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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Ashea Goldson, author of The Lovechild

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Ashea Goldson, author of The Lovechild
(Urban Christian/Kensington)

The Lovechild provides a riveting ride through the life of Makaeli Lovechild Hunt, a successful fashion designer who struggles with her biracial identity and her spirituality. Born into a dysfunctional family and enduring many hardships, she eventually becomes estranged from them.

She escapes to Italy where she dives into her career and masks her resentment for her family, for God and for herself. Finally a family emergency forces her to face her tumultuous past.

In seven life-altering days, she discovers what firgiveness really means. Amidst crises painful enough to make her turn her back on God forever, she learns what it means to be God’s lovechild.

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

Ashea Goldson: The Lovechild grew in my spirit from the notion that nothing can separate us from the love of God, no matter what it looks or feels like. I was inspired to write a story of an emotionally wounded person and their journey to deliverance and redemption. Although the character’s experience doesn’t parallel mine, I too have been delivered and redeemed.

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

AG: Not only is the novel different in that it has an international setting, but unlike so many books in this genre, it is neither a love story nor a best friends story. It also adds a fast paced element of mystery.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The Lovechild getting out to the public?

AG: One of the greatest keys to my success is my faith, knowing that nothing is impossible for God. Therefore, I pray, do what I must do in the natural and don’t give up when situations seemingly don’t work out my way.

Other keys to my success are dedication and determination. I’ve always been a believer in doing what I need to do in order to accomplish whatever is needed. Even though my schedule is often hectic with the full-time business that I run, family and ministry, I am dedicated to my calling. I continue to push myself forward. Not writing is not an option.

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

AG: It took between two and a half to three years to finish The Lovechild because I was studying the craft of fiction writing during those years and. As I learned, the story kept changing, hopefully becoming better. I didn’t have a formal process at the time. I just wrote and edited as I went along.

However, now that I have completed more than one manuscript, my process involves doing a character analysis, research, a plot outline, then a complete rough draft before I start “fixing” the story. The entire process now takes me a few months instead of a few years.

JP: What’s next for Ashea Goldson?

I will be promoting my story, “The Kit Cat Trial” in an anthology entitled Pets Across America which was just released in October 2009. The proceeds will go towards pet activist organizations.

My next Christian fiction novel, Joy Comes In The Morning, will be released in July 2010. I am currently working on the sequel to this which is Count It All Joy. I will be re-releasing a non-fiction work entitled Resurrecting Vision in January 2010 through my own publishing company, GoldWrite Publishing. I also have plans to publish a few other works as well.

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