Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Interview with Kem Smith about her new book She's got her own. An Urban fiction with a difference.

Interview Questions:
      1. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I have a friend who home schools all seven of her children.  I learned from her there is a entire homeschool world with arts and education classes, proms, and book exchanges.  As a public school teacher, I’ve always been intrigued by this educational option.  I wanted to shed a good light on homeschooling.  Now, the other parts of the book such as the class reunions, the church, the baby momma, and the baby daddy are all inspired by everyday events that I have seen and heard.

2.      What genre does your book fall under?
Urban Fiction
3.      Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Sharay-Kimberly Elise

Brian-Morris Chestnut
Sheila-Taraji Henson
Michael-Michael Ealy

4.      What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
She's Got Her Own is a story about a woman named Sharay who makes the faith decision to chose family over money then she faces a lot of challenges but in the end she walks in her God given purpose.

5.      Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
 6.      How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I started it six years ago.  It took my 5 additional years to believe in myself enough to finish the story.
7.      What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s the Waiting to Exhale for married women who love Christ.
8.      Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I have a heart for married women.   There are so many untold stories that everyday married women grapple with. It seems that so many of our men are taking their cues from the world and not from the word.  I've listened to my friends on the phone.  Witnessed women around me in abusive relationships.  So, I can relate to the struggle of a married woman who is trying to align her love for God and her love for her husband.  The main character, Sharay is a manifestation of women who I’ve known over the years and Michael and Brian are men who need to identify not only who they are but also who they are in God.   These two men are a manifestation of what God can do when you start to follow Him instead of worldly desires.

9.      What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Both men and women should read my book because there is a golden nugget that everyone who reads it can identify with and learn from.  The topics covered in the book are so relevant to the times we live in today and even in society, the way it exists now, God still hears and answers prayers. Here are just some of the controversial topics.

1.Home Schooling
2.Young marriage
3. Good biblical counselling
4. Infidelity
5. Christians and gambling
6. Church leadership and promotions
7. Married couples attending separate worships

Book Title: She's Got Her Own
Genre: Urban Fiction
Paperback: 196 pages
ISBN-10: 1495455866
ISBN-13: 978-1495455865
Recommended Age Group 18 +
Book Release Date  May 2014

About The Author

Kem Smith is well known as the Owner of K.I.S.S. Fitness Studio. Equally at home in the health and physical fitness sector as she is in the world of words, Smith is the author of both non-fiction and fiction. In 2012, she released her debut title Sexy by the Weekend: A Practical Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life, which encouraged readers to get their sexy back using 7 practical keys for glamorous, alluring, and exciting living. She is also the author of two other titles, Swag on 10, a gripping tale about a young man who believes swag is everything until he experiences God swag and Why I Quit Teaching, a new teacher’s guide to surviving and thriving in the classroom.
Smith graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. A former teacher of English, Reading, Writing and Communication Arts, Smith has taught in elementary, middle and high school as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor for St. Louis Community College. She served as an active participant in Missouri Writers Workshop for over 7 years and has had her poetry published in Missouri Teachers Write magazine. Smith earned post-graduate course credit from University of Missouri in Teaching Writing Inquiry.
In addition to running her fitness business, writing books and nurturing her family, Smith is a writer for Education for All, Inc.'s Involved Parent Magazine and will be featured in the anthology "I Define Me" being published by the Nia Group Stl, Inc. Smith has written for the St. Louis American on education choices, been interviewed on several radio and television shows including Teacha Tigue's Let's Talk Shop on 1380AM The Woman, on Nichelle Womack's Small Business Hour on 690AM, along with segments on Great Day St. Louis and News Channel 9 special program focused on Teaching the Teachers.
The daughter of a military father, Kem Smith was born in Amberg, Germany. She has lived in North St. Louis County since her family returned to the United States. She resides in St. Louis with her husband and children.

About The Book
She’s Got Her Own by Kem M. Smith is a gripping tale of two people desperately wanting to make their marriage and family work, but wanting to find personal happiness themselves!
Sharay and Brian are a young couple trying to cope with a big lifestyle change. Sharay is a successful business woman who has quit her job to homeschool her kids. However, raising four children while keeping her faith and sanity has proved to be a bit more than she can handle. Things get even more complicated when an old boyfriend from her past shows up wanting to ignite a new romance he feels still has some spark left.
Sharay’s husband Brian is a hardworking man who just wants some recognition in church, to see his sons grow up to be strong, successful black men and to have a happy marriage. But he finds his world is slowly crumbling when Sharay doesn’t have the same future in mind.

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