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Glede, why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?
The funny thing is, I got into the psychological thriller genre by accident. It wasn’t until I became serious about my writing that I realized from a publishing perspective, books needed to fit within certain genres. The stories that intrigue me the most as a reader are the ones that have a bit of everything: secrecy, suspense, high stakes, and strong characters in extraordinary circumstances. It just so happens that those were also the kinds of stories I wanted to tell. I’m one of those readers who always need to understand motive and what drives characters to do what they do. Nothing makes me crazier than investing in a story and there is no payoff as far as motive. The psychological fiction genre allows me the luxury of delving into internal characterization as well as motive.
I have fun writing about female characters who seem to have it together on the surface but once you start digging, there’s that “holy cow” factor. I think any reader who picks up my books will find something they can relate to with the characters but I’m also cognizant of the fact that there aren’t many African-American authors writing in this genre or represented as heroines in psychological thrillers. As an author, I see an opportunity to explore something that hasn’t been tapped to its full potential.
Nina Kasai is a gorgeous, Ivy League educated executive who would do anything to keep her past a secret, even from her husband. Seventeen years ago, she ran for her life and the truth has been locked away in the pages of her hidden diary, and in the mind of a disturbed woman who will never tell—ever.
When Nina lands the cover of a prestigious business magazine however, she can no longer hide from the powerful enemy she escaped. Phillip Copeland wants to be the next Governor of Massachusetts and he’s not above using his power and influence to silence Nina. He warns her to keep quiet about what happened all those years ago—or else.
As the stakes are raised, both politically and personally, Nina realizes the only way to win this game is to tell the truth. But who will believe her since her diary has been destroyed, and the only other witness isn’t talking?
Nina’s one chance at reclaiming her life hinges on a dramatic courtroom battle where nothing is as it seems. And when the verdict is read, four lives will be forever altered.
Marc paced back and forth on the living room floor, his face laced with anger. It didn’t take long for Nina to discover the source of his wrath. He held up a photograph of Nina and Sonny Alvarez.
“Are you having an affair?” he asked, his jaw twitching.
Nina took two steps backwards, as if the damning photograph would cause her physical harm if she got close. She knew who had sent it and she berated herself for underestimating how low he could sink. By her way of thinking, Phillip figured if her marriage fell apart, she would come running to him and he could get her to do whatever he wanted. It’s the way he manipulated people: get them in a vulnerable state and then swoop in for the kill or make some grand sweeping gesture that would get you all happy, and before you realized what was happening, it was too late.
“That’s a strange question, Marc. When have I ever given you reason to think I was being unfaithful?”
“Never. Until now.”
“Babe, you’re getting worked up over nothing,” Nina said calmly. “Sonny and I are old friends from Stanford. I met him for lunch to discuss business.”
“On a Saturday? You said you were spending the weekend with Charlene. Look at the date on the bottom.” He shoved the photo into her hands.
“It was a quick, unplanned trip. Sonny works for a research company and Jack came to me with the idea of hiring his firm. I told Jack I would take care of it because of my connection to Sonny. I wanted to get it out of the way—one less thing on my plate during the work week.”
“Why haven’t I heard about this Sonny until now? And if there’s nothing going on, why lie to me about going to Charlene’s?”
“I already explained that, Marc. I told Jack I would take care of it because I knew Sonny personally.”
“So your boss called you on a Saturday, mentioned this research firm and you just decided to hop on a plane to Baltimore, just like that?”
Nina wiped her sweaty palms on her skirt and took deep calming breaths.
“Marc, I swear I’m not having an affair with Sonny or anyone else.”
“Then can you please explain this? It came with the photographs.” He pulled out a white sheet of paper from his back pocket and handed it to her.
Your wife is a liar. You deserve the truth.
Author website: http://www.gledebrownekabongo.com
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