JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Suzetta Perkins, author of In My Rearview Mirror
(Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster)
Margo Myles is over 40 and giving birth to twins. But she doesn’t know who the father is – her soon to be ex-husband, Jefferson, or one-time fling, Malik Mason.
Malik is running for a political office and unbeknownst to Margo and Jefferson, Malik is also getting ready to marry their daughter. Scandal and politics seem to make perfect bedfellows as evidenced by the bizarre triangle mother and daughter find themselves – fueled by Malik’s desire to possess political power, an heir and a woman to call his own.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “In My Rearview Mirror”?
Suzetta Perkins: “In My Rearview Mirror” is the third and final installment in my Behind the Veil series. In this novel, I wanted to bring the Myles’ family full circle and hopefully iron out some of the wrinkles of the past.
JP: What sets “In My Rearview Mirror” apart from other books in the same genre?
SP: While my characters are fictional, I touch the nerve of the reader by writing about real live drama that they are witness to in our society today. “In My Rearview Mirror” is political scandal/political suicide at its best that would produce some of the biggest tabloid headlines if it wasn’t fictional.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “In My Rearview Mirror” getting out to the public?
SP: It’s all about marketing. Marketing my novel is key to keeping my work in front of the readers. You have to be a social media junkie – meaning you must have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, email, and other social mediums.
I interact with book clubs. Word-of-mouth is worth more than gold. If someone loves your book and tells someone else, the action keeps repeating itself.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “In My Rearview Mirror”?
SP: This is my eighth book. With the knowledge I’ve learned about writing, I’ve been able to write a book in six months – maybe less if it’s a sequel. With a sequel, I’m already familiar with my characters. Giving them a new storyline is the easy part.
I write every night. I have a full-time job, so night time is when I’m able to write. Before I began to write a book, I prepare a character profile on each of my main characters. By doing, I breathe life into the characters.
JP: What’s next for Suzetta Perkins?
SP: I’m presently working on my ninth novel entitled “Silver Bullets” about the zany antics of women over fifty.
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