Kimberla won the NAACP Image Award for Fiction in February, 2013! 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.
The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for fifteen years, they have a wonderful daughter, Mackenzie, successful careers, and a beautiful house in a posh Chicago suburb. They are attractive, respected . . . and hiding a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs.
It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues. They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that’s what Denise would like to believe . . .
As her job becomes more stressful, Denise can no longer get through the day without a fix. Derrek realizes his harmless habit has become anything but, and desperately wants to get clean. However, his attempts are derailed when there is a sudden family tragedy. Once soul mates, now this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love that had been the cornerstone of their marriage. With her parents spiraling out of control, Mackenzie makes an unexpected move to take matters into her own hands. Is her sacrifice too late-or is there still hope? Is there a final chance to save the Shaw family?
BPM: What topics does your latest book address? Why?
My latest book, THE PERFECT MARRIAGE, centers on addiction, deception and hidden secrets. Derrick and Denise Shaw have what most would consider the American dream—a great marriage, six-figure jobs, a beautiful daughter and a dream home—except one of them is using Vicodin a lot more than necessary and the other is experimenting with cocaine.
Listen to a interview discussing THE PERFECT MARRIAGE by Kimberla Lawson Roby
BPM: You believe in:
I believe in God, myself and in whatever I am trying to accomplish, and most importantly, I believe in that order.
BPM: You are humbled by:
I am humbled by God, my husband, my family, my friends, and my readers.
BPM: Faith allows you to:
My faith in God allows me to do a good number of things that I would never have the courage to do on my own.
BPM: When you are afraid, you will:
When I am afraid, I turn to God for direction and all answers.
BPM: What surprised you the most about becoming…(parent, adult, business owner, etc.)
I am most surprised at becoming a novelist because writing was never a life-long dream of mine. I had always been encouraged by teachers in elementary, jr. high and high school and even by professors in college, but I never took their comments seriously.
BPM: What you learned from your readers:
I have learned from my readers that they are the ultimate reason I write one novel after another. They are the wonderful people who constantly support me and encourage me, and I am beyond grateful to them for everything.
BPM: Do you view writing as a gift or a career:
I view writing as both a gift and a career. I believe writing is a gift from God, which is the reason I pray for every writing session, and it is also a career because publishing books on any level is a business.
BPM: Advice you would give a new author:
Learn everything you can about the craft of writing and the business of publishing. Also, research and learn everything relating to promoting, marketing, publicizing a book.
BPM: Life’s greatest teacher is:
Life’s greatest teacher is the loss of a loved one.
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