What is your book’s genre or category and what draws you to the genre?
I write Romances. Interracial romances is the sub-genre.
I like the dynamics of these relationships, dealing with conflict and prejudices and preconceived notions that people have about each other; as well as how their outlook changes as they get to know the person.
Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?
Jeremy is the son of a minister who became a model against his father’s wishes. He meets Aura who is curvy black woman and they fall in love.
Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?
I heard something said once on Entertainment television as they were talking about a certain couple that they felt didn’t “go together”. They couldn’t see what they saw in each other because the woman was a bit older and the guy had been a child actor. I felt that these people were drawing their conclusions about this couple based on the roles they played, one being an older singer and the other a one-time child star. I thought about all of the preconceived notions I’d heard that blacks had about whites and vice versa, as well as preconceived notions and prejudices about people in general. I decided to write a story about a minister’s son born and bred in the south and a black girl from New York. All kinds of preconceived notions I’d heard about people in those particular walks of life popped in my head and the story started coming together.
Is there a part of you in any of the characters?
Well I am Black, though I’ve never been in an interracial relationship. My sister however, married a white guy that she went to high school with in the seventies and a lot of my family experiences helped to shape my writing.
If you assigned an actor/actress to the characters in your novel, who would they be?
That’s a tough question. I’ve never imagined any particular actor in the roles I’ve written.
Do you have a favorite book or art that inspires you?
I love reading historical romances especially those set in 18th Century England.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve always loved to write stories since I was in Elementary school. I used to write love stories about my friends and guys that they wanted to be with when we were in Middle and High school.
How do you find the time to write?
It is very hard at times. Sometimes I write after work, but most of the time I do it on weekends.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a series called Stereotypically Yours, and it’s a story of couples dealing with all types of stereotypes surrounding being blond, being older, interracial marriage and it will be a bit comical.
How can readers find you online?
Readers can find me on Facebook as B.D. Anderson.
I’m on Twitter as Preachabrenda.
My website is Preacharomantic.com
Excerpt from The Preacher’s Son
Reverend Ferguson walked into the room and looked around. “Everyone ready to eat?” He looked at his oldest daughter. “Jessica, say the blessing,” he instructed as he sat down at the table.
Jessica smiled and grabbed Jeremy’s hand. After everyone was holding hands, she began to pray. “Lord, thank you for this food and thank you for bringing my brother back home to visit us. Oh, and thank you for Mom and Dad and Tara. Amen.”
“Amen,” they said in unison.
“Well, I do have a surprise for all of you,” Jeremy said, smiling, looking around the table.
“What? Tell us!” his mother said, leaning forward.
“Well, you know, Pop,” he said, looking at his father directly, “I’m going to put your mind at ease because I’ve invited a young lady over for dinner.”
“What? What are you talking about?” his mother asked, surprised.
“Pop wanted to know if men were hitting on me in New York,” Jeremy said dryly. “I’ve asked a young lady that I want you to meet over for dinner. I will finally be able to put Pop’s mind at ease since he thinks that I have gay men hitting on me.”
“Jeremy!” his father snapped. “We’re at dinner, and we do not discuss such things at the table.”
“Oh, you don’t want to know if I’m gay or not?” Jeremy asked, smiling innocently.
“Jeremy Alexander Ferguson, you will watch your mouth,” his father snapped.
“Son, what is this all about?” his mother asked. “Who is coming?”
“My girlfriend, Aura. We traveled here together, and now I want you to meet her. She dropped me off at the church, and I sent her back to the hotel until I called her.”
Jeremy’s father put down his fork. “Why didn’t she attend the service with you?”
“I wanted to tell you about her first. I didn’t want to just show up with her at church. And before you ask, Pop, yes she is a Christian. I texted her after we left church. She should be here any minute.”
Just then the doorbell rang, and Jeremy quickly wiped his mouth. “Oh, that must be her now,” Jeremy said, jumping up and walking to the front door. He opened it and found Aura staring back at him, looking nervous. He gave her a reassuring smile and put his arm around her as he shut the door. “You ready?” He asked smiling at her.
“I guess” she responded nervously.
Jeremy felt his heart beating fast as he walked back towards the dining room. He noticed his father looking at his mother and then at him as he approached them. “Everyone, this is Aura,” Jeremy announced proudly with his arm around her, pulling her closer as he stood before his family.
No one said anything at first, trying to recover from their initial shock. There was a long pause as they stared at the young lady standing beside Jeremy. Jeremy held his breath as he watched his father’s eyes roam over Aura. He instinctively knew that his family didn’t approve of her and he knew the reason why. Aura was a dark-skinned black girl with short hair that she wore in tiny twists and Jeremy knew that she was far from being the type of girl that his family, especially his father expected him to bring home. After all, this was South Carolina and he knew that interracial relationships were still not accepted by a lot of people in this conservative state. He looked from his father to his
mother waiting for a response.
“Hello, Aura,” his mother said as she broke the silence that filled the room.
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