Friday, September 4, 2009

TAKE TEN: Author S. Dodson

Thinking about stepping out on your significant other? One read of the new book by author S. Dodson will give you something to think about before making what could be a costly mistake. The native of Arkansas has woven together a tale of love, lust and downright payback in CHEATING ON MY MISTRESS. What was inspired by a dream has come to life in a run read that book lovers will be easily drawn to. S. Dodson talked to Cyrus A. Webb of Conversations about the idea of the book, promoting it and what advice she has for aspiring writers.

Thanks for taking out a few minutes to talk with us. First of all, how does it feel to see your novel actually in print?
It feels great. I have a strong passion for writing. I enjoy the opportunity to share my works with the world.

What surprised you the most about the journey from having the idea, writing the story and the process to seeing it published?
I think I was must surprised with the time it takes to find a good book editor. Everything else flowed smoothly from beginning to end because I did some research about the book industry beforehand.

Have you gotten used to the promotional aspect yet?
Yes and No. Promoting your work is a job within itself. You have to stay on top of it or else your work will get lost in the pack.

Take us into the book CHEATING ON MY MISTRESS. It is a provacative title and an incredible read. Where did the idea come from?
The idea for Cheating On My Mistress came to me in a dream. The story is centered on the life of a retired NBA player named Carmelo Miller. He has the money, cars, wife and the home. He seems to have it all together, but doesn’t have the courage to talk to his wife about their sex life. Instead, he steps outside of his marriage to fill this void. This results in him meeting and starting a relationship with two other women: Augustine and Monique.

It seems like something that is ripped from the headlines with all of the scandals that have erupted among celebrities today. What has been the response from your readers?
Most of my readers love the book. It has recently been compared to the lots of the cheating and revenge cases in the news such as the Steve McNair situation.

As someone who reads a book not only for enjoyment but consideration for our book club, there are definitely several discussion pieces in your work. Did you write it with a particular message you wanted to get across?
Yes, I wanted everyone to know that forgiveness is power and what is done in the dark will always come to light.

Is there one character in particular that surprised you as to how they developed?
Yes, I would have to say Monique. She was freaky and uncensored. But she was ambitious. She set goals and mapped out a way to reach them.

An obvious question would be is will there be a sequel to CHEATING? Yes, the sequel will be ready in sometime in 2010.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers who might look at you now as an example of what they can accomplish?
My advice would be to follow your dreams and have thick skin. Sometimes in life you only get one shot at it.

Thank you for talking with us. Let our readers know where they can find you online.

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