My friends have been telling me to read Love Belvin's work for at least a year now and now that I've read it, I'm upset with myself for not starting sooner. I recently read her Wayward Love series and I am absolutely smitten with her writing. So much so, I've included that series and it's characters in some of my other blog content. At this point, it was only right that I reach out to see if she would come kick with Hopeful Heartbreakers. Keep scrolling so you can get to meet the fabulous author behind that magical pen.
1. What started you on your path to writing?
My enjoyment of reading romance is what made me want to write it. I decided in undergrad after devouring Eric Jerome Dickey’s catalog. My major, in school, required lots of writing I hated. So, I decided in my fourth year, I’d write a romance novel in no time and it would be great. Boy, was that a joke!
2. What were some of the challenges you faced on the road to publication?
The biggest challenge for me was simply finishing the story. I didn’t control the reins of my clients’ “sessions,” and let them freestyle. I was also progressing in my personal life becoming an adult, causing me to put aside the “book” for years to tend to my own life. Finally, after getting my Master’s degree and not having luck finding work in 2012, I picked up that “book,” and took writing it seriously.
3. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Evolution in my writing is a constant phenomenon. With each project I begin, there’s something—a weakness in my writing—that’s highlighted in my mind for correction. I try lessening my voice outside of dialogue—at least, that’s been my attempt this go round. I’ve not been as successful as I’d like, but because I’m cognizant of the issue, I know it’s changed my writing/recording process. There are always new ways I try presenting my clients to the reader.
4. What cultural value do you see in writing/storytelling?
The type of writing I do has the cultural value of perpetuating the possibility of meaningful, monogamous, soul-stirring, romantic love. There’s a needed value of that in Black culture.
5. What are the upsides and downsides of being an author?
The upside of being a published author is reaching people emotionally by way of words. It’s magical. The downside is encountering that expressive reader who is raving about your work and “superior” writing abilities from one project, and then abandoning you on your the next. While it doesn’t make me question my talent, it does make it hard to receive praise in general from readers, because it can be so fickle. In spite of that, I absolutely love what I do.
6. What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
Seeing/meeting readers at signings. The love when we meet is explosive. Being able to receive their generous energy and share mine should be bottled.
7. Do you insert your persona or personal experiences in your books/characters at all?
I don’t at all. I’m actually drawn to those who are least like me. There are some things we may have in common, but they are their own beings.