5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Sandra Peoples-Gates, author of Foolish

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Sandra Peoples-Gates, editor of Foolish
(BlackBerry Fields Press)

Excerpt from Foolish: Sharee` stepped back away from the Escalade, watching as the shiny black beauty rolled around the circular driveway and out to the gated entrance. She waved goodbye, hugging herself tightly as the SUV disappeared into the slowly setting evening sun.

She turned, making her way back up the perfectly manicured lawn and onto the pebble stone sidewalk which would lead her to the front door. She took her cell phone out of the leather hip case and pressed the number one, then held the phone up to her ear. One ring. Two rings.

“Hello,” The sexy masculine voice answered on the other end.

“Hey baby, it’s me,” Sharee` began, stepping inside the house and pulling the front door closed behind her. “You can come over now. He’s gone.”

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Foolish?

Sandra Peoples-Gates: When I first started working on Foolish, the plan was for it to just be a more in depth retelling of a previously published work.

After I experienced some things in my marriage, I decided to incorporate those experiences into the book. I included some information for women and men that may be in an abusive relationship, no matter to what degree.

JP: What sets Foolish apart from other novels in its genre?

SPG: Foolish is fiction inspired by actual events that either I or people that I know have experienced. It is different because usually you have a man that is cheating. In this book it is the woman.

Usually, a woman does not become involved in an affair where she ends up being abused. Also, there is a section that tells what to look for in an abusive relationship and how to tell if you are with an abusive partner.

JP: Foolish deals with economic abuse. Could you explain what that is and its importance to people who may be oblivious to its existence?

SPG: Economic abuse is when a person basically is only with you for your money and what you can do for them. They don’t want you to do anything with your money without them having approved it, even when it comes to paying bills and taking care of the household.

If the abuser wants the money for some other purpose, be it for drugs, alcohol, or even some other person, the victim will either have to give up the money and risk losing everything, or risk enduring verbal, mental and even physical abuse.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Foolish?

SPG: I like to write and listen to music generally after the little ones are asleep. My MP3 is loaded with all sorts of music from T.I. to Justin Timberlake, Keyshia Cole to Deitrick Haddon. It took me about a year to finish Foolish.

JP: What’s next for Sandra Peoples-Gates?

SPG: The sequel to Foolish is in the works. I am also going to be doing more writers workshops and speaking to groups and organizations about economic abuse.

Economic abuse was something I didn’t even know existed until I endured it. Now, I want to educate as many people as I can. I have a lot of things I am working on to help writers and entrepreneurs get their voices heard.

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About Sandra Peoples-Gates:

I work as a business and publishing consultant. If you have any questions on starting a business or publishing your own book, email me at bblit@hotmail.com. I welcome your questions. I am also a contributing writer for brass magazine, which is a magazine for entrepreneurs.

I publish ‘Blueprint’, formerly Urban Voices Magazine, which is an online magazine with a focus on entrepreneurship on every level; from writers to barbers and beauticians, to musicians and web designers. If a person is an entrepreneur the magazine serves as a motivational vehicle for them.

Previous issues can be viewed at http://www.freewebs.com/bblit. Go to the ‘links’ section. I am also the host of the blogtalk radio show, ‘My life as an Entrepreneur’. Archived shows can be heard by going to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mrssgates. Follow me on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bblit.

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15 thoughts on “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Sandra Peoples-Gates, author of Foolish”

  1. That is a big issue even outside of the benefits. I think it is even abuse when someone bases the relationship on how you change yourself or conduct yourself and they feel they are entitled to treat you anyhow. When they think you are supposed to meet their standards after they have changed them that is manipulating the matter and that isn’t right to do.

  2. Wow! This book sounds awesome! I love when an author takes life’s experiences (ones that most of us have been through) and weaves them into an incredible story that most can identify with. I will be putting this book on my 2010 list! Thanks Joey!

    1. Not sure Joey. Still trying to get my first two republished. I am still working on the second in the murder mystery series as well.

      If you know of any publishers I can submit to please let me know. I’m always willing to try. Thanks so much and take care.

      Oh and yes…I do love my Kindle!

  3. Thanks so much Joey, I am so happy to see this and thank you for making this avenue available for writers. Thanks to Barbara and N.S. for the remarkable comments.
    ~Sandra~

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  5. Ms. Gates is so right about economic abuse. We tend to ignore it. Any abuse that makes a person lose sleep or stress needs to be brought to light. This is not a topic I can say I have read about before. What I can say is the title is befitting for how I would act reading it. From the excerpt alone, which may I add I had to read twice to see if I read it right, I was talking aloud. Sounds very interesting.

    1. The one thing to keep in mind about “economic abuse” is that it goes both ways. Meaning, both men and women can be economically abuse their spouse.

      A lot of women recount scenarios where the husband is the “bread-winner” and has a tight grip on the money. Everything comes and goes through him.

      Conversely, men recount the wives who keep a tight grip on the financing. You’re heard it, “What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine.”

      But the reality is, anyone can be abusive, even the kids…

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    Here is the list of people who are in the running for a FREE copy of Foolish by Sandra People.

    1) N.S. Ugezene
    2) Barbara Grovner
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    Leave a comment about your thoughts on the interview. One of the first FIVE people to comment will win a FREE copy of this book.

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    Here is the list of people who are in the running for a FREE copy of Foolish by Sandra People.

    1) N.S. Ugezene
    2) Barbara Grovner
    3) Jennifer C.
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