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Intimate Conversation with Kimberla Lawson Roby

New York Times Bestselling Author & Speaker, Kimberla Lawson Roby, has published 28 books which include her faith-based, nonfiction title, THE WOMAN GOD CREATED YOU TO BE: Finding Success Through Faith—Spiritually, Personally, and Professionally, as well as her novels, such as BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, SIN OF A WOMAN, A SINFUL CALLING, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL, A CHRISTMAS PRAYER, THE PRODIGAL SON, THE PERFECT MARRIAGE, THE REVEREND’S WIFE, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR, SIN NO MORE, CASTING THE FIRST STONE, and her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press.

Kimberla Lawson Roby has sold nearly 3 Million copies of her books, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence, Upscale, Black Christian News,, Barnes and Noble,, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, The Austin Chronicle and many others.

Over the years, Kimberla has spoken to thousands of women at conferences, churches, expos, workshops, luncheons, libraries, colleges, universities and bookstores. She shares her own personal journey straight from her heart and has a strong passion toward helping women become all that God created them to be.

Kimberla is a professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), she is the 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, the recipient of the 2017 SOAR Radio Trailblazer of Honor award, the 2017 Southwest Florida Reading Festival Distinguished Author award, the 2016 Black Pearls Magazine Author of the Year, the 2017 AAMBC Christian Fiction Author of the Year award and the 2014 AAMBC Female Author of the Year award, the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 African-American Literary Awards Show (New York, NY) Female Author of the Year award, the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE, and in 2001, Kimberla was inducted into the Rock Valley College Alumni Hall of Fame (Rockford, IL).

Kimberla’s books deal with very real issues, including women empowerment, sexual harassment, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, problems within the church (and the consequences), Christian/family/moral values, drug and gambling addiction, marriage, infidelity, single motherhood, breast cancer, infertility, sibling rivalry, domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, mental illness, and the care-giving of a parent to name a few.

In addition, Kimberla’s books offer a message of redemption, forgiveness, and the realities of everyday life.

Kimberla resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.

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BPM: Why did you decide to write your non-fiction title, The Woman God Created You to Be: Finding Success Through Faith—Spiritually, Personally, and Professionally?
Interestingly enough, I never thought I would write or publish any nonfiction books. Especially since, for more than two decades, I’ve always written fictional stories. But in October 2016, after waking up with the words Hearing God’s Call and Finding Your Purpose at the forefront of my thinking, I knew God had given me those words for a reason.

At first, I thought they were going to become the title of the book itself, but as it turned out, they became the title of one of the chapters. It’s important for me to say, too, that no matter how much I tried to push the idea of writing a nonfiction book out of my mind, I didn’t find peace until I moved forward with it.

BPM: Tell us a little about your creative process. Do you use a computer or write out the story by hand?
I always outline my books and then write one chapter at a time in the exact sequence that those chapters will appear in the final book. I use my computer, and for my first draft, I try to write no less than one chapter per day. Then, when my book is complete, I work on rewrites and revisions.

BPM: Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips self-care for creative folks?
It definitely can be, but the key to dealing with stress is to find balance and to incorporate that balance—in all areas of our lives. This is something I struggled with for years, and it is also the reason I wrote a chapter in The Woman God Created You to Be, entitled “Suffering in Silence, Mentally and Emotionally.”

BPM: What was the most challenging part about telling your own story?
For me, the hardest part about writing this book was having to relive some of the very trying and painful times I have experienced in my own life. But what I ultimately realized was that, if I wanted to help other women in a way that I had been praying for, being transparent and sharing my own personal stories was very necessary.

BPM: How did writing this non-fiction book and publishing it yourself differ from writing your novels?
So normally, I start with a story idea, then I create my characters and write a detailed outline. But for this book, my initial outline involved creating all the chapter titles. I basically outlined my table of contents, and then I began writing very short synopses of those chapters. Writing full chapters on nonfiction topics is very different from writing fictional scenes.

BPM: Share one specific point in your book that resonated with your present situation or journey.
We should always be okay with saying, “no,” and we should never feel obligated to say, “yes,” when we know we’re exhausted, overworked, and overwhelmed. We should never have to apologize for saying, no, and while I’m much better in this regard than I used to be, every now and then, I still feel as though I should apologize for not doing what others want me to do.

BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Readers can visit my web site or any of my social media pages:



The Woman God Created You to Be: Finding Success Through Faith— Spiritually, Personally, and Professionally by Kimberla Lawson Roby



Kimberla Lawson Roby admits that for years, she wasn’t being the real woman God created her to be. Yes, she has always loved God and tried her best to honor Him, but what she eventually discovered was that building and maintaining her own personal relationship with God—and making Him her top priority—was the key to finding joy in all areas of her life.

Now, in The Woman God Created You to Be, Kimberla has bravely—and transparently—written about her flaws, fears, and failures, as well as her faith, courage, and successes.

From experiencing divorce to marrying her soulmate of twenty-nine years…from hopelessly searching for the perfect job to becoming a New York Times bestselling author…from suffering in silence with anxiety to concentrating on self-care…from struggling with the loss of her mom to finding strength, comfort, peace. and understanding—Kimberla takes you on a journey that will help you do the following:

  • Become the Best Spiritual You (Seven Days Per Week)
  • Become the Best Personal You (Mentally, Emotionally, and Physically)
  • Become the Best Professional You (Without Jeopardizing Your Faith)

Kimberla reminds us that when we trust and depend on God—heart, mind, and soul—He will empower us to do more than we ever thought imaginable. He will help us see that we are more than enough, and that He has already given us everything we need to become the women He created us to be—spiritually, personally, professionally…and beyond.

Kimberla’s books have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, ESSENCE, and Publishers Weekly magazines,, Barnes & Noble, Walmart and many others.

About the Author
Kimberla Lawson Roby
is a New York Times Bestselling Author & Speaker who has published 28 books, including Casting the First Stone, Better Late Than Never, A Christmas Prayer, It’s a Thin Line, and her debut title, Behind Closed Doors, which she originally self-published through her own company.

Over the years, Kimberla has spoken to thousands of women at churches, conferences, luncheons, libraries, colleges, and universities where she candidly shares her personal journey—hoping to help women become all that God created them to be. Kimberla resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.

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Nina Foxx, president of Clever Vixen Media, LLC on BAN Radio Show

Nina Foxx, president of Clever Vixen Media, LLC was a special guest on BAN Radio Show discussing the 2020 Writing Sisters Summit–In The Sands.

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The Writing Sisters Summit was born in 2019 with the intent of bringing together writers, male and female, who want to hone their craft with and learn from other writers.

In 2020, The Retreat will take to the Sands of Taos, NM, featuring workshops by Seattle based NAACP Image award nominated writer, playwright and filmmaker, Nina Foxx, along with several of the writer-friends that she met through the course of her twenty years as a published author.

Nina created the summit with the intent of spurring creativity and creating community among writers that want to deepen and expand their craft and learn how to prepare their work for publishing.

Foxx says “When we used to get book tours, I’d cross paths with other writers on the way to the independent bookstores and we had a community to help encourage us and learn. They felt like a family of close coworkers in an otherwise solitary occupation and we helped each other be more creative. The death of the indie bookstore has basically killed those bookstores and that connection, too. I want to re-create that.”

This year’s summit adds a wellness component reflecting Nina’s belief that strengthening the mind-body connection will help one focus on craft while understanding the underlying motivations for what is put on the page.

About the Location

Blue Sky Retreat and Bed & Breakfast at the historic San Geronimo Lodge is located in the enchanted beauty of Taos, New Mexico. The property has 18 bedrooms, a swimming pool and a hot tub, a labyrinth and a meditation path on 3 beautiful acres just two miles from Taos Town Square. It is located 30 min away from Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire Resort.

The San Geronimo Lodge was built in 1925 in the style of a Grand Lodge, with vast common rooms high ceiling with traditional vistas, rambling verandas and winding portals-all situated on the 3.5 acres of natural serenity. Fruit tree abound the banks of the Acequia Madre which rambles through the grounds and many miles of the Carson National Forest are just a short walk away.

Built in native adobe, the San Geronimo Lodge truly offers the best of both worlds- historic ambiance and charm with all the comfort and convenience of modern day accommodations.

Every morning, the amazing chef-owner, Marina, prepares a full gourmet country breakfast for the guests with tender love and care. Homemade cookies, biscuits, or breads are served, warm from the oven, with the days special hot entrée, selected juices and freshly brewed coffee and tea.

Seattle resident Nina Foxx is the author of over 17 works in multiple genres. She has won multiple African-American Literature Awards, is an NAACP Image Award nominee and was short-listed for a Doctorow Award in Innovative Fiction.

As a filmmaker, she has produced works that have been selections at numerous film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, HBO’s Run & Shoot Film Festival and The Urban MediaMakers Film Festival.

Nina has produced several plays based on her books, with the help of grants from the City of Seattle. She and her husband Barry own Clever Vixen Media. Together they produce literary events.

An Engineering psychologist by trade, she works at a major media company in User Experience and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences. She volunteers her time on the local and national level promoting STEAM careers for under-served youth, often focusing on the value of storytelling in technology occupations.

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Black from Scratch by Chalet Jean-Baptiste

Ella D. Curry, president of EDC Creations Media Group is featured in the beautiful coffee table art book Black from Scratch!

Black from Scratch honors the roots, history and legacy of our people. We celebrate our stories from Africa to the Caribbean to America.

Our stories do not begin with slavery. Our stories date back to kings and queens, warriors and war princesses.

We know the Black story to be RESILIENT. We recognize the Black spirit as STRONG and POWERFUL. We have been a part of and witnessed Black EXCELLENCE.

We want to be a part of that history that honors the legacy and lives of those who are proud to be Black from Scratch.

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Chalet A. Jean-Baptiste was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she first developed her love for issues surrounding Black people and her passion for writing.

At 19 years old, she wrote, directed, and co-produced the Off-Broadway play, The Sound of Love’s Fire, which ran for a month and received awards and media recognition. After graduating from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania, she began her career as a magazine and financial writer for TIAA-CREF in New York City.

She later worked in the media relations and marketing department. While working at TIAA, she began teaching at Medgar Evers College as an adjunct instructor. This spurred a newfound passion for teaching and she has been teaching ever since.

She currently works at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Manassas campus as an Associate Professor of English, where she teaches English, literature, African-American Literature, Poetry, Short Story, Mythology, and a Communications class.

She is also the co-director of a mentoring program, WISE, focused on providing academic and leadership opportunities for young women.

Chalet earned a M.A. in English from Long Island University and a M.A. in Communications from New York Institute of Technology. She is currently working on her doctorate in Writing and Rhetoric at George Mason University.

She had served a judge for the Prince William County Arts Council and served on the board of CAPAC (Creative and Performing Arts Center, Inc.) in Woodbridge, Virginia.

She has traveled all over the world presenting on her areas of interests and research, including African-American rhetoric, Black images in the public sphere, Black activism, and pop art’s role in the lives of Black people.

In her spare time, she loves to write, travel, attend cultural events, and spend time with her family. She has three beautiful children and lives in Northern Virginia.


Black Dresses Stain by Chalet A. Jean-Baptiste

Black Dresses Stain by Chalet A. Jean-Baptiste

For any woman who’s ever loved someone. This books celebrates the stories of women who has loved and lost, adored and despised, been loyal and betrayed.

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Black Dresses Stain by Chalet Jean-Baptiste is for any woman who has ever loved a man. Every woman who has ever loved and hated; adored and despised; been loyal and betrayed; been in love and left alone; and had to find themselves again has issues they hide, emotions they deny and feelings that are difficult to reconcile – especially in today’s society.

The stories portray different woman and their lives – each of them struggling to carry on while hiding insecurities, secrets, and lies. Each of them triumphs in different ways. Each of them takes you on a journey – to feel what they feel but can never say. Embrace each character, breathe for them, and let yourself live again!

Chalet Jean-Baptiste was on BAN Radio Show

Listen to the BAN Radio interview with host Ella D. Curry and Chalet Jean-Baptiste. Chalet is the author of Black from Scratch, Black Dresses Stain and ReLive. Listen from the BAN Radio page:

This was one of my most powerful shows of 2019! We addressed so many issues, such as generational curses/conflicts, losing one’s self in relationships, the damage of sexual molestation, finding forgiveness, family secrets, etc.



Our new Crown Holders bookstore is up and running! The shelves are stocked with great gift selections. Did you know you can send anyone a book gift via email. Yes! They don’t even need a Kindle to read the book.

Check out our new book shelves:

Come by and explore new releases and a few classic novels.

I placed all of the books that were featured in Black Pearls Magazine in one place:

Here are all of the books that were sent to Black Pearls as ARCs, review copies or were purchased by Sankofa Lit readers.

There are about 20 books on this list that will come out in 2020 that are a part of a series we read in 2019. Pre-orders are an author’s best friend.


Seducing the Pen – Black History Month Showcase

Seducing the Pen – Black History Month Showcase
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Each year thousands of people – educators, concerned parents, community leaders, authors, poets and publishers – devote their time and resources to presenting the reader with great books! However, too many outstanding books do not get the attention and reader support that they deserve. We want to help with this state of affairs, so we encourage readers to purchase books to give as gifts 365 days a year.

Featured Authors and Books

  • The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II by Leonard Pitts Jr.
  • My Last Baggage Call Aboard Air Force One: A Journey of Sacrifice, Service, Family, and Friendship by Glenn W. Powell
  • The Wolf Queen Series by Cerece Rennie Murphy
  • Failure to Protect by Pamela Samuels Young
  • The Last Tribe of Levi: Richmond, Virginia by Karen Sloan-Brown

Historical Pearl Page Recorded Readings

  • Seeds of Deception by Arlene L. Walker
  • The Caged Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas
  • Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones

All of the books featured during Black Books Weekend can be found right here:

Books make incredible gifts for our young readers too! I curated a list to get you started. More books added as we review them:

Please share with your family and friends.

EDC Creations is proud to announce readers to awesome writers who write with purpose and have profound messages in their books! Our goal is to help improve our visibility in the reading world. Our tours are geared toward introducing authors to avid readers!

Readers can visit the main tour page and find out more about each author:

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