When did you first have the thought you'd like to write a book? Was that first thought related to writing romance?
I think interpreting life through imagination as a writer has always been with me, from a young girl on. As I think about it writing about ‘romance’ is always in the forefront, the basis for my novels, and always heavily incorporated in my novels.
What was your path to getting this book written and published? What type of research did you do?
I used a subject, a beautiful, sad young woman in a brothel, there against her will. I shopped THE LIGHT OF DAY around, but not very much before Extasy Books happened. I did no research, just used imagination, experience and observing life.
Where did the idea for your story come from?
THE LIGHT OF DAY reaches way back, maybe as far back as my teens. I happened across a storefront brothel then and what I saw never left my memory and became the subject many years later for my story.
Are your main characters completely imaginary or do they have some basis in real people? Do they reflect aspects of yourself?
Except for the character, Carlotta Rivera, none of the characters are based on real life. And even the character Carlotta Rivera is totally different from the girl I saw in the brothel storefront window since I have no idea who she was, or where she came from. I’d have to say even she’s imaginary.
What have been surprises you've encountered while writing the book and after?
I can’t say I recall any surprises while writing THE LIGHT OF DAY. The finished book, however, was surprisingly gratifying. I think it presents or presented a better story than when I began writing it.
What did you learn? For instance, what did you learn about yourself, your process, the writing world; about brothels, and being called into the ministry?
I don’t think I learned anything about myself. For me, most of the writing process deals with ‘discovery’ finding out who the people are in the story, and how they conduct their lives. The main characters, Michael Bradley and Carlotta consumed most of the writing process. The ‘writing world’ is an uncommon place, but it’s where I’ve always been. I think I love it! As for the brothel, I guess I had to think a lot about what life might be like for the women in that brothel storefront.
What are you working on now?
I’m in the process of ‘editing’ my latest book with extasybooks.com, THE WAY OF LOVE.
If you were not a writer, what would your dream job be?
I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing. However, when I was very young I had dreams of being an opera singer, so that’s it, that’s what I’d be.
Michael Bradley hasn't been able to find the way to express his deep love for Carlotta Rivera, something he's wanted to tell her for so long.
From the day 19-year-old Michael Bradley sees a beautiful sad Mexican girl in a Chicago brothel storefront window, he can't get her out of his mind. He returns the next day, but she's not there, and the brothel has shut down. That very same day an unknowable force leads Reverend Robert Peterson to go to that area of town. He's moved when he sees the sad-looking girl in the shabby storefront. He and his wife come to the rescue of Carlotta Rivera.
Attorney Michael Bradley is in the hospital after a fall on an icy pavement. He can't believe that his attending nurse is that girl he saw ten years before, Carlotta Rivera. What happiness! Michael yearns to express his long-held feelings for Carlotta, but he can't bring himself to do so. Also, he has to deal with his physician half-brother Duc Le and Ben Peterson, son of Reverend Peterson, who are interested in her. How does Michael respond to a Calling to go into the ministry?
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About Loretta: I’m an African American female multi-published writer, residing in Dover, Delaware. Published works include: THE COLOR OF MURDER under contract with Black Opal Books, BOTTOM TALES AND OTHERS with Leo Publishing, THE LIGHT OF DAY and THE WAY OF LOVE both with Extasy Books. Other published works include poetry and essays, plus several plays published. Many of my ‘Plays’ have been stage productions-I’ve enjoyed a long-time association with the theatre. Ghostwriting is another area in which I work. I’ve also been published in several journals and magazines, and contribute to a church newsletter. I have a college degree in English, I have received literary and theatrical recognition, I belong to an honor society and other laudable organizations, and I volunteer in my community and my church. I frequently speak at venues doing readings of my work. I have LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and many other social contacts as well. My next writing project keeps me busy.
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org