JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Sherlyn Powell, author of Something Desirable
Adrienne Baxter is a brilliant, young, beautiful and successful African American architect on the fast track to the top of her field. When she reunites with her college sweetheart, sheâ€™s ready to begin a new chapter in her life. Brian Stevens is steady, dependable and successful and seems to be everything Adrienne wants and needs. She convinces herself she and Brian are meant to be together. Then Dexter Hughes walks into her life. Dexter was not supposed to happen!
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Something Desirable?
Sherlyn Powell: I decided to look at the story I started several years ago and see if I could develop it. I made major changes and with the two characters named Adrienne and Brian. Today there are many strong women in our society, yet there are some women that donâ€™t feel they can be independent. Or they donâ€™t want to be alone.
I wanted women to read my novel and identify with Adrienne and her success. The message to all women is you are beautiful and you can do anything you set your mind to do.
JP: What sets Something Desirable apart from other novels that features a torrid love triangle?
SP: Although there is some sexual tension between Adrienne and Brian and Adrienne and Dexter, the real challenge she faces is trying to be the strong independent woman she was raised to be and to understand the difference between love and desire.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Something Desirable getting out to the public?
SP: Word of mouth has been helpful. Something Desirable has been read by women of all ages, and they have shared their enthusiasm with others. I also network online and at various events, such as the National Black Book Festival in Houston, Texas.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Something Desirable?
SP: I donâ€™t actually use a formal outline.Â I just write, and I couldnâ€™t wait to get a pen and paper. It took me approximately a year and a half to finish Something Desirable. I get ideas anytime, when Iâ€™m driving among other places. Recently the two main characters in my new novel had a tense conversation in my head which got me really excited.
JP: What’s next for Sherlyn Powell?
SP: I am writing a romance novel that has a mysterious beginning about an older, wealthy, sophisticated woman and the difficulty she faces even within her own family as they throw obstacles in her path to love.
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