Some would say that God will not put on a person more than they can bear, but Paige begs to differ, because she is truly on the edge. One more unexpected and unpleasant occurrence and she'll be free falling. As if physical, mental, sexual, and spiritual abuse from her husband doesn't weigh heavily enough on her, Paige learns that her best friend and sister in Christ slept with her husband. Thank God for Norman, one of Paige's co-workers. He is there to catch her fall before she hits the ground. But will Norman be there when Paige receives news that may not only push her off the edge, but cause her to jump willingly? In More Than I Can Bear, Paige must decide if she is going to allow herself to drown in the storms she finds herself in, or catch hold of the lifesaver God extends to her.
Release Date May 1, 2014
Publishing Company Urban Books
What was your inspiration for writing More Than I Can Bear?
My ghostwriter is definitely responsible for all the inspiration and creativity behind my latest novel, More Than I Can Bear. Everyone who knows me is aware that I’m not ashamed to admit that I have nothing to do with the content of my books. I just sit back and take dictation from my ghostwriter…the Holy Ghost. I sit on the edge of my seat, fingers crossed, waiting to find out what’s going to happen next…just like my readers do. At the time of writing this book that deals with some prejudice, racism, bigotry and just plain old ignorance, I had no idea that the week it would be released would be the same week Donald Sterlings’ audio tapes with offensive racial remarks would be released as well. I always say, “Why should I sit around and ponder on what to write about when God knows the exact message His children need and when they need it?” Favor and timing is what I call it.
What was your biggest challenge while writing More Than I Can Bear?
Ever since I switched from writing secular to Christian fiction I have always had the same challenge with each book. My challenge is letting go and letting God work through me. Creative people, whether they want to admit it or not, are very egotistical and protective of their work. So for me to have to give myself completely, as a willing vessel to be used by God to minister His word through literary entertainment, is tough. Now I know some folks are probably saying, “It ain’t that serious. It’s just a book.” But what I have learned through testimonies received by my readers is that I’m not just writing a book; I’m writing about someone’s life. I’m touching someone’s life. I’m changing someone’s life. I’m saving someone’s life.
If you were to create a spin-off of your newest book with one of your supporting characters, which one would it be and why?
Actually, there is a spin-off in the works and it’s titled When All is Said and Prayed. In More Than I Can Bear, the main character, Paige, went through the storm. We all have a storm we have to weather in life. Making it through the storm is one thing, surviving the aftermath is a whole other story…which is why I wrote a whole other story-LOL. What I see being the common denominator that readers walk away with from my series is deliverance. Getting delivered is one thing, walking in it is a completely different challenge. I want my readers to get the chance to see Paige walk it out.
How do you balance your fan's wants based on their feedback with your writing style and book's vision?
I love honest reviews, which is why I don’t solicit them or beg readers to go post them. I love when a reader is led on his/her own to just stop what they are doing and go write either a public review or reach out to me personally. That’s when I get complete heartfelt honesty. That honesty, whether good or bad, is the steam in the iron that allows me to flatten out all the wrinkles that might hinder me from engaging certain readers. Criticism, even constructive criticism, can sometimes have a little sting. What an author might have intended to be the message behind the book may not be the main thing a reader walked away with. So it’s my job to make sure that my stories are not one dimensional. I can’t be so focused on driving my main point home, that I neglect first, second and third base. I do so by writing what flows through me first, then taking into consideration past feedback from readers and incorporating that into the story.