JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Vanessa Miller, author of Forsaken
(Urban Trade Paper)
Pastor Jerome Tyler “JT” Thomas is charismatic behind the pulpit, charming to all he comes in contact with, and lethal to those who linger too long. Since the age of twenty-two, when he prayed for God to keep him out of
prison, JT knew he would preach the gospel. Bishop Turner makes it possible, but there are strings attached. Now JT isn’t sure he can stay tied down.
Cutting loose causes more problems than JT anticipated. When an old friend from his days on the streets resurfaces and his extra curricular activity comes knocking on his front door, JT’s life and the lives of those close to
him spiral out of control. Now he will need divine intervention to make things right. How much help can a man hope to receive when he feels he’s been forsaken by God?
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Forsaken?
Vanessa Miller: There have been so many stories in the media about pastors who have fallen that I wanted to write a book that shows people what needs to happen when you find yourself in a fallen state. This book is not just for fallen pastors, but any Christian who falls. It’s a book that shows that you can get back up.
JP: What sets Forsaken apart from other novels in its genre?
VM: Many authors have written novels that depict fallen preachers, but my novel is more about how to get back up after falling. Forsaken will show the reader that it’s not over just because man says its over. God has the final say.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Forsaken getting out to the public?
VM: If there is any secret to success, I would say it is simply that I haven’t given up. I pray about my career constantly, and I get up every morning and work. My hope is that the work I have put in over the years will land
Forsaken on numerous bestseller lists.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Forsaken?
VM: I wrote Forsaken in three months from start to finish. In order for me to be able to complete an entire manuscript within 2-3 month timeframe, I get up every morning and sit down in front of my computer and write. My writing hours are normally between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
I work from about 9-6 everyday. But I spend a few hours each day on the business side of writing: responding to my editors, agent or readers. Working on cover art for new books with my publisher, working on edits and
my tour schedule.
JP: What’s next for Vanessa Miller?
VM: My schedule is really busy right now because I have four books coming out in 2010.
Yesterday’s Promise (April 2010)
Forgiven – sequel to Forsaken (June 2010)
Tomorrow’s Promise (Oct. 2010)
Long Time Coming (Nov. 2010)
Vanessa Miller “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalms 27:13”
Essence Bestselling Author
Forsaken in stores October 1, 2009 – the story of a fallen preacher’s journey back to God.
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