Get You Good Virtual Book Tour Featuring Author Rhonda BowenBy APOOO • Mar 22nd, 2013 • Category: APOOO Features • Email This Post • Print This Post
Welcome to APOOO, Rhonda!
In 140 words or less, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a complicated girl from Jamaica who now lives in Toronto Canada. When my first novel came out I used to tell people that I was an event planner. But I have transitioned out of that career in the past few years and am now finishing up studies in the area of child and youth work. This will see me working with complicated and often high risk youth. When not writing or working or studying, I prefer to spend my time with my family or staying active going hiking, camping or playing sports. Otherwise you might find me at my church involved in various youth-related initiatives. My faith however, is the absolute centre around which everything else orbits. It’s pretty much the only thing that has stayed constant throughout my crazy life.
In 140 words or less, tell us why Get You Good would make a great addition to our personal library.
How far would you go for love? Would you lie? Cheat? Steal? Kill? Get You Good forces you to ask yourself those questions. It’s a story about love and loyalty and what those two things mean in the context of family. Sydney is young woman whose career and existence become threatened by her new sister-in-law. When she finds out that said sister-in-law is not everything she appears to be Sydney is determined to do whatever she needs to in order to protect her brother and her family’s legacy, even if it means destroying her own romantic relationship and straddling the line between what’s wrong and what’s very wrong. Think you know how far you would go? Get You Good forces you to think again.
How did you come up with the premise for Get You Good?
The idea for Get You Good actually came from Genesis 34, the story of Dinah’s rape. I find this to be one of the more interesting stories in Genesis, particularly when you get to the reaction of Dinah’s brothers which involved them killing an entire town of men. Sometimes we read these stories in the Bible and they seem so far from something that could happen with everyday people. I wondered what it would be like to take that concept of revenge into a modern setting, flip it a bit and see how it might play out. So I did!
Tell us about the main character(s) in Get You Good.
Our heroine of sorts is Sydney Isaacs. She is the eldest sister of a large dysfunctional family, primarily made up of women. But as the oldest sister she feels it her responsibility to preserve her family legacy. Part of that legacy is Decadent, the gourmet pastry shop that has been in her family for years. When the shop is threatened and when a member of her family is threatened she is willing to do almost anything to protect them. Unfortunately that anything crosses over into shady territory, but she is so blinded by her own desire to make things right that she can’t see how wrong she is.
Our hero is Hayden Windsor, who is the quintessential good guy who somehow ends up between a rock and a hard place. He loves Sydney and has this connection with her because they grew up together, but at the same time he’s trying to do right by his family, in his case his sister Sheree. He has to make a choice between these two important women in his life and it’s in making this choice that things get complicated.
What are some of the main themes you portray in Get You Good?
Loyalty is a big theme in Get You Good. Loyalties are betrayed and many of the characters have to choose who they will be loyal to throughout the novel. The question of whether love should trump loyalty or whether love is loyalty also comes up. There is also the question of how much is too much? How much is too much to get back what has been taken from you? How much is too much to forgive?
What makes Get You Good different from other books in the marketplace?
I think the themes might be familiar but the way they play out is not. In addition I think that in Get You Good, the line between villain and victim is very blurry. No character is really all bad and no character is really all good, which adds to the realism because that’s how it is in real life.
What genre is Get You Good and who is the target audience?
It is women’s fiction and it is inspirational, but it is not so tightly fitted into those genres that other readers can’t get something from it. There’s a little bit of intrigue, quite a bit of romance, even some action in there!
What lessons have you learned about the publishing industry?
That it requires discipline to stay in the game. A lot of people can write a novel. Not as many people can write two. But publishers aren’t looking for one book authors. They want authors that they can grow, and that means having the discipline to produce on schedule. Which leads to the other thing I’ve learned: it’s important to have a vision for where you want to be as a writer. Don’t just think about your second book, but think about what kind of author you want to be.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
Well I am working on my fourth novel, so readers can look for that early next year. It is a follow up to Get You Good, so get ready to see some of those crazy characters again.
Is there anything else you would like to share with APOOO readers?
I would love to hear from you guys so hit me up online via email, Rhonda.firstname.lastname@example.org or on my website rhondabowen.com. You can also find me at facebook.com/MsRhondie.
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