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.
â€œHello,â€ The sexy masculine voice answered on the other end.
â€œHey baby, itâ€™s me,â€ Sharee` began, stepping inside the house and pulling the front door closed behind her. â€œYou can come over now. Heâ€™s gone.â€
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 donâ€™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 didnâ€™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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome your questions. I am also a contributing writer for brass magazine, which is a magazine for entrepreneurs.
I publish â€˜Blueprintâ€™, 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 â€˜linksâ€™ section. I am also the host of the blogtalk radio show, â€˜My life as an Entrepreneurâ€™. 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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