Author Love Belvin is back with the latest installment in her Prism series. I recently spoke with her about Grace.
Tell me about your latest book.
Grace is my latest release. It’s book two of a three-book serial, covering the romantic journey between a felon and a girl from the proverbial “other side of the tracks.” Their story is complicated and layered with secrets and unusual circumstances. Both Jas and Ashira are protective and filled with assumptions.
Why did you decide to write it?
In my fictional world, the LBU (Love Belvin’s Universe), I’m a relationship therapist—apparently a popular one. I’m never short of clients in need of my services. But more than that, there have been an abundance of intriguing clients with wonderful romantic journeys. I came across Jas from mutual friends—his friends, my former clients—about a year and a half ago. His story blossoming from the illegal trades world, to a convict, and finally a reformed Christian was one I couldn’t pass up.
Couple that—no pun intended—with a woman who is somewhat of a blueblood in a sense. She’s grown up in a palatial home with a housekeeper. Her father is an entrepreneur, affording her the same successful opportunities. Ashira’s accomplished, yet with no clue of the plight of a Black man growing up in an inner city. This alone is a conflict I couldn’t afford to ignore.
What do you want readers to learn from the story?
From the Prism series, I’d like for readers to have the same experience I’ve always set forth when taking on a couple. I’d like for readers to be reminded of how flawed people are—men and women, equally. Just as we’re all flawed, we all deserve an authentic, flourishing, and committed love. When reading each of my clients, you get their ugly upfront. Sugary-sweet romance isn’t something you’d find in the LBU. I try to mirror the grit of human nature. Hopefully, we’ll see ourselves and/or someone we’ll meet down the line in real life and be able to provide grace and understanding.
What do you want readers to learn from your life?
I’d much prefer having readers learn from my art rather than my life. My art is far more colorful than my life. It is filled with life lessons, mistakes, and hope.
If you could pick another profession, what would it be and why?
Psychology (seriously). LOL!!! I really enjoy the exploration of human beings. Duh, right?!
When did you fall in love with the written word?
In my fourth year of undergrad when discovering Mr. Eric Jerome Dickey. I devoured his work and grew inspired with each book. I’d never had life play out in between the front and back covers of a book. It was amazing! I knew from then I’d write romantic journeys.
What’s something readers would be surprised to know about you?
Readers may be surprised to know I’m far from private. I love talking to (sane) people. I’m very nosy, and I enjoy laughing and learning by way of human beings! I love people. Blame the Belvin in me.
What books have you read lately and loved?
Unfortunately, I’ve not been reading the way I prefer to. I’m lucky when I pair up with Christina C. Jones for our Connecticut Kings series and will read through her installment. It’s been like the highlight of my private reading time lately. I know I’m guaranteed a sound story.
What books are you excited to read?
I enjoy reading what I write: long, realistic, sexy, challenging love journeys.
What’s next for you?
Finishing up on Jas and Ashira’s beautiful journey. They’ve been so fun and accessible to me. I enjoy both their personalities and their chemistry. I’m looking forward to when I get to the final read of their conclusion, The Promise. That’s when I’ll have the full view my sister-readers are seeking.
Do you have anything you would like to add?
Other than to thank you for this opportunity and the tireless work you perform for our community, I can close here. My absolute best, Black Fiction Addiction!
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Goodreads: Love Belvin