Linda Dominique Grosvenor's first novel, Sometimes I Cry has a different spin on the age-old tale of "The Other Woman." The heroine, Aaliyah Barnswell, has Christian convictions, is a virgin at 28, and ultimately has to choose between the man she loves and her religious beliefs.
M.T.: What inspired you to write Sometimes I Cry?
D.G.: I was inspired to write Sometimes I Cry because I felt that there had been enough dodging the issue of adultery. Especially since infidelity has been glamorized in movie, television and song.
M.T.: Did you ever approach mainstream publishing with this book?
D.G.: Yes, I approached several major publishers with my manuscript. I have the rejection letters.
But it didn't deter me from my goal. My goal was to get my story out there and that's exactly what
M.T.: How did you find out about Dr. Milligan?
D.G.: I initially learned about Dr. Milligan from Victoria Christopher Murray, the author of Temptation. Victoria was very instrumental in guiding me through the publishing and marketing aspects of the business. She gave me the contact information because I was higly impressed with the quality of her product.
M.T.: Do you worry about "The Wife" feeling like your book justifies "The Other Woman's" position?
D.G.: No, I feel that the book speaks of forgiveness and reconciliation to God. The issues with th
e other woman was prompted by his wife's disinterest, which is no justification, but it was his
motive nevertheless. When couples get married, the marriage does not maintain itself on
"cruise control." This book is evidence of infidelity on both parts, but it's also about second chances.
M.T.: What advice would you give new writers?
D.G.: New and aspiring writers should write everyday. They should read lots of whatever genere they
are interested in writing to get a feel of what's out there. They should take writing classes and
never think that they are too good to improve. A helpful book would be any writer's handbook.
They teach in-depth about writing dialogue and other crucial elements of any gentre. I also
recommend that writers joining a book club. They'll see and experience firsthand what readers
M.T.: Are you writing another book?
D. G. Yes! I'm almost done with my second work of fiction. Writing is my profession now. I love to
write. I will be touching on another crucial subject that is always shied away from.
Homosexuality. I also write poetry and am currently taking scriptwriting classes, so you haven't
heard the last from me.
M.T.: Thank you Ms. Grosvenor for your instructive interview.