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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… The New York Times and Essence Best Seller Mary Monroe, author of Deliver Me From Evil

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
The New York Times and Essence Best Seller Mary Monroe, author of Deliver Me From Evil

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Once upon a time, Christine Thurman had the perfect marriage. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, she made good by marrying Jesse Ray Thurman and helping him build a business worth millions. Together, they were the perfect couple–attractive, successful, and deeply in love. Christine was convinced she’d spend the rest of her life by her handsome husband’s side.

But twelve years later, J.R. has become obsessed with building his video store empire and is taking his wife for granted. Feeling trapped and alone in a dead-end marriage, Christine finds herself tempted by her old haunts and the people she thought she left behind long ago. Suddenly, without J.R. even realizing it, their seemingly unshakable bond has started fraying at the seams–and Christine will do anything to break free.

Enter Wade Eddie Fisher, a bad boy with good looks from Christine’s past. Wade left their hometown long ago to follow his Hollywood dreams, but now he’s back, penniless, and as tempting as ever. Even though Wade is far from dependable, he offers Christine something she can’t seem to resist. Soon she’s immersed in a sultry affair, and before she knows it, she’s concocted a scheme so risky that it promises to deliver everything she could possibly want–or shatter the lives of everyone close to her…

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Deliver Me from Evil?

Mary Monroe: My ideas and inspiration come from a variety of sources. I had read a newspaper article about a woman who had faked her own kidnapping and gotten away with it until her accomplice spilled the beans. The characters in this book are all composites of people I know.

JP: What sets Deliver Me from Evil apart from other novels in its genre?

MM: I don’t think of this book as being “set apart” from others in its genre. Its simply a mainstream story that could have been written by any other author.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Deliver Me from Evil getting out to the public?

MM: My publisher did a fantastic job of promoting this book. I was sent on an extensive national book tour, I did numerous TV, radio, and telephone interviews, and I made a lot of public appearances in bookstores and libraries throughout the country.

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

MM: I don’t have a set routine. But I write off and on throughout the day, almost every single day. It took about six months to write this book. I went through about four drafts before the manuscript was ready to go to my editor.

JP: What’s next for Mary Monroe?

MM: I have two new books coming out next year! In March 2009 The Company We Keep will be released. It is based on an original screenplay by Roy Campanella II and will be released in trade paperback. (The release date of the movie is still pending.) In September 2009 God Ain’t Blind will be released in hardcover, and it will be the fourth book in my on-going God Don’t Like Ugly series.

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