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Khara Campbell, author of Not My Will, stops by the Book Talk Stop to discuss which character readers are going to love to hate, her challenges writing Not My Will and more!
Not My Will
Having hooked up with her boyfriend Ty the same night they met in a club, two years ago, Virtue now wants to put a hold on their sexual relationship, but she's not sure how Ty will take it. Their relationship started with sex from day one so she doesn't know how to break the news to him. Erika, Virtue's best friend from childhood, thinks Virtue is stupid for wanting to force her man to quit having sex. She warns Virtue that she may push Ty into the arms and legs of another woman. While on her self-discovery, Virtue meets Terrance, a new confidant who is everything she wishes Ty would be: a godly man for one. But she will find out that sometimes her will is not the best.
Publication date 3/4/2014
Publisher Delphine Publications
Book Talk Q&A
I really struggled with adding certain scenes, language and suggestive behavior in this novel. Not My Will is along the lines of a Christian fiction but it dabbles into a few things - sex for instance that in my opinion doesn't make it a ʺtraditionalʺ Christian fiction. I really wanted to keep the characters and the story authentic and in doing so there are some scenes in the book that I had to tune down a great deal but felt it was necessary for them to be in it. Overall from feedback I think it worked well, many readers have related to the story and some of the characters so I'm very happy about that.
Khara Campbell was born and raised in Nassau, The Bahamas but currently lives in Southern Maryland with her husband and their three children. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Along with being the author of Not My Will, Khara and her husband own a small power washing business. She is also a contributing writer for The Praying Woman website. In her free time Khara enjoys writing and spending time with her family on family outings and vacations.
Which character do you think that readers will love to hate in Not My Will and why?
So far from feedback the character readers will love to hate will be Ty. His attitude about his relationship with Virtue along with some other incidents may cause him to be unfavorable to some readers, but their opinion of him may change...
If you were to create a spin off of Not My Will with one of your supporting characters, which one would it be and why?
I do write a spinoff, which I've been asked to do by readers already, it would be with Erika. I would like to show how Erika's life progresses after all that she experiences in Not My Will. You will have to read Not My Will first to understand my reasons for chosing her if I do decided to write a spinoff. But I think readers would like to see her how her life unfolds.
What is a hidden talent or pastime that you enjoy that would surprise others?
I love to knit! I've been too busy to do it lately, but I really enjoy it. I'm not a pro, I just knit scarves, hats and small blankets but it's lots of fun and very relaxing. My sister in law is an avid knitter and she taught me how to knit years ago.
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