writers?
 

DG: I would tell all aspiring authors
to write your stories and don’t worry about perfection. Do your best, learn
your craft, and be true to yourself and your characters.

 

DL: Would
you like to share an excerpt from Contradictions?


DG: Yes. See below:

 

“I
really had a good time.  Thank you for
spending your free time with me,” she said as she awkwardly extended her hand
for him to shake.

“Thank
you.  I enjoyed your company and getting
to know you better.”

He
said this as he ignored her extended hand and stepped closer to her.  Once again, she felt the uneasiness in her
stomach.  With one effortless move, he
pulled her to him with his right hand and placed his left hand behind her head,
as he guided her to his lips.  He
thrusted his tongue into her mouth. 
Without hesitation, she responded to his kiss.  It was full of hunger and passion; unlike any
she had experienced before.  He sucked
her tongue as he held her close.  She
heard a moan escape her lips, or perhaps it was her imagination.  She didn’t know.  The kiss lasted much longer than it should
have.  When Michael pulled away, Yvette
remained motionless, unable to explain what had just happened.  He released his grip on her waist.  She opened her eyes and just stared at
him.  He cupped her face with both his
hands and looked into her pupils.

“Peter
was wrong.  You are full of passion.  He just didn’t know how to access it.”

He
brushed her lips, gently with his, and whispered in her ear, “Sweet dreams,
Thompson,” and left.

 

DL: What
new projects are you currently working on?


DG: My next stand-alone romantic
suspense novel is Secrets. It will debut later in September 2022.
At the end of November 2022, I will release the second book in the Girlfriend
Series, Just Sex. The third book in this series, The Affair, will
debut in the first quarter of 2023.

 

DL: Where
can readers learn more about you and purchase your book(s)?


DG: Readers can learn more here:

DL: Thanks so much for being here
with us today. I know my readers will enjoy getting to know you and your work.


DG: Thanks for having me!


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Originally Published on https://vocalexpressions.blogspot.com

Deliah Lawrence Attorney, Author, Blogger, Workshop Facilitator

Deliah Lawrence is a Maryland-based attorney and award-winning author of two romantic suspense novels (Gotta Let It Go and Gotta Get It Back) set in Baltimore. She’s also a blogger and workshop facilitator who writes poetry and short stories.

When Deliah isn’t writing, you can find her reading a book, indulging in her addiction to investigation discovery shows; or painting her yet-to-be exhibited oil artworks of landscapes, portraits or whatever else comes to her creative mind. Constantly on the go, she is also a member of the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland and Sisters in Crime.

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